When living in New Jersey, I visited NYC very often. And, I regularly rode the subway. When you get on the subway they announce caution about the gap in between the train and the platform. Famously the London Underground says, “Mind the Gap”. This blog is about how we can be mindful of the gap between our belief and actions. Specifically, know your values. Your actions are reflective of your thoughts, beliefs, and values.
For the past six weeks, and this seventh week, the blog has been about the several lenses of a worldview. This is the final installment in the series of worldview lenses. Hopefully, it has given you a deeper understanding of what Salem Christian School sees as the mission of developing students to love God with all their minds, bodies, and souls. Of course, there is no specific order of lenses. Rather, these lenses are inter-dependent. In order for a worldview to be valid and reliable it must be coherent and consistent. And, as a Christian, we would contend that unless it is built on Truth, as revealed by God, then it cannot be consistent or coherent.
The academic term, Axiology, is the label for this lens. Axiology is the lens that describes someones values, morals, and what is right and wrong. Someone’s axiological view is the foundation for all of conscious judgments and decisions. This becomes the basis for all thought and action.
The Christian view is that all thought is tainted by sin. Thus, we renew our mind by conforming it to the likeness of Christ. This view of human sinful nature and theological answer to that problem is expressed in how we view right and wrong; what we value, and how we behave in the world. Granted, some acts are reflexive or instinctive but these automatic reactions are patterns that we have, which can be changed if we change our inner most thinking and behaviors consciously over time. There is no excuse for doing the wrong thing. There is only forgiveness and mercy with the hope of doing the hard work of restoring ourselves and creating a new pattern in life.
Hunter Mead (1964) and Dr. Funk (2001) both contend that our belief of what is right and wrong is based on our value structure. We can only have one priority at a time. Ask yourself, “What do you value most?” And, that is how you will act. Jesus said that the greatest commandment that summarizes the rest is that we are to love our God with all our mind, body, and soul (Mark 12:30-31). If that is truly the highest value a person holds, then the outcome is guaranteed to be Truth and right.
The crutch of all of this is to know God so intermittently that all of our natural patterns are converted to godly patterns. Throw off the old way of thinking and put on the new.
A Christian school is uniquely positioned to assist parents in this ideal. The Christian school, such as Salem Christian School, can impact the Lehigh Valley, Eastern Pennsylvania, and the world beyond by developing one mind at a time to reflect the Truth found in the Gospel.
Funk. (2001). What’s a Worldview. Oregon State. Retrieved March 2010, from: http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~funkk/Personal/worldview.html
Mead, H. (1964). Types and Problems of Philosophy. Holt; 3rd Edition edition. New York, NY.