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A CHANGE IN WORLDVIEW
In our Revelation class on Sunday mornings, we have been talking about how apocalyptic writings are intended to change our worldview. Revelation is intended, I believe, to help us understand that we live in a new time and new place when we become Christians, and therefore we must live with this new worldview as residents of the Kingdom of God and not the kingdom of the world.
This is sometimes difficult to understand, so I want to share an example of changing world views with you. This is not a hunting story but it does involve hunting and illustrates a change in my own worldview when I moved to a different place and time.
I grew up hunting and for me hunting had always been walking through large pastures of almost 1,000 acres looking for deer in canyons and on hillsides. We hunted with rifles and most of our shots were in the 100 yard range. Very rarely we would sit behind some brush close to a feeder. (My dad would allow this only as a last resort!)
When I moved up here everything was different. Rifles aren’t allowed, only shotguns and muzzle loaders. There are no large pastures to walk through hunting for deer. Everyone sits in blinds or tree stands. (We didn’t have trees big enough for stands in my part of Texas!) Not only that, some people take a thermos of coffee to drink while they wait for deer to show up! All of this was very foreign to me. Growing up the way I did, this wasn’t considered ‘hunting.’ This is what the city slickers did when they came to the ranch and built their tall box stands, sat and drank coffee while they waited for a deer to come in range.
Moving up here changed my worldview in this regard. This kind of hunting wasn’t for ‘city slickers,’ it was necessary for the part of the country we live in. The land is different, the seasons are different and the weather is certainly different! I came to realize that my mind-set growing up did not fit the new place and new time where I live. I had to change my thinking.
We no longer live in the kingdom of the world. We live in a new kingdom and a new time, so the way we view things must change as well.
Think about it.
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