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This sermon is part of the sermon series "Piecing Together the Puzzle of Life". See series.

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Imagine a report comes on the television that a terrible tragedy has just befallen a group of people beyond your town. Person "A" sees the report, sighs, and changes the channel. Person "B" watches the same news item, groans, and resolves to start gathering groceries or to write a check to do something to help. How do we account for the different response? Is it simply genetics? Is it simply personality? If you were with us last week, you will know that I believe it has something to do with each person's worldview.

A worldview is the complex of ideas that a person holds about themselves, about other people, and about the nature of life itself. Someone who believes, for example, that it is wisest to treat their neighbor as they want to be treated, will naturally feel and act differently in the face of the misfortunes of others than someone who thinks that everybody has their own problems and wisdom means taking care of yourself.

Ideas, therefore, have consequences. The ideas you hold about the worth of people, the nature of justice, the role of government and so forth are all like pieces of a puzzle you put together to form a lens through which you view and respond to life. Connect the worldviews of a large group of us and you have what we call a "culture." Stretch that culture out over time and across the land and you have what we call a "civilization." Trace the outworking of the dominant worldviews of various civilizations and you have what we call "history." More than by tidal waves, hurricanes, acts of terror, or conquest, history is the child of ideas.

The question I want to weigh in on today is this: How do you know which worldview to go with? Can we really say that any set of ideas are better or ...

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church.us, a nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Lombard, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. We are living in a modern Greek tragedy.

II. There is something new under the sun.

III. We know the real story.