This post is less for people reading and more for the one writing (me).
Kyle Strobel briefly attended TEDS (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) while I was there. Yep, his dad is Lee Strobel. His book, Metamorpha is challenging me – not just in the sense that I think the worldview of the church needs to be challenged (I do, continually…), but how my own worldview is often calcified and solidified and I have my own presuppositions about everything. Yes, I’ll say it – even this weakness thing. So here are some of his words from Metamorpha by which God engaged me in a devotional way (O, and for me, it helps that Kyle and I are the same age, writing from a similar demographic in the same generation).
It may sound strange, but I believe much of Jesus’ ministry was about worldview development. The disciples had a very solidified understanding of what the kingdom would be like (political, military, religious)… [Jesus helped them deconstruct their worldview.]
We should have some beliefs that we hold strong against critique. But we must not allow our way of looking at reality to permanently set, and this is just what many of us have been taught to do… Our worldview can become so inflexible that we see our personal views about the Bible as authoritarian and certain, and we regard any new or different information as dangerous and wrong. Sadly, what we call “faith” is more like self-trust because it is rooted in our ability to wrap our minds around the things of Christianity and is not oriented toward God himself.
The longer we live as Christains, the easier it becomes to have rigor mortis of the eyes – to solidify our presuppositions about the Christian life so that we only see the text through our worldview. In this way, to a very real degree, we fail to see the text at all.
We need an entirely new way to engage reality – one that refrains from arrogance and seeks God’s redemption. The Christian life is a journey of redemption, a developmental process of growth. Our visions of life [worldview] should constantly be changing and re-forming [via the Word, Spirit and community]; the enemy of a healthy faith is a worldview that is static and “complete.”
May Kyle’s words not just be used by the younger evangelical generation to critique our spiritual parents’ worldview… but as a critique and challenge for ourselves as God would transform us anew (metamorphosis) through his gospel. May the weaknesses of our inexperienced-yet-often-dogmatic-worldview be exposed and redeemed.
If interested, Kyle is a cofounder of an online Christian community for transformation: www.Metamorpha.com.