When studying any topic, I believe perspective is everything. What are you trying to get out of the study? For example, as a certified public accountant, my perspective relating to preparing financial statements includes compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Banks usually request financial statements prepared by CPAs because they trust the perspective of a CPA, as opposed to an owner or investor, who may fail to report significant information.

When studying the history of Germany, do you think it would matter if your background was Jewish? When writing about the history of the Protestant faith, would it matter if the writer were Catholic? When writing about the importance of sports at a university, would it matter if the writer was the head of the English Department that had just lost funding? I could go on and on, but the point is made: of course it matters what your feelings on the subject are when researching a topic, even history.

I am aware of books by Christians who claim that America was not founded to be a Christian nation, with letters to support their thesis. While others, also with documentation, point out that many of our founding fathers were Christians, including many that were trained in seminaries. My thinking is that the authors’ perspectives are very different, one being academic, the other, more evangelical. But, should that matter? I think, yes, it does matter—a great deal. But, is that a bad thing?

Whether we want to admit it, or not, we all have very distinct perspectives, based on our experiences in life. I have never doubted God’s Word, so my perspective includes the Bible. When studying history, I believe it matters a great deal to have an understanding of how cultures view their relationship with God.

We are living in a day and age when people are being taught that belief in God may cause a bias in their understanding or education. As Christians, it is important to have an understanding of the biblical perspective on all issues, as we are flooded with alternatives that may lead us away from the God of the Bible.