I had the opportunity to speak with a group of homeschool parents recently. As I was talking with them, I was reminded of the importance of teaching truth. It hit me that if we don’t teach the whole truth, then we aren’t teaching truth.
“our beliefs matter, and that’s why worldview matters.” Dr. Mulvihill
In our local, state and federal courtrooms, witnesses swear that they will “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So help me God.” The whole truth is important, and it’s why we teach from a Biblical Worldview. If we teach a science lesson and say nothing of our Creator, we aren’t telling the whole truth.
Do you know your child’s worldview? Is it important to know what his/her worldview is? Do they even have one?
Biblical worldview is a set of beliefs, assumptions, and values based on the Bible that determines how a person lives.
Yes, your child has a worldview, even at the age of 8. Barna Research suggests that the vast majority of people have already developed the basis of their worldview by the age of 12. Dr. Mulvihill at Renewanation has written a great article that defines Biblical Worldview and provides some good questions for you ask regarding your child. Here are the questions, and a link to the article.
- What does your child believe to be true? Do you know what your child believes about the Bible, Jesus, marriage, gender, hell, and salvation? It should be the goal of every parent, grandparent, pastor, and teacher to shape the beliefs of children from the Bible.
- What authority shapes those beliefs? Every child will look to an authority to determine truth. The authority the child chooses will determine what the child believes and how the child lives. While there are many sources of authority that individuals look to, some of the most common include science, experience, psychology, government, cultural norms, or the Bible.
- How does your child live? Just because a child knows the right answer doesn’t mean the child has embraced Christ or believes the Bible. A child’s behavior reveals his or her true beliefs. Pay careful attention to a child’s passions and priorities as well as the fruit of the child’s actions.
I encourage you to visit the Renewanation blog often. They have great insight and ways to help.
Paul Brenner, administrator