Yesterday I was getting ready for a ride on my motorcycle. I went outside on a bright and beautiful sunny day. Almost immediately I noticed that I couldn’t see very well. It was so bright I had to squint making the things around me, including road conditions, out of focus – fuzzy looking. It would have been uncomfortable, not to mention dangerous, to ride with my sight compromised in that way. I put on my sunglasses and it was instantly like that old song, “I can see clearly now…”
So, I’ve been thinking… Do we see the world through our “Songlasses?” That’s not a typo. Are we seeing things through the filter of Christ’s vision? I’ve often heard that as believers in Christ, we are to have a “Christian World View.” But it’s never been totally clear what that view really looks like day to day.
There are all kinds of scholarly definitions of “Christian World View” out there. When I try to read some of them I know that I fall way short in the “smarts department.” It confirms that my education has far exceeded my mental capacities. So, Let me simplify the definition of “Christian World View” in this way… by looking at the specific words.
Christian – meaning “of or about Christ.” Do I see the world as Christ sees it? We have a hint of His “World View” in Matthew 9:36,
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
World – meaning “the entire creation – both physical and spiritual conditions.” It is often used in the New Testament to describe a place of spiritual lures and dangers, in other words as a system contrary to the spiritual agenda of heaven.
John 8:23 – And He was saying to them, “You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
1 John 2:15-16 – “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”
View – meaning “perspective or way of perceiving.” Do I look at things with a scriptural, spiritual perspective? Am I seeing my health concerns, job challenges, financial difficulties, ministry obstacles, family stresses, and spiritual trials through the lenses of my “Songlasses?” Do I see them as Jesus sees them? When confronted with a stranger, family member, friend, or co-worker do I see them with Christ’s eyes? Do I have a spiritual viewpoint about governments, world economies, the eco-system, and overall struggles of humanity? I Samuel 16:7 says that God doesn’t see the way man sees. Genesis 6:11,12 says that God looks at the world and sees corruption and sin. John 3:16 tells us that, even in that corruption, God loves the world enough to send Jesus and, as we’ve seen, Jesus looks at the world and has a view of love and compassion.
The only way we can have God’s perspective in every moment of our lives is for us to put on those “Son” lenses and see through Christ’s eyes. When we start our day’s journey if we put on our “Songlasses” we will be able to see the day’s events much more clearly. We’ll see people and situations with a perspective we couldn’t have if we just went through the motions of the day with our eyes partially closed in a squint.
The view through my “Songlasses” is summed up in 1 Chronicles 29:11-13,
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.”
Now those are cool “Songlasses” …
Think about it…