11 Apr A Word From Mr. Satterly—April 11, 2019
Dear WA Community,
This year, our faculty and staff have been studying Romans 12:1–2 together. Texts regarding the importance of worldview often include this passage. As worldview formation is integral to the mission of Christian education, these verses are both significant and instructive to us at WA. After taking a look at these verses again this morning, I unpacked the basics of worldview and its importance with our parents during One Cup.
Studying these verses together affords us the opportunity to experience the rich depth of scripture. On one hand, we see the wonder of the gospel—God’s mercy leads to transformed lives. On the other hand, we note that two patterns of thinking exist—God’s and the world’s. In most translations, verse 1 begins with “Therefore,” which is a transition word. What is being transitioned? In the previous chapters, Paul offers a theological discourse. What follows are the implications of that theology. These two verses lead us to consider the realities of the Gospel and how it should impact our lives. “Therefore,” we have to work at developing our minds and explore God’s will for us. There is so much more to unpack in those two verses that this space does not provide. So, I will leave you with just one thought that highlights the importance of worldview.
Paul tells to “not be conformed to the pattern of this world…” How often do we take time to check ourselves about that? Do we even recognize the pattern of the world when we see it? The danger is not the extreme version of the world’s way. Most of us can see that. Rather it is the subtle distortions that cripple us. Widespread in western culture is one version called moralistic therapeutic deism. Simply stated, it is the idea that God exists and generally set things up. He is passively benevolent and wants us to be nice and decent. Consequently, the purpose of religion, then, is to show us how to be that. In this model, the goal of life is to be happy.
The antidote to this way of thinking, of course, is the Gospel. Along our journey, we need a little grit. We need community. We need transformed minds, and most of all, we need Jesus.
Grace and Peace,
Joel T. Satterly