After spending a week establishing what a Christian worldview looks like, we need to spend a little bit of time talking about why worldviews are important. If a worldview is not really important, then it doesn’t matter whether or not the Christian worldview is presented in the marketplace of ideas.
If ideas do not have consequences, then we ultimately have no reason to care about anything that people believe because one idea would produce the same results as any other.
But is that really true?
On a very basic individual level, let’s assume that Bill and Bob have differing worldviews that they always live by. Bill feels that it is okay to lie when it benefits him. Bob is morally opposed to lying in all situations.
If each of these men live according to their worldviews, will there be differences between Bill and Bob? Which one would you be able to trust?
Bob is clearly the man worthy of trust because his worldview leads him to deal honestly with other people. Bill might be honest at certain times, but there could be times when lying is certainly justifiable from his worldview. However, because we are not in Bill’s head and don’t know what he always believes will benefit him, it would be hard to tell exactly when he is lying or telling the truth.
Without even answering the question of whether or not there ever morally justifiable times to lie, it is obvious that there would be differences in behavior. There are going to inevitably be times when Bill and Bob would do different things, and those actions could affect people differently.
Of course, no one lives with a perfectly consistent worldview. Just because I do happen to believe that lying is wrong does not mean I have never told a lie (regrettably).
However, it should be obviously true at the very least that people who believe that lying is wrong are more likely to try to lie less than people who have no inhibitions about lying. Think about pinching a garden hose. Some water might still seep through, but it will certainly be much less than if the hose is left to flow freely.
Worldviews don’t only affect small things in individual lives though; they have societal consequences. Over the next two posts, we will look at worldviews changing societies for better and for worse.