Last night, just before we went to bed, I asked my wife this question: “What is the most important thing that shaped the worldview you have today”? I know it’s not the most romantic question to ask your wife just before bedtime but that’s what I did; at least I’m being honest with you!
Without hesitation she answered: “Being taken to church as a child”! My soul shouted for joy as I said to her “Me too”! Think of it, here are two seventy-plus year olds admitting to each other that the most important thing in their lives happened when they attended church with their parents when they were kids!
So what is a “Worldview” anyway? Our worldview is the foundational lens through which we view every event in our life. By the way, every institution (school, political party, church, etc.) and media outlet (TV/radio station, newspaper, magazine, movie producer, etc.) has a worldview from which they make decisions and produce content. And, whether they realize it or not, every individual, has a worldview through which we receive and interpret that content.
Why is our worldview so important? Because it frames for us the most basic questions of life:
- What is truth?
- What is the source of truth?
- What is right and what is wrong?
- When does life begin and Who gets to decide?
- What is a marriage?
- How many genders are there?
These questions weren’t even on the radar screen when we seniors were kids; shucks, radar was even new when we were kids!.
The reason that these issues were not on the radar when we were kids but they are now is that the worldview of our institutions and the people who control them has largely changed and that has molded the worldview of our citizens to what it is today. In fact, these many of these institutions are trying to redefine the answers to every one of the basic questions of life I listed above that we all learned as kids.
How did our generation form its worldview? By largely being raised in two-parent homes in the 40’s and 50’s and going schools (both public and private) where our teachers read to us from the Bible and saluted the flag with us every morning. And on top of that, many of us had parents who took us to church or synagogue every Saturday or Sunday.
All of this started to change at an accelerating pace back in the 60’s when drugs, sex and music all took a very sharp turn in our culture to reshape our worldview. And while we see and feel it some, I don’t believe that we here in “The Bible Belt” of the USA realize the full extent of what has happened to our culture.
So what can we do about it?
- Be careful not to let the culture rob the truth from us
- Vote for candidates who stand for what we know to be true
- Faithfully attend a Bible believing and teaching church……
- And take your grandkids with you if they’re not going already
- Teach your grandkids what you know to be true
These are The Most Important Things we can do. They are more important than ever in this post modern era and culture we live in here in the USA; it’s not the same country we grew up in……let’ s take it back!
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org