Do you watch a specific newscast because you think is more balanced in its journalistic response than another? Do you read a newspaper because it seems as if this publication is more suited to telling the truth? Do you visit websites to gain information based on what you believe to be the trustworthiness of the site?
I have a pronouncement to make – and it might surprise you.
Every news channel on television, every newspaper on the planet and every website you will visit has a bias. You may be drawing a collective gasp, but it’s true.
This statement is made following my own self-evaluation and I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a personal bias. My bias may be comprised of many things, but foremost is my Christian worldview.
If I were to write an article about the origins of the earth it would be tempered with what I believe the Bible to say about the event.
If I were asked to write an article about Easter it would be tempered with what I believe to be true about the resurrection.
If I were asked to write a story about Christmas it would be tempered with the joy I feel knowing that God had a plan for the salvation of mankind.
Our worldview will always temper what we believe or accept as truth about virtually every aspect of our existence.
You need to know this is a phenomenon that is the same everywhere and with everyone.
Some will claim they have no specific worldview, yet they may make disparaging remarks about those who follow Christ. In essence their worldview is filled with the basis for inclusionary thought, but ultimately lacks full tolerance.
A person might accept subjective truth as a worldview, but they too will come to despise Christians because the worldview for Christians insists that there is absolute truth.
Our worldview will always guide what we accept, what we share and what we ultimately believe about virtually every subject in life.
It will guide our thinking on subjects like…
The existence of God.
The trustworthiness of God
What Jesus’ death and resurrection mean.
What values are important to the Christian?
How accepting are we to be of other worldviews.
How accepting are we to be of the people who hold those views.
Is there a difference?
Should I have an opinion on a woman’s reproductive rights?
Should I have a political opinion?
How vocal should I be about my opinions?
Sometimes we get caught up in attempting to mimic the methods of those who have differing worldviews. It might be that if they act belligerent, we may feel that we have a right to be belligerent as well.
Interestingly the Christian worldview actually demonstrates a differing view of how we should deal with those who may be opposed to our faith.
What does God say? “You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that” (Matthew 5:43-47 – Msg).
Our worldview is important. The worldview we hold to be true will influence every area of our thinking and reasoning. We know this is true of all forms of media; it is also true of us. We are called to be salt and light, but this only happens when we really know what we believe and why we believe it.
Share your worldview with others. Refrain from using a defensive position that seems more closely aligned with other worldviews. The world wants to see something different in our lives so let’s show them something different, better and life changing.