DayBreaks for 07/16/13 – Absurd Questions and Worldviews in Conflict
I am sure that you, like I, have scratched your head and asked the question over some news story reporting the actions of others: “What in the world were they thinking?” Sometimes we wonder if they were thinking at all. We just don’t understand how any rational creature could do such-and-such. Why is this?
I think that Darrow L. Miller in Discipling Nations illustrated it well with a story: “Malcolm Muggeridge was one of the leading television journalists of his day. He was also a third-generation Marxist. One day in Calcutta while he was doing a piece on Mother Teresa for the BBC, Muggeridge asked her, “Why, when there are so many children in the world, do you try to keep these kids alive?” Her only answer was a quizzical look. Thinking this a basic question, he tried once more, again to no avail. So he went on with his interview. That night in his hotel room, an insight dawned on him suddenly (he said later that this was his spiritual turning point). He realized that Mother Teresa saw those children in a totally different way than he did. While he saw them as consumers, she saw them as image bearers of God. To ask Mother Teresa, “Aren’t there too many children in the world?” was like saying, “Mother Teresa, aren’t there too many starts in the sky and too many flowers in the field?” For her it was an absurd question.“
The fundamental difference as to how people are so much at odds with one another is that there is a clash of worldviews in our culture. There are those who were brought up with a traditional Judeo-Christian worldview who hold to certain values including the value of human life because it is made in the image of God. Others don’t hold that view largely because they have either abandoned the traditional worldview or never held it in the first place (more common in the most recent generation or two). When people don’t see humans as made in the image of God but simply as smart mammals that evolved out of primordial slime (having no more value, and perhaps less than whales, monkeys, snail-darters, spotted owls and dolphins), it matters little whether one tries to save humans at all. In such a world, Muggeridge’s initial question was perfectly logical. What he came to realize is that Mother Teresa held fast to a different worldview.
How well are you preparing your children and grandchildren to think Biblically? Not just their lives, but those of their children and grandchildren…of generations…is at stake. Our minds are to be engaged…fully…as believers. Our minds won’t save us for that is the realm of faith/grace, but if we don’t return to a Biblical worldview (and there are great books on that topic!), we will reap the whirlwind. The early winds are already upon us.
PRAYER: I fear, Lord, that our minds have grown flabby and that we’ve swallowed un-Biblical worldviews and that we are already reaping the results of our laxity. Clear our vision, renew our hearts and minds for the sake of generations yet unborn! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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