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:
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.
are driven by the "greatest
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
to "use" them
in your Christian witness.
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
it captive"--and to USE it to help you make a "Christian
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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."
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,...it MUST express
itself in consistently applied attitudes and actions.
also want to help you
belief is not just
a one compartment
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.
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."