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The Briefing

Every morning my kids have to deal with me reading and listening news while simultaneously working to understand what’s currently taking place in the world. I’m sure it’s frustrating to them at times because none of the anchors I listen to are cartoons, although it seems they could be from time to time. I’ve been interested in current events, politics, and the world stage since I was a young kid. I can remember switching between ESPN, Conan the Barbarian, and the local news outlet as I prepared for school even in the late elementary grades.

As I’ve grown older I’ve gained responsibility, shifted priorities, and recognized the futility of spending countless hours trying to traverse this cluttered highway. I’ve not decided to step away completely, rather I’m trying to be more focused in what I listen to and read. I’m fully aware that every voice is shaped by a worldview. So, it’s important for me (and for you) to evaluate the sources from which we’re learning, hearing, and gathering information.

I, like most of you, am more of a news consumer than contributor. There are certain channels I’m drawn to and websites that I visit regularly, but many times those places aren’t clear and certainly aren’t concise. Recently, I began listening to a short news update each weekday morning as I commute to work. By short I mean 20 minutes or so. The president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Albert Mohler (@albertmohler), provides a "Daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations” which he calls The Briefing.

Personally, I’ve found this to be helpful, while not exhaustive. Mohler, does not attempt to address every topic related to “leading news” but is careful in selecting stories, issues, and subject matter which he sees as important and timely.

Is the term “worldview” is unknown or unclear to you? If so, think of it this way…your worldview is similar to the lenses a person looks through when they wear glasses. Everything is effected by those lenses. So, whether you’re wearing bifocals or BluBlockers what you see is adjusted accordingly. Here’s the thing – everyone has a worldview. By everyone I mean everyone. Essentially, a “worldview” refers to a comprehensive conception of the world from a specific standpoint. If you’re a Christian it would logically flow that your worldview is shaped by your beliefs as a Christian. If you’re tracking you can begin to see the importance of having a foundational understanding of what you believe and why you believe it.

It’s with this frame of mind that I’ve chosen to enlist the daily help of Dr. Mohler in order to better analyze the leading news and cultural conversations from a distinctly Christian worldview. You may immediately ask the question, “Is your worldview congruent with Dr. Mohler’s?” The answer to that question is as complicated as the worldview discussion itself. Suffice it to say that I’m happy to have Dr. Mohler’s assistance in faithfully and consistently applying not only a christian worldview but biblical one as well.

Back to my kids for a moment. One of the areas which my worldview naturally bleeds into is my home. How I think, feel, and act is a direct indicator of the beliefs I hold. Remember that frustration my kids felt? Part of that is a result of their mom and I trying to help them gain a worldview that’s consistent with the foundational beliefs of our home. More important than owning a worldview that’s consistent with my beliefs is living it in front of them moment by moment and day by day. And with that challenge in view I’m thankful to have brief help each morning to gather my thoughts, think critically, and engage the mission God has for me both in my home and in the world to which He sends me.