Biblical Worldview of Sociology
A worldview is a personal collection of ideas and beliefs through which all of life is perceived and lived. Every person has a worldview. There are several prominent worldviews — Christian, humanist, atheist, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age — including subsets of each and hybrids of two or more.
All worldviews are based on someone or something — a religious leader, philosopher, professor, writer, a book, popular culture or movement, etc. The Christian, or Biblical, worldview is based on God’s revelation of Himself in the Bible, which is embraced as inerrant and infallible.
Sociology is the study of human groups. It focuses on two interrelated areas of study: social factors and recurrent relationships among people. It does not concern itself with behavior unique to individuals or with particular situations; these lie outside the boundaries of the sociological perspective. Basically, then, sociologists are interested in patterns of human relationships rather than individual behavior.
Sociology provides several perspectives for looking at group behavior – functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism. Exclusive use of any one perspective prevents seeing other aspects of group life. All three aspects allow us to see most of the important dimensions of social life.
From the world’s perspective, sociology delves into the study of all groups, whether secular or religious. As a science, it should examine data, test theories, and make conclusions in a non-partisan way. That does not always happen. Those whose personal or corporate agenda is to advance their own ideas, or worldview, use sociology less as a science and more as a platform. Incorrect data, manipulated results, and flat out lies are challenges that adults young and old must sort through to reject, agree to, or draw some sort of conclusion. This conclusion, that is, a believable thought or idea about the interaction of certain people groups and why the pattern of interaction is acceptable, is influenced by the way one is brought up, by his or her lifestyle, and by a faith that is embraced or shunned.
A Biblical worldview of sociology is foundational for understanding and interacting with the people groups in which one is associated every day. Some of these groups are: family, coworkers, school mates, circle of friends, members of a sports team, church family, and business associates.
A Biblical worldview of sociology reminds us that:
- Everyone, regardless of social class or people group interaction, needs Christ.
- There is only one way for each of these people to know Jesus as Savior. This way is not necessarily a pattern, but from a Biblical sociological perspective, perhaps so.
- That way applies to every single person in history:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe
in your heart the God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
A Biblical worldview of sociology also concerns itself with these actions:
We should choose our friends wisely, and they deserve love, loyalty, and confidentiality.
- Our family is the most important group in our lives.
- Our employer deserves trustworthy, efficient labor.
- Our neighborhoods deserve safety, peace, and friendship.
- Our business associates deserve honest transactions and communication.
- Our contact with people should be done in compassionate, humanitarian ways.
- Our personal character should be one of integrity, steadiness, and grace.
Think for a moment what the world is teaching, or asking, or even tempting you to do in any of these cases. Compare each pattern for the above Biblically and worldly.
A strong Biblical worldview will be evident in the life of a faithful follower of Christ as he interacts with various people groups. He will bring glory and honor to His name, he will defend His cause, and he will not be moved (Ephesians 6:10-20).
God said in Leviticus 10:3, “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be glorified.”