QUESTION #4: How can we effectively teach a biblical worldview to parents and children alike, and why are Pastors the key to this effort?


Dr. Overman:

“Well, sometimes it feels like you’re throwing a pebble in the ocean. I have to remind myself that this is not by human effort, it’s not by human strength these such changes can happen, but it’s by the spirit of God. With Him all things are possible. I think our responsibility is to be faithful to what God has called us to do. In our particular case with Worldview Matters, our particular focus is on helping parents and teachers to know how to help their own children or students to think from a Christian perspective. We believe that it will require and does require intentionality. Intentionality is so, so important. It’s often overlooked.

I did a survey once of 20 pastors in the Seattle area from large churches, small churches, many different denominations. I asked them if they really felt that the church should be a place where people are trained and equipped to apply their faith to their everyday lives. 20 out of 20 pastors agreed that that is what the church is for. We should be influencing the congregation to actively apply their faith to their lives and to their work. When I got down to the question, “Are you providing specific training in practical applications of Christian faith to the workplace,” only one out of 20 said that they had ever done that…

In a church setting, why can’t we pull together, for example, the health workers, doctors, and say, “Okay. Let’s have this little conversation here about how do we live out our faith in the context of health work? “Let’s get the people who are working in the area of law or government, say, “Okay. Let’s talk about this and let’s actually get serious about it. How do we apply our faith to the area of law and politics?” And the taxicab drivers and the bus drivers and the car mechanics. If we don’t get intentional about this, it will forever be in that ethereal world of good intentions. It won’t get us to where we want to be. To answer your question, I would say number one, intentionality, focused intentionality with very real tools that can help people of all ages, but particularly young people, to see their daily life in the context of that bigger picture of a biblical worldview.”

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