When faced with challenges we have a tendency to look to the past for answers. We also find this pattern as a reoccurring theme in stories within the bible.
Like most things in the bible, sometimes it is encouraged, other times it is discouraged. For the Israelites being led out of Egypt, they had to look forward. For the Israelites in Babylon, they had to look back to move forward.
Consequently, looking back for answers is fine to an extent, as long as we also consider the present, and prepare for the future.
If we only look to the past for answers, then we become stuck in the past. Making it difficult to make progress.
I use this example to emphasise the power of worldview or mindsets. It is the lenses from which we view and react to the World and it’s complexities.
Everyone has a worldview. It may be more or less conscious or systemic. It may or may not make reference to institutional religious or non-religious perspectives. It is one of the core tasks of faith leaders to enable people to reflect on their own and others’ world-views.
For society to flourish, people need to understand where their own and others’ worldview come from, to understand their impact on people’s actions in a whole range of areas of human life, and to be able to critique them in a climate of respect.
Paul notes in his letter to friends in Ephesus:
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Eph. 4:4-6)
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