Cleaning our Lenses

Recently, as I was working away at my computer (wearing my new glasses – prescribed to assist my tired computer screen eyes) I was unaware that my vision was clouded. It wasn’t until I removed the glasses, focused on the lenses, and noticed the smears and smudges that I had been looking through, all in an effort to see more clearly. Taking a cleaning cloth and my handy little ‘Specsavers Lens Bright’, cleaning spray, I was able to wipe away all that had (unknowingly) been clouding my vision. 

Our worldview is often described as ‘The lens through which we see the world’. It’s how we make sense of the world around us. Our worldview will impact our view of God, Man, Truth, Knowledge and Ethics. 

Our worldviews are influenced by our family, our community, our education and ourselves. The things in life that we experience will have an effect on our worldview, as well as the other way around. If we blindly travel through life, without considering ‘the way we see’, we may find ourselves either not aware that we are even wearing glasses; or taking our glasses off (to analyse our worldview) and not being happy with the amount of ‘smudges’ interfering with what we thought was a clear picture. 

At the beginning of this year, I urged my Secondary Staff to consider taking a look at what may have become ‘smudges on our worldview’. Our experiences over the past year have no doubt changed, or are affecting, our perspective. Whilst I am certain that the experiences of lockdown and ‘COVID normal’ have perhaps brought greater clarity for some; teaching us to value family, time and being still; I am also aware that these times have also brought in trepidation and hopelessness to many. My desire is that we as educators can remain hope-filled, Kingdom seekers. 

Throughout Secondary Schooling at MECS (and particularly in the Senior School years), our students are urged to look at, analyse and ‘wrestle with’ their worldview. They are taught to consider how they, and others, choose to answer the questions:

Who am I? Why am I here? What’s wrong with the world? How can what is wrong, be made right? And whilst we open our student’s eyes to varying perspectives and worldviews that surround them, we always come back to assurances that can be found in the metanarrative of the overarching Biblical story. 

Our deep hope is that our students will have worldviews shaped strongly, if not solely, by the Gospel Truth. 

Who am I? I am a child of God; the crowning glory of all creation, made in the image of our Creator God. 

Why am I here? To bring glory and honour to God; the one who created me. 

What is wrong with the world? I am. Because of sin, I don’t do what I was created to do. I am alienated from God. I am hostile in mind.

How can what is wrong, be made right? Through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

(Colossians 1:15-23)

So perhaps it’s time for us all to take a step back, to bring out the ‘lens cleaner’ (The Word) and be reminded of the Truth. And may your worldview be ever clearer.