BY ANDREW CONRAD
In Social Studies class in the fourth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Harrington, was discussing different cultures from around the world. I learned that the Spanish drink coffee late at night and dance until the wee hours of the morning; the gauchos of Argentina wear elaborate hats and ride their horses while hurling their three rock “bolas” at cattle; and the French drink wine and concentrate on good food and beautiful women.
I was concerned. I said to myself, “I don’t have a culture!” It took me several class periods of worry before I realized one does not recognize his or her own culture because it seems so normal. I consider worldview to be similar to culture: everyone else has one, which is why they believe and practice weird things!
As a child, my worldview was formed by the private school I attended, the catechism classes we held, the Wednesday morning devotional, and praying with my parents every night. Every Sunday I would go to church and see different magnificent scenes in the stain glassed windows. Below each scene was a scripture verse. I remember reading about Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac, the great flood in which only Noah’s family was saved, and the Good Shepherd who cared for my soul. I fell deeply in love with Jesus, and his love for me. My parents’ upbringing, and my school’s training developed in me a conservative evangelical worldview at an early age. I developed an understanding of the Triune God and the sacrifice he made for me.
In a Sunday School class my teacher asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up. I listened to different answers, and when it was my turn, I blurted out, “I want to be a missionary! I want to tell other boys and girls about Jesus!” My church did not have missionaries. I don’t even remember learning what a missionary was. But obviously, God knew, and called me to serve him in a culture, a worldview, and a society different from what I was raised in so others, especially little boys and girls, could hear about his wonderful love!
Andrew Conrad is a Trinity student and author. His book, The Macho, is available HERE.
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