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Many years into our homeschooling years, I received a harsh reminder about just how critical it is to help our kiddos develop a solid biblical worldview.
Our oldest daughter was in her freshman year of college - attending an institution that was proudly self-described as a Christian school - when she walked into her sociology class. Her professor waxed eloquent about how anyone who believed in miracles was basically living in ignorance and naivete. Faith was for the foolish. Wisdom was found in knowledge.
My daughter, strong and sincere (and pretty darn brave, I thought!), raised her hand and engaged with said professor, ensuring that she would be in his cross-hairs all semester long. Which she was. All semester long. Standing her ground.
And still received an "A."
A biblical worldview is for out-and-about
Our homeschooling years are now over, but looking back, I do have to admit that our kids led a pretty protected life. Not that I'm ashamed of that in any way. We had friends that came from many different walks of the Christian life, but as they were growing up, we all encouraged each other in our faith. Knowing what we believed, and looking at the world through "Christian-colored glasses" gave them a touchstone. It taught them to see hypocrisy, to see errors in thought and logic, to have a clear lens through which to view the lies and twisted truths that the world presents. I believe choosing to see how God works in the world strengthened their faith and gave them empathy and sympathy for those who wander aimlessly through life, wondering about its meaning, unable to see God's hand in all things.
A firmly held and thoroughly understood Christian worldview enables our teens to go out into the world to fulfill The Great Commission! (And yes, it helps us parents do the same, too!)
Boy, was that lesson hammered home for me the day my daughter told me her story.
How you can help your teen develop a biblical worldview
You don't have to be a trained theologian to help your teen develop a biblical worldview. Here are some things you can do to get started right away:
Discuss the dictionary definition: "a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world, especially from a specific standpoint" Source,
Ask: what does that mean? What are some other worldviews?
Understand that a worldview is not necessarily a one-word description. Talk about how worldviews are expressed verbally and non-verbally.
Look for examples in the news/social media. Discuss what worldviews may be presented, and give examples to back-up your thoughts.
When you're studying geography or World History, think about what other possible worldviews people may have, how their history or religion or politics may influence their worldview and vice versa.
Be quick to listen and slow to speak. Understand that a biblical worldview is not developed overnight, and we all stumble and stutter on the journey. Be as open to learning and honing your own view as you are to helping your kiddos discover their own.
In other words,
And remember, it's never too early to get started talking about this, either!
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