The Mission of WorldViewEyes

The Mission of WorldViewEyes is to challenge both students and adults to EXPAND their Christian mind, ENGAGE their multimedia culture, EVALUATE beliefs, and EMBRACE a consistently-lived Christian worldview. WVE has pursued these objectives in four basic ways:

(1) To expose the program's emphases by offering multimedia presentations for conventions, youth conferences, and churches;
(2) To empower youth to experience in-depth learning by hosting a variety of youth seminars and other events;
(3) To extend the program's resources by developing a website and Internet classes; and
(4) To expand the program's long-term infuence by publishing a "worldview curriculum" for a variety of targeted audiences.

We are driven by the "greatest commandment"--to "love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength" (Mark 12:30). We are called not just to "have" a Christian worldview but to "live" a Christian worldview. This means nothing less than loving God with ALL we are and in EVERYTHING we do.

(1) Having "worldview eyes" means to EXPAND your Christian mind. Unfortunately, many Christians have given little attention to developing their minds for Christ. Yet it is biblically clear that the mind should be critically important for genuine discipleship. It is NOT an option!

We are to "be transformed by the renewing of our minds" (Romans 12:2). We are called to "be prepared to give an answer" to those who ask us to give the "reason for the hope" we have (2 Peter 3:15). We should be prepared enough to "demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God" and "take captive every thought" for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). And we are warned not to be taken "captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy" that depends on human principles rather than on Christ (Colossians 2:8). WVE wants to challenge you to expand your mind as a vital part of your spiritual growth and Christian witness.

But having a Christian worldview means much more than just developing your mind. It's not just a matter of the intellect. Having a Christian worldview is more than just THINKING the right things. Remember: God calls us to love Him with all our "heart, soul, mind, and strength." The mind is just one component, although it often receives the least attention.

(2) Having "worldview eyes" means to ENGAGE the ideas that drive your media, your issues, your culture. Many Christians either tend to condemn culture and isolate themselves from it or become swallowed up by it. Neither approach is approved by scripture.

Without question, most of us live in a multimedia world. As a result, we are constantly bombarded by ideas and actions presented in TV, movies, music, publications, etc. that both speak and oftentimes challenge God's truth. The apostle John prompts us to "recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood" (1 John 4:6), and he commands us to "test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1). This means, in part, that we must be much more aware of the "worldviews" that are expressed in our culture.

WVE attempts to expose these non-Christian worldviews in our pop culture--to help you see WHERE they are and WHAT they are. But merely being more aware of them is not enough unless you're motivated and instructed on HOW to "engage" them and how to "use" them in your Christian witness.

Our strategy is NOT simply to get Christians to "see how bad things are" and urge them to "stay away" from these non-Christian influences" (though that is sometimes appropriate and even necessary). We want to lead you to interpret WHATEVER you see and hear with a Christian mind--to "take it captive"--and to USE it to help you make a "Christian connection" with your friends.

Having "worldview eyes" also means to think more consciously about your culture by guiding you to ask some key "worldview questions." For example, what does a movie or TV show, or this particular character, say about God? about Jesus? about the nature of the universe? about the nature of humans? about what is right or wrong? about truth and revelation from God? about what comes after death? etc. These questions will give you a strategy for "filtering" your multimedia culture into "worldview terms."

(3) Having "worldview eyes" means to EVALUATE non-Christian philosophies. Our world has literally thousands of different philosophies and religions. WVE helps you make sense of it all by summarizing these belief systems into a smaller number of basic "worldviews."

Worldviews can be classified in many useful and appropriate ways. For most purposes, we refer to the following list, revised from James Sire's The Universe Next Door: Christian Theism, Deism, Secular Humanism (optimistic Naturalism), Nihilism (pessimistic Naturalism), Postmodernism, Existentialism, and New Age Pantheism.

The purpose of WVE is NOT primarily to debate the theological issues among various Christian denominations, although some of those are important. Rather, it is concerned with beliefs and practices at the most basic level. This means that we can talk about "Christian Theism" as a single worldview, even though there are many important differences within Christianity. We want to help you see the BIG differences between non-Christian beliefs and those beliefs that are supported by the Christian scriptures. Although there is much more to do than this, it is extremely important for Christian youth and adults to "think big" and to see the big battles between their faith and its alternatives. We will help you understand these differences.

(4) Having "worldview eyes" means to EMBRACE a consistently-lived Christian worldview. The Bible is clear that merely "knowing" the right thing is not enough; you have to WANT, and you have to DO, the right thing. This means that your mind, your deepest feelings, your will, and your body must ALL work together in a consistent way to serve God. That's what living a life of "integrity" is all about. If any of these components contradicts others, all we have is "hypocrisy."

WVE programs are designed to lead you to ACT in ways that are consistent with your Christian beliefs--to help you see that if you accept Christian belief as true, MUST express itself in consistently applied attitudes and actions.

We also want to help you understand why Christian belief is not just a one compartment called "theology"; it has implications and consequences in ALL AREAS of life. A Christian worldview should have an effect on our perspectives and practices in the areas of economics, social values, politics, ethics, etc. It should directly influence how we think about history, science, and philosophy.

These four objectives direct the WorldViewEyes program to help you love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Please join us in this "most excellent adventure."

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the concept of "worldview"
(excerpt from a presentation in 2008)