Our Worldview

July 20, 2018 · Print This Article

We have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to have a few holidays in America. We’ve been to Florida, California, Virginia and the mid-west and always enjoyed our visits. But, as I get older I don’t like flying at all, especially the long flights needed to get to the USA. I am also a bad sailor so could not think about going by ship.

So I came up with the bright idea of going by train. I checked all the main London stations, even major regional ones like Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh, only to discover you can’t get to America by train from the UK. But maybe if I went on Eurostar I could pick up a train somewhere between France and Russia that goes to the United States?

Sadly, not. Even in Europe or the far east, I can’t catch a train which will take me to America. So here I am, determined to find a train to take me to America, can you help me? No, of course not, because no one has yet built a bridge or a tunnel to connect the UK with the US. The problem is called the Atlantic ocean!

If I persist that I want to go by train, you would eventually conclude that I was either thick as two short planks, or perhaps had some mental health issues. But, actually, the problem is that I am trying to change the world to suit my vision of it! In my vision of the world there should be a train from the UK to the US for my convenience. But before you give up on this blog think about it for a minute.

There are a lot of people who try to create their own version of what the world is and what the world should be! Are they all thick or having mental health problems? Obviously not, but here is an interesting thought.

An awful lot of people have a vision of the world with no first cause, no creator, no God. They believe in evolution, life somehow evolving out of nothing, then evolving and evolving until we have human beings. How anyone can look at the world around them and not see a creator’s hand is simply amazing.

An awful lot of people believe that good and bad are relative, that there is no right or wrong, because they choose to decide what is good or bad, right or wrong. That’s their vision of their world, but they run into problems when they come against someone else’s vision of right and wrong, or even with the laws in the country they live in.

For many years research has shown our children do best if their parents are married. Parents who live together are far more likely to separate than a married couple, but even marriages sometimes go wrong and end in divorce. Too many people, especially those in positions of power in government, have a vision of a world where marriage is not important. No one must be upset because someone states bluntly that children do better with married parents. How many emotionally damaged people are struggling as a result of their parents splitting up.

Abortion is a hot topic in today’s world with many women, and some men, demanding that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body. But with around 180,000 abortions in the UK last year, what about the right of the child to life. But the divisive worldview of abortion supporters is that the rights of the mother trump the rights of the child.

What about homosexuality in today’s world? The worldview of its supporters is that everyone must not only accept it, which most people do but actively support it whatever their own personal views might be.

But could it be that there is a day of reckoning coming? I would argue that each of those worldviews is as stupid as mine in expecting to go to America by train. Maybe we need to think about our worldview and challenge ourselves as to where it came from. Have we really thought it through carefully or just absorbed the prevailing opinion in our media and culture?

Perhaps it’s worth thinking about how we are travelling through life. As the Living Bible says in Proverbs 29.18, “Where there is ignorance of God, crime runs wild; but what a wonderful thing it is for a nation to know and keep his laws.”

By Keith Hartrick.

[Keith is a retired Managing Director and the church leader of our Leeds congregation, Grace Communion International. He is editor of Richard’s blogs.]

[Photo by Slava Bowman on Unsplash]

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