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August 21, 2017

Biblical Worldview: How Do You Interact with Millennials Who Lack One?

Every person you meet has a worldview — a lens through which they observe and perceive everyday phenomena and big issues alike. The typical individual, however, lacks a biblical worldview, or one grounded in the principles of Christianity. This is not a new development. Historically, while most Americans have attended church, the majority have refrained from developing a truly biblical worldview. Today, however, this trend is particularly concerning. Research from the Barna Research Group indicates that a mere four percent of Americans have a truly biblical worldview. Interacting with the other 96 percent can be a struggle at times; these tips will help you share your beliefs:

Listen

Those who lack a Christian perspective often complain that they feel unheard and disrespected by the faith community. You don't have to agree with everybody you talk to, but you should at least give them a chance to express their thoughts. Frequent interruptions on your part will cause others to shut down and refuse to listen to anything you have to say.

Forget Stereotypes

Christians regularly complain that non-Christians cast them off with inaccurate stereotypes before even getting to know them. Unfortunately, many Christians are guilty of the same. To communicate effectively, both sides need to disregard preconceived notions about the type of person who is or is not a “real Christian.”

Do Your Research

You won't convince anybody of anything if you don't understand the basic facts behind your argument. Take a close look not only at your favorite Bible stories and verses, but also modern facts that back them up. For example, if you're chatting about abortion, you can examine current statistics or scientific evidence regarding development in utero.

Be Prepared to Deal with Christians Who Lack a Christian Worldview

Many of those who lack a biblical worldview are technically Christian; they attend church every week, read the Bible, and identify Christ as their Lord and savior. However, their worldview is not Christian because, at the end of the day, they regard man as in charge of his own destiny. These individuals may be the most challenging to interact with at times; they're well aware of your argument, but choose to interpret Scripture differently than you do. You may have more luck quoting Scripture with this type of person, but be prepared to clearly demonstrate why you interpret key Bible verses the way you do.

Be Humble

Most of us — Christian or otherwise — are deeply convinced that we're right and the other side is wrong. This is a human tendency and can be difficult to get past, especially given your strong faith. Remember though, while your faith provides excellent guidance, you can and will stray along the way. You have much to learn, even from those who lack your faith and biblical knowledge. You can gain great insight from what others have to say while still holding strong in your worldview.

Through patience, respect, and humility, you can have an impact on those not fortunate enough to have gained a biblical worldview. When struggling, turn to the Bible for inspiration. The wise words of 2 Timothy 2:2 may help: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."

If you’d like to learn more about the biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to explore the possibilities with you. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your career goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email web@geneva.edu.