I have been invited to attend the Worldview Weekend in Branson, MO. My church is even willing to pay for my trip there and the cost of registration. But something gives me the feeling that I would not really be welcome there.
Honestly, when it was presented to me and I was told it was in Branson, I didn't give it a second thought and didn't even look at the materials because I knew it was unlikely that I would be able to go. It's probably on a weekend, given the name Worldview Weekend, and weekends are my work-week and I can rarely get off work . So I just didn't even look at it.
Then Brian raised some concerns about it to me so I looked Worldview Weekend up online to see what it's all about. I was intrigued to find that they have a little test there to see if I you a Biblical Worldview thinker. I took the test.
Now, I consider myself to be a follower of Christ. I answered each question that pertained to salvation in the most conservative way possible - that Jesus is the only way. I believe the Bible is the word of God and that God is the source of all truth and I try to live out the message of the gospel to the best of my ability - not because I "have" to in order to score points with God, but because I want to because of the love and grace shown to me by Jesus Christ.
Yet according to their test, I am ranked WAY down on the list somewhere close to being a communist!
I suspect it was because many of their questions I could not give an opinion on. The ones about our founding fathers I answered "no opinion" because I didn't know those guys personally and can not say with assurance what their motives were. I know what I've been taught about them but I don't trust that I was taught the truth. When you begin to look at their lives, well, some of them seem a little shady to say the least. And because I do not believe they showed the love of Christ or acted in Godly ways when they funded our country (they slaughtered the "savages" with a get saved or die attitude), those questions apparently counted against me.
I also answered "tend to disagree" on some of the political questions. I do not believe that having a totally christian state is in the best interest of the "Church". The Church has always grown under times of persecution - not times when they were in compliance with a government. You cannot legilate morality. Morality is a heart issue and you simply cannot rule anyone into being anything. Having a christian state may be in the best interest of our country - I don't know, but as a follower of Christ I am more concerned about the state of the Church than the state of our country. I do not believe the USA is more godly or more favored by God than other countries. That belief is very patriotic but not very grounded biblically.
And becuase I didn't answer that all who are able to work and don't should go hungry as a "Strongly Agree", apparently that counted against me as well. I happen to belieive that there are various circumstances that determine the answer to that question and that it is not always a black and white issue. The question, as most of their questions, left little room to consider circumstances. Everything was a black and white issue to them. To not answer was to be rated lower on my "biblical worldview score".
So basically, I am a lesser Christian if a Christian at all according to those folks. That doesnt' bug me. I couldn't care less. I am not anxious to join their ranks. In fact, I would be ashamed to be a part of their ranks. I never want to be that narrow minded and legalistic again. I've been there and do not care to return.
What bugs me is their legalistic nature - the old "if you don't see things my way you are wrong" attitude. They leave no room for a personal relationship with the living Christ. They only adhere to a set of rules that are used to measure one's spirituality.
*NOTE* I do not believe my church made the decison to pay teacher's expenses to this confrence with any real knowledge of what the Worldview Weekend was or is or what they stand for. I think they just were anxious to help our teachers and as a teacher I appreciate that.. In fact, I don't believe that anyone in my church who supports this confrence has the same legalistic worldview as the guys runing this confrence do. The people who are supporting this are my friends and I know for a fact that they are not as narrow minded and mean spirited as this. It goes against the grace and freedom that our church has always stood for.
*NOTE* Neither do I believe the people putting on this confrence are trying to be decietful or mean-spirited. I believe they are very sincere and are trying to do what they believe is correct. But the religious leaders of Jesus' day also sincerely felt they were doing the right thing as well.