You are a worldview instructor!

Posted on July 9, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

Whether you realize it or not you are a worldview instructor to your children. The way you react and interact with your children communicates an understanding of how the world functions. This is a given. The question is: are you communicating a world-view that is accurate?

The concept of worldview can get complicated. But at its root worldview is a basic, simple concept: how does the world you live in function. For example, are the events in life random or is there order to these events. Is there one person to whom all are accountable?

The Bible makes it clear that God is the one that all people must answer to. This is the core component of any biblical worldview. Here are two passages which teach this truth.

Daniel 4:34-35 teaches this when speaking of God’s power:

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

All the peoples of the earth
are regarded as nothing.
He does as he pleases
with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back his hand
or say to him: “What have you done?”

God has no limitations and no one can stand against him.

Acts 17:24-28 makes things more personal. Even the very places and times of your life are planned out by God. He provides each man his next breath.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’…

These two passages make things clear, this is God’s world and we are all accountable to him.

This is why Tedd Tripp says “the most important lesson for the child to learn in this period of life is that he is an individual under authority. He has been made by God and has a responsibility to obey God in all things.”

Your daily instruction of your children must be based on these great truths. They are accountable to God in all that they do! Failing to understand this means one is living with deeply flawed understanding of how the world works – this will lead to disaster.

Here are three books from Shepherd Press that will help to give you practical instruction that is consistent with a biblical worldview:

Instructing a Child’s Heart,
Everyday Talk
Everyday Talk about Sex and Marriage.

You can get these books at the Shepherd Press web site.

Give your children the blessing of a biblical worldview!

Instructing a Child's HeartEveryday TalkEveryday Talk About Sex and Marriage

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.