Engage Life Faithfully Pt 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part series into my new purpose statement.  Part 1 is located here.  

Purpose Statement:

To provide clarity from a biblically informed perspective in order to help individuals engage life faithfully

Why?

“You’re a counselor not a preacher!  Why include the bible in this?”

Great question!  While this theoretical question is correct that I’m not a preacher, I still believe it is important for me to point out that I interpret my practice through a biblical perspective as opposed to a secular perspective. 

As I mentioned before I am not in the practice of shocking people.  I want to be upfront from where I am coming from. 

Part 2 of this series is focusing on “from a biblically informed perspective” from the purpose statement listed above.

Secular Perspective

I think having definitions is extremely important.  The opposite of a biblical perspective is a secular perspective. Let me present to you the Center for Inquiry (CFI).  From their own website “The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to defending science and critical thinking in examining religion. CFI’s vision is a world in which evidence, science, and compassion—rather than superstition, pseudoscience, or prejudice—guide public policy.”  By their own admission the CFI makes “bolstering the secularism movement across the world” as a “core value.”  So what do they mean by secularism?  

Again, on their website they mention “Secularism means anything that doesn’t in any way involve religion—it is not an opposition to religion.”  In the same article they mention a quote from Jim Herrick who provides his definition of secularism, “Secularism in the largest sense means that people do not refer to religion to make decisions, to adopt policies, to run their lives, to order their relationships, or to impel their activities”.

I’m not including these definitions and links to their website to dunk on them or anything like that.  I think they do a very good job of defining secularism.  Others may have differing definitions or views of secularism but overall I think they explain this perspective well.

Biblically Informed Perspective

Young woman or Old lady?


We all have a different perspective of things.  When I hear the word perspective I often think of those pictures that can be looked at completely differently depending on what you are focusing on.  This picture is a great example of this.  In this picture I always see a young woman looking away. However, if you look at it another way, this young lady’s chin turns into an old woman’s nose.  The entire picture changes based off this perspective shift.

In this same sense I believe the bible changes your perspective massively.  A “clump of cells” because a precious child. The terms “love, grace, peace” all have differing meanings if you apply a secular or biblical lens to the situation. 

Instead of having you figure out which way I am looking at a situation I aim to be upfront of what my perspective is.  My perspective is informed through scripture.  Issues that scripture is explicit about I am explicit about.  I believe that scripture is the authority of truth. I don’t believe man is able to reason himself enough to progress towards a great civilization.

Does this mean I have to agree with you?

Does that mean I have to agree with you?

I have included my statement of faith on my website as a way to help inform further my biblical beliefs.  I don’t do this as a way to force my beliefs onto you.  No, I do it as a way of being overt with my beliefs.  I mention this often but I’m not in the business of “gotcha” means of sneaking in my religion.

When a new client comes to me I include my statement of faith on my informed consent.  I ask the client if they disagree with any of these statements.  If they do disagree I then ask further if this will be a problem with us conducting counseling together.  If it is a problem then that’s okay!  I will do my best to get you connected to someone else. 

However, some may disagree with some of my theological stances and still are okay seeing me.  You might be someone that is conservative leaning but not religious and are looking for a counselor that won’t push liberal ideals on you.  Or, you may be a family member that has a LGBTQ+ family member and don’t want a “gender affirming care” activist counselor. 

Last Thoughts

I am not infallible.  I make mistakes.  I recognize I may make errors in my interpretation of scripture.  If you are looking to improve your biblically informed perspective don’t look to me as the expert, look to scripture! 

If after reading this and you would like a biblically informed counselor then feel free to setup a free consultation with me.  I look forward to hearing from you!