According to the Cultural Research Center (CRC) at Arizona Christian University, over 69% of Americans identify as Christians. However, only 4% of Americans have a biblical worldview. A biblical worldview is a means of experiencing, interpreting, and responding to reality in light of biblical perspectives so that each choice may be consistent with God’s principles and commands.
In other words, do you sift decision-making in all areas of your life through the Word of God? Unfortunately, the answer is no, for most Americans.
I am also disappointed — as we have all seen social media, arts and entertainment, public schools, and the government’s negative impact on our lives. Unfortunately, the culture is shaping people more than the Church. Where there is no biblical worldview, there is no repentance, contrition, brokenness, or redemption.
We have recently seen glimmers of hope — with students joining together in praise and worship to the Lord on college campuses nationwide. And the movie Jesus Revolution shines a light on a spiritual awakening in the 1970s that could inspire this generation and beyond. Perhaps these moments will help us examine our hearts — and move us to action. First, however, it will take work — in the Church, at home, and in our communities. So, here’s where we should start:
- Christ’s followers should study God’s word daily, asking the Lord for His wisdom.
- The Church must disciple, providing wisdom from the Word of God about today’s critical issues — such as the sanctity of life, marriage, and family, justice, and treating others with love and respect.
- The Church has to continue the heavy lifting of going out into the world to preach the Gospel.
- A family that studies the Bible together can better weather the storms of life.
- Our identity must be in Christ, not race, gender, or culture. We must cling to God’s righteousness.
We can’t take these actions seriously without first examining our hearts. And that begins with each of us being willing to repent before the Lord and acknowledge our shortcomings.
The United States of America is primed for revival, yet we must first repent. God wants to do this work, but we must place ourselves at the foot of the cross.
As it says in Isaiah 57:15, our hearts much be contrite and filled with humility. We need to cry out to Lord and surrender to Him. To do this work, church leaders must disciple and train their congregants to have a biblical worldview and live a fully surrendered life to God with the Bible as their foundation. However, pastors and leaders must first possess a biblical worldview — and a posture of reverence for God’s word, no matter what man says. The direction given must be biblical. God will do mighty work in us if we cry out to Him hungry and willing to be broken.
The results of this study should jar us but not surprise us — as we can look around and see the rotten fruit from our collective disobedience. I hope this insight will move us all to swift action — to examine our hearts, our families, and our churches — and devise a plan of action to help us adopt a biblical worldview — and prepare us for revival, individually and corporately.
Bishop Garland Hunt, Pastor of The Father’s House, Atlanta, Georgia, Senior Fellow, Douglass Leadership Institute. He is the author of the book, Crisis in America: A Christian Response.