What if you sent your child to a school that you thought shared your values, only to find out later that it undermined your teaching?
What if you began attending a church and formed strong friendships, only to later find out that the church held some unbiblical beliefs?
Have you ever wished you could zero in on the position of a Christian church, school, or organization? Frequently it’s difficult to cut through the warm-fuzzies talk, the inspirational fluff, and the Christianized cliches in order to find out the real truth.
It may not be easy to determine what the leaders of an organization truly believe. Often administrators, pastors, or faculty will tell you what they think you want to hear.
I use a Three Question approach to drill down to the essentials of an organization’s worldview with “where the rubber meets the road” style questions.
For each question, I put one answer on the left side of the paper and the opposing answer on the right with a horizontal line connecting them. I ask the interviewee to mark where they stand on the continuum between the two given answers.
Reluctance to indicate a position on the spectrum is in itself quite revealing, and I accept it without pushing too hard for a response. Often the discussion of the spectrum of answers provides abundant information on the interviewee’s position.
Practical Worldview Questions
These five trenchant questions will help you quickly discern the worldview of any person or organization. I usually limit myself to three of the five questions below.
1. How old is the earth?
Left side answer: 4.5 billion years old
Right side answer: 6,000 years old
2. How did life and the earth originate?
Left side answer: God used evolution to create over long ages of time.
Right side answer: God created everything in six literal days.
3. How do you view homosexuality?
Left side answer: Homosexuality is a valid alternative lifestyle and homosexual “marriage” is legitimate.
Right side answer: The practice of homosexuality is sin and forbidden by God in the Bible. Marriage is only between a man and a woman.
4. Are there gender roles in the home and church?
Left side answer: Gender roles do not exist; all jobs and leadership roles may be filled by either gender.
Right side answer: God created men and women to fill distinct roles. Men lead homes and churches; women help them.
5. Are divorce and remarriage permissible?
Left side answer: Everybody makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. Divorce and remarriage are allowed.
Right side answer: God’s plan for marriage is one man for one woman for life. Scripture does not permit remarriage after divorce.
Questions to Ponder
- Which is your favorite question? Why?
- What other questions help reveal the worldview of a person or organization?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Wednesday April 22, 2015 A.D.
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)