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Summary: A Christian worldview is part of living in step with the Spirit

The Big Picture:

Walking By The Spirit

Bible Reading:

Galatians 5: 16-25

Deuteronomy 30: 15-20

PREPARED BY

KEN GEHRELS

PASTOR

CALVIN CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH

NEPEAN, ONTARIO

Anthony was caught in a gulf between two worlds.

He had come to Canada to study commerce, intending to return home to Singapore and go into business. On his return he was to marry a girl he had had a relationship with for some years. Although they were not officially engaged, it was assumed within their cultural setting that they would marry.

But something happened. In his second year in Canada Anthony became a Christian through a group on campus. He began to grow as a person in ways he had never anticipated. As often happens during such periods of growth, old plans began to change. Anthony concluded that he was not in love with his friend back home, and he began to cool the relationship in his letters. Finally it became necessary to go home and make a clean break.

His friends in Canada were impressed with the moral integrity of both what he had done and how he had done it. Now that he had returned, however, Anthony was a broken and depressed young man. Because he had ended this relationship, his family had rejected him. "You are worse than an animal," his father had said. "Even animals show gratitude."

In his parents’ eyes and in the eyes of his former girlfriend’s parents, Anthony had committed an unpardonable sin. He had dashed the hopes and expectations of his family by being disloyal to a whom to whom he had been betrothed. In Anthony’s home culture, loyalty is one of the highest of all moral duties.

[told in The Transforming Vision Walsh & Middleton p.15]

In its deepest places cultures of Canada and Singapore clashed - seeing the same deed from two very different perspectives. The result being that in one culture Anthony was honored. In the other he was despised.

That there was such a radical difference was not because of misunderstanding on the part of one society or the other. Both understood most clearly what Anthony had done.

The difference came because of vastly different values and priorities. The Canadians were impressed by his honesty and integrity in dealing with changing circumstances, and by his open sensitivity in dealing with the former girl friend. The relatives in Singapore saw those things, too, but gave them very low value when compared to loyalty and gratitude.

Then tension ran deep.

Anthony could not escape it. The battle raged deep inside him.

Ways of looking at the world - at what matters most, what is of value and what is not, where our priorities ought to lie and what is disposable.

Pull all of this together, wrap it in a package, and we call it -

- Worldview

We all have one.

Every culture and community has a way of looking at the world.

The teachings, the practices and activities of the people gather over time to shape an underlying way of understanding the world and living within it. They become, as it were, filters that direct and affect what our eyes see, how our hearts respond, and what our minds process.


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