Opposing world views can be managed

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The journey of Unity in CommUNITY brings a wonderful opportunity to build relationships.

Barriers to building relationships are usually not the things seen, but things unseen. Everyone has a personal world view. A world view is a philosophical belief of life or how the world works. A world view is an unseen aspect of relationships. For example, some people believe God exists, while others may have agnostic beliefs. When people with these altering world views meet, they can generally discuss the weather or sports, but when trying to provide advice on life there is a barrier because their world views clash.

World views are vital to building relationships because a person’s world view rarely changes. A person might be able to accept the logic of a differing principle, but rarely will that principle swiftly change their world view. In the example of the person who has agnostic beliefs, they will not convince a professing Christian that God does not exist.

Why is that? Because the professed Christian has biblical world view that holds to the belief in a personal relationship with the risen Christ. If the agnostic tries to force their philosophy, the conversation will likely end or the relationship will end.

In the politically contentious and racially charged society of today, it is important to remember that trying to force a world view for someone else to accept will only create further division. There seems to be an undercurrent in society to force certain world views upon opposing beliefs in an effort to gain holistic acceptance. Being mad at someone with an opposing worldview only causes harm to building relationships. Think about it, why would you want to be in an adversarial relationship?

So, how do we work through the complexities of opposing world views to build Unity in CommUNITY? First, we must understand the condition of our heart, which is desperately wicked. Dr. Adrian Rogers said, “The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.” I think my friend Paul said it best. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander. Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate and forgive one another.” As the heat of summer ends this month, will the burn of an angry heart consume your world view or will you seek unity through forgiveness? A forgiving and kind heart sounds peaceful.

Have a blessed weekend.

Editor’s note: Roxboro Police Chief David Hess and The Courier-Times have partnered to print a monthly Chief’s Column, which will be published the first Saturday of each month. Personians can submit questions to the chief to be answered in the next edition and the chief will provide updates on community policing initiatives, safety awareness and other happenings in the city.

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