An Easy Way to Discuss Worldviews at the Dinner Table

Cup of WaterDoes the challenge of teaching a “Christian Worldview” to your children, leave you feeling a little intimidated? If so, you’re not alone. I think most of us trying to parent from a biblical perspective feel the pressure of an increasingly vocal culture. I recently had occasion to talk to some students about the subject and part of it included a simple object lesson you may want to try at home.

Step 1: Take a clear glass and pour a random amount of water in it.
Step 2: Ask everyone to guess how many ounces of water are in the glass.
Step 3: After answers are given, talk about the value of opinions (and how even though some of the group may be older and more experienced in life, it’s still a guess)
Step 4: Ask, “How can we truly determine the amount of water in the glass?” (Answer: Have a measuring cup ready to pour the water into)
Step 5: After measuring and determining the actual amount, the guesses will prove to be close, right, or way off.

Application: As a Christian, we must measure various opinions daily against a standard; not our own, but the Bible. Consider this quote from Dr. D. James Kennedy,

“When a person makes up his own ethical code,

he always makes up an ethical system which he thinks he has kept.”

We must remember that “right” and “wrong” is defined by God. Simply put, what matches His character (as revealed in the Bible) is “right” and what doesn’t is “wrong”. That may sound trite, but we can unintentionally pick only those things in the Bible “we’ve kept” to add into our ethical code while skipping over what we haven’t. And just to be clear, it’s not an exercise in legalism, but one to illustrate God as the sole Person to define morality and acceptable behavior. Even in this enlightened age, He’s not lowered His standard, but graciously offers us a way to reach it…in Christ.

“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him…” – Colossians 2:9-10a

Def Leppard Almost Got it Right

Back-in-the-day I was a “Hair Band” kind of guy. Of course, in the 80s a lot of us were cranking up the metal, but one song (even then) perplexed me; Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages”. No, it wasn’t the strange four-word count down at the beginning; the problem was that while liking the sound, I knew in my heart the title words had deeper meaning. Years later, I heard the back-story of how the band found a hymn book in the studio (opened to “Rock of Ages”) and it prompted the lyrics for their song…makes sense, uh, I guess.

As the years have passed, the rock tune has faded for me, but the hymn has remained (funny how childhood memories show back up). At the time we were singing it in church, I never realized it would stay with me. Lately I’ve been reminded of the powerful words and it’s a shame that the rock tune will be belted out in arenas all over the world this year, but the crowds won’t hear about the real Rock…Christ (1 Cor. 10:4).

Perhaps you would like to refresh your memory with the words from the original “Rock of Ages”. If so, here they are (and they’re great even without pyrotechnics or light show):

(1) “Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood, from Thy [wounded] side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure, cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r.

(2) Not the labors of my hands can fulfill Thy law’s demands;

Could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow,

All for sin could not atone; Thou must save and Thou alone.

(3) Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling;

Naked come to Thee for dress, helpless look to Thee for grace;

Foul I to the fountain fly, wash me Savior or I die!

(4) While I draw this fleeting breathe, when my eyes shall close in death,

When I soar to worlds unknown, See Thee on Thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide Myself in Thee.”

 – Augustus Toplady 1740-1778

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