Developing a Christian perspective
We need to develop a proper framework and angle for all our thoughts, views and reactions to things. Especially these days when many confusing elements present themselves, we cannot remain oblivious to this need. We need to have a good sense of perspective.
The sense of perspective starts with a worldview of things, enabling us to relate events, experiences, insights, observations, to an over-all picture of our life and its purpose. It enables us to relate parts among themselves to form a certain whole. It provides us with a sense of confidence and serenity, a sense of dominion and responsibility, and therefore of freedom, over our life.
It’s what builds a person’s character, since it springs from a body of core beliefs and convictions, from where we put our faith on, generating a corresponding hierarchy of values to guide our thoughts and actions. It gives us a sense of right and wrong, of good and evil in all aspects of our life. It endows us with a moral and ethical vision of our life.
Thus, there is such a thing as a Christian perspective, based, of course, on the Christian faith. There are also ideological perspectives, whether leftist, rightist or centrist. There’s the liberal perspective where freedom dominates over responsibility. There’s also the secularist perspective where things are assessed without any consideration for anything spiritual and supernatural.
Whatever it is, what is important is that we have a clear idea of the perspective we are assuming. We have to continually assess and develop it, because it is a living thing that has to contend with the vital flow of new elements and factors.
Much of our problem these days stems from the fact that many people do not realize this. Though there is a natural albeit hidden yearning for this sense of perspective, the reality is that many people are not aware of it and do not know how to develop it properly. As a result, there is a lot of shallowness and narrowness in the grasping of reality, leading one to simply be reactive rather than pro-active, if not to behave in on-the-spot improvisations, prone to knee-jerk responses.
The Christian perspective is what Christian believers should have. This has Christ as the constant reference point. His perspective is none other than that of his Father. He said: “The Son can do nothing of himself, unless it is something He sees the father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does in like manner.” (Jn 5,19)
St. Paul describes it this way: “We have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God, that we may know the things that are given us from God. “These things also we speak, not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the doctrine of the Spirit, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the sensual man perceives not these things that are of the Spirit of God, for it is foolishness to him, and he cannot understand, because it is spiritually examined.” (2,12-14)