“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of the world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8
Children, like clay, are easily molded, shaped and impressed when they very young. If you’ve worked with clay, you know the longer clay is exposed to the air, the more difficult it is to mold. Once it has been hardened by time and heat, it does not easily allow for shaping or making impressions.
This explains why most decisions for Christ occur before age twenty-one. It ought to be a sobering reminder to us as grandparents (and parents) to take seriously our responsibility to teach and tell the Gospel story early on so the impressions of truth are firmly imprinted on their souls.
If we are not diligent in impressing their hearts, minds, and souls, the world certainly will be. If the biblical worldview built upon absolute truth as reality is not impressed upon our grandchildren by our lives and words, that generation is likely to fall captive to hollow, deceptive philosophies leading to but one destination – eternal destruction.
Worldview is about how we see reality. It is what we believe about God, ourselves and the world around us. It determines the choices we make in life. The biblical story of reality is the only story that adequately addresses all the questions of life and the problems of our world.
Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, I thought it might be good to review Seven Absolute Truths that are foundational to a biblical worldview which stands in contrast to other prevailing worldviews. Without the biblical Story of reality, Christmas is irrelevant and meaningless. It is this Story that truly set us free to live the life we were meant to live and celebrate the One who came as God in the flesh to make all things new.
Grandparents, if we do not grasp and live out the Story, how are we to teach and model these truths for our grandchildren? You have the power to show them the truth through the lens of God’s Word and your life hidden in Christ so they may also walk in it.
As you review these truths for yourself, examine your own heart to be sure you have not wandered from the essential foundations and realities concerning God, His creation, the condition of man, His redemption and His purposes for our lives. To wander from any of these absolutes is to make the Story irrelevant in the eyes of another generation.
Remember, too, that while our worldview matters, the reality is that regardless of what we say our worldview is, it is how we live it that will be heard and will impact the worldview of the next generation. Tomorrow, we will visit Absolute Truth #1…
God Is and Created ALL That Exists… and It Was Good