The hope of redemption and restoration belongs only to the Christ-centered worldview. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he [God] who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Biblical hope, when translated from the Greek word elpis means certain, an assurance for the future. Paul gives a summation of the completion of God’s promises:
“When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope [elpis] of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7).
No other worldview offers such a welcoming expectation for the future, nor do they promise eternal life.
So, what, exactly, is a Christ-centered worldview?
In his book, Worldview, David Naugle, known as an expert on the Christian worldview wrote, ‘“Worldview’ in a Christian perspective implies the objective existence of the trinitarian God whose essential character establishes the moral order of the universe and whose word, wisdom, and law define and govern all aspects of created existence.” In other words, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who created all there is in the universe, demonstrate, and authenticate how we live in and relate to the world. This worldview, based on the flawless Word of God, requires potent and productive thinking in regards to the Christian faith. When we commit ourselves to a Christ-centered worldview, our lives spring anew while we study and contemplate the Bible, and rejoice at the revelation of God’s plan.
In addition, when we believe that the Bible is truth without exception, we give our Christ-centered worldview permission to dictate everything we say and do. For example, we acknowledge Paul’s admonitions found in Romans 13:
“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. Pay your taxes, pay your bills, respect your leaders. Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. Love other people as well as you do yourself. You can’t go wrong when you love others. When you add up everything in the law code, the sum total is love. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute. Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!” (Romans 13: 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, MSG).
A Christ-centered worldview is a conscious and subconscious proposition from which we can learn to live beautifully in a broken world.
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