The fourth principle is challenging worldviews. In their book The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness, Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby remind us of the importance of a Christian Worldview. They state that
“A Christian worldview provides a fundamental orientation to the nature of the world, to our own human nature, and to what is expected of us. It also ought to help us understand our place in history.”
They go on to explain the implications of a Christian worldview in the university and the value of wrestling with issues of calling, vocation, faithfulness, materialism, and the like. Opitz and Melleby go on to say that
“The challenge is huge. If you imagine that more than four years of mind renewal and life transformation will be required, you are absolutely right. But every Christian must wrestle with these issues and college provides a great setting for the wrestling. “
There are any number of worldviews represented on a campus especially on the larger campuses where there are a number of international students. Whether they realize it or not each student walks onto campus with a particular way of seeing the world. Often times that worldview is inconsistent or takes them down a path that they will one day look back on and regret. Because many of the students who are entering their freshman year of college are pre-Christian or are walking away from their faith in the first year, it is essential to challenge their world view. When Jesus made his call to his first disciples along the Sea of Galilee, it looked like this,
“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.’
Jesus called and the disciples where forever changed. They left what they had to follow after him. They were no longer just fisherman. Their calling, vocation, and relationships were all affected by answering the call to Christ. This is what makes discipleship so difficult for people. It means that what they know and what they are comfortable with are all subject to Christ. In following Christ there is the assurance that all must be put aside to follow after Him. This means a fundamental shift in how we view the world. For the Christian it means that their worldview must be constantly shaped and reshaped by Jesus. Our selfish wants and desires must be set aside to follow him.
This is an obstacle for those who aren’t Christian. It is difficult to understand this kind of love and devotion and so to follow after Christ is foolishness to them. These barriers must be broken down to help students engage in discipleship. The Holy Spirit must be at work in their lives for worldview transformation to occur, but we can partner with the Holy Spirit in this process by faithfully asking questions that will show inconsistency and cracks in the current worldview of students. This is important on a number of different levels. This is important for the pre-Christians who may come to follow after Jesus. For this following to occur, the student must see the truth of their condition as mired in sin and the need for forgiveness and reconciliation. A worldview shift must occur if they are going to recognize this. Worldview shifts are also important to the faithful follower as well. Paul reminds us in Romans, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Paul was reminding his brothers and sister in Christ that transformation is not a onetime event but a lifelong process of sanctification conforming to Christ, and that this transformation occurs by renewing our mind, or in other words changing how we look at God, ourselves, and the world around us.
Challenging worldview is essential in developing disciples. This is how it might practically work itself out on a campus. Events that challenge how people look at the world can be a great tool in challenging students to look at the world around them differently. One successful event sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Church of Morgantown helped facilitate a change in perspective for some students at West Virginia University. A missionary was tapped to share his experiences in Cambodia battling the child sex slave trade. His story coupled with the story of one of his successes named Nu helped challenge those listening with difficult material that many have never dealt with before. Actually experiencing the story of someone who lived through the sex trade and came out of it with their faith in Jesus intact and stronger helped these students to see the world in a different way. They were challenged by what they heard and decided to be intentional in daily prayer for those like Nu who had to endure the horrific life a child sex slave.
We can solely rely on events like this to challenge worldview but they can be a great tool in conjunction with earning the right in relationships to ask the students difficult questions that help them to see their need for Christ or their need to go deeper in their faith. A ministry may not have the resources to provide these kinds of opportunities, but I am willing to wager that a creative person can find ways to use the principal in their own particular context to challenge worldviews. When the worldview is challenged for inconsistencies and holes, the students begin to see their true place in the human story which leads us to my next principle.
 Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness Page49
 Donald Opitz and Derek Melleby The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness Page 50
 Mark 1:16-18 NIV 2010