Everyone makes assumptions about the world. We all analyze things based on what we believe about why we’re here. It’s known as a worldview and Christians have a biblical worldview.
For starters, God is eternal, all-powerful and perfect. In the beginning, He created a perfect world (Genesis 1:31). Humans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). No, we didn’t evolve from pond scum. Well, the first humans, Adam and Eve rebelled against God. Their sin brought suffering and death into the world, and they passed their rebellious nature on to us (Romans 5:12). There is no such thing as a good person (Romans 3:23).
Since human nature is corrupt, threats to our personal security often come from other people. That’s where government comes in. The main role of government is to protect God-given rights (Romans 13:1-7). A right is a gift from God that comes from a person’s being. We’re all born with rights, like the right to life and the right to do what we want as long as it doesn’t violate other people’s rights. By the way, education and healthcare aren’t rights. They’re services other people provide. Anyway, when governments go beyond their small but important role of protecting God-given rights, bad things happen. History is full of examples.
Now, these days, lots of people don’t read the Bible, but they think they’re experts on what it says. They know a few passages and tend to quote them out of context. I’m looking at you, ‘Don’t judge’ person. Many people lecture Christians on what we should support and how we should behave. Well, when Jesus was challenged about what the Word of God said, He often replied with a rhetorical question: have you not read? We should do the same.
For example, on the issue of gender, Jesus said that in the beginning God made them male and female (Matthew 19:4-6). There are only two genders. Likewise, in the same passage, Jesus said that marriage is between one man and one woman. Speaking of homosexuality, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and Romans 1:26-27 explicitly state that homosexuality is a sin.
Then there’s abortion. God formed us in the womb and knew us before we were born (Psalm 139:13; Jeremiah 1:5). Abortion is murder.
What about the issue of race? Acts 17:26 says that there is only one human race. There aren’t different races. There are different ethnicities or people groups, but God doesn’t show favoritism (Romans 2:11).
Speaking of different ethnicities, God created the different people groups at Babel and scattered them throughout the earth (Genesis 11:7-8). Put differently, God loves borders. I mean, nations were His idea. In fact, the Bible notes that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation” (Acts 17:26).
One specific people group that gets lots of attention in the Bible is the Jewish people. Christians support the existence of the modern state of Israel. God made an unconditional land promise to Abraham, which was reaffirmed to his son Isaac and Isaac’s son Jacob. Specifically, this land grant included everything north of the Nile River to Lebanon and everything east of the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River. Incidentally, this is a lot bigger than the modern state of Israel (Genesis 15:18, 17:7-8, 26:1-5, 35:10-12).
What about economics? The Bible endorses the voluntary exchange of private property, a free market system. For instance, the Ten Commandments include commands not to steal or covet other people’s stuff (Exodus 20:15, 17). This implies personal ownership. In the New Testament, we see in Acts 2:46-47 that Christians ate in each other’s homes. In addition, Acts 5:1-4 shows that Christians had the freedom to own and sell private property. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 says that if someone isn’t willing to work, they shouldn’t eat. All told, charity is encouraged while forced redistribution of wealth is condemned as theft.
Now, even if we don’t like those in power, we respect the institutions and offices of power unconditionally. Our obedience, however, is conditional (Romans 13:1-7). When the government is promoting justice and punishing evil, we support them completely. What about when the government promotes sin and evil? If the authorities try to prevent us from obeying God or they forces us to support or engage in sin, we must disobey (Acts 5:29).
Another issue the Bible weighs in on is the notion of man-made climate change. Genesis 8:22 says “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” So, man-made climate change disaster isn’t going to happen. By the way, God is going to do major environmental damage during the Day of the Lord (2 Peter 3:10-13). God made the earth and He can destroy it. Deal with it.
Of course, there are other areas of interest, but these are just some of the highlights. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that the Bible is the perfect Word of God, useful for learning, teaching and all sorts of things. In other words, the Bible speaks to every area of our lives. Use it!