Christian Worldview, pt1
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
Genesis 1 is dedicated to creation. That is the first way we see God. The first foundation of a Christian worldview is to see Him as a specific creator. Not a creator in the sense of a divine spark or evolutionary spark. When God made things, He made them complete. When He made man, He made man complete. When He made an apple tree, He made it complete, not in some kind of evolutionary stage. Many people talk about God as a creator, but they are referring to an initiator, not a creator.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW PILLAR #1: God is an absolute and specific creator.
When God chose to reveal Himself to us, the first way He chose to do that was as creator. Unless you believe God’s description of Himself as the creator, everything else you believe about God will be distorted. One of the reasons people do not see Jesus accurately in the Scripture is because they do not see God accurately in the Scripture. That starts in Genesis 1.
The first law of Scripture is found in Genesis 1:11—seed-bearing things reproduce after their own kind. One of the laws of God’s specific creation is apple trees reproduce apples, and people reproduce people. God intrinsically made it that way. That debunks any evolutionary thoughts. What you sow is what you will reap. Things just don’t happen in our life. We should not be living in an evolutionary mindset, but partnering with the divine Creator.
There are consequences for our spiritual actions, just like there are consequences for our natural actions. When you don’t believe that God is the absolute and specific creator, you lose track of action and consequences, cause and effect. There are many people who live in an entitlement culture and mentality because they deny cause and effect. God causes and then affects things.
In Genesis 1:26-28, God wanted man to reproduce, to multiply, and fill the earth. He has never told man to stop doing these things. The world has plenty of room. The root of extreme environmentalism is population control. If you believe in population control, you have to take away God’s command to multiply and FILL the earth. Psalm 127 says that people are a blessing and they are not a curse.
Why are people starving in other nations if overpopulation is not an issue?
1. Lack of Technology: If you get below a certain population per square acre, production decreases (not increases). They have a lack of technology to drill water or filter the polluted water.
2. Political Control: During wartime, the water supply and food supply is cut off.
3. Natural Disaster
It isn’t because the land isn’t there or things can’t reproduce or because crops can’t grow.
The United States population has grown tremendously since the turn of the century, and we have 63% less farmland. Our population has more than doubled and our farmland has decreased, yet our production has gone up. We are exporting more food. How?
1. We are living in a greater mechanical age. (Harvesting, tilling, tractors, etc.)
2. We have greater access to utilities to help the farming process. (Gas, electric, etc.)
3. We have greater access to communication.
4. There is greater education. (Farmers are really smart people.)
5. The ability to transport food is greater.
6. Refrigeration that wasn’t available 100 years ago is available now.
7. We have the ability to process things.
8. We have the ability to package things.
9. The science we now have is more advanced.
God said in Genesis 1 that the world could sustain a growing population. That is true. God is the ultimate and specific creator, and He made the earth to sustain His creation.
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