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Changing a Nation

Changing the Nations

I hope that my previous post, Discipling Individuals or Nations?, will serve to help relieve Christians and missionaries of the burden that they may feel to have to disciple a whole nation as a result of misunderstanding the Great Commission.

Having said that, I do believe that, at times, room is given to certain individuals or groups to help disciple and transform a whole nation/ethnic tribe in one or more areas of society. Some Christians that are in key positions such as education, media, and politics may get to appreciably change a significant aspect of their society. Others may be placed where they can influence important role players in their society who in turn can bring about change.

Okay, so what about the regular Christian? Can he or she affect a nation? In considering this, let’s not underestimate the Lord’s ability to multiply even the little influence that most of us have. Like the boy’s few loaves and fish in Jesus’ hands could feed a multitude, something we say can be used by God to reach the right ears and bring significant change in society.

Some of Jesus’ exchanges with individuals, like Nicodemus or the Samaritan woman, had more impact both then and in the long term than when He spoke to certain crowds. So, remember, whether it’s child-rearing or speaking to thousands, both have the potential to affect big change. We need only be obedient where God has placed us or sends us. Never despise what appears to be “small” work.

Individually, we may not significantly change a whole nation, but changing one person’s view, does change the nation, even if it’s only by that one. Also, remember that we are often one of many speaking the same thing. And, if each of us influences those that we are meant to, then, eventually, a nation can be changed.

Finally, this quote by Martin Luther King Jnr. is worth considering: “The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores (customs and conventions) of society.”

Recommendations:

Jim Wright, in his post, The Cultural Implications of the Great Commission, adds much more to my previous post concerning the impact that Christians should be having on all spheres of society.

Also, let me recommend Landa Cope’s online book, The Old Testament Template where she clearly shows that the Bible has principles for all spheres of society and nation building.

Rob Morley

Here are some questions that we occasionally (maybe every 4 years) grapple with: Who to vote for? What are the candidates’ views on key issues? What are my views on these issues? And, most importantly, what is God’s mind on these things?

What!? God’s mind!? Who can know that? Fortunately for us, God’s views, His own laws, aren’t hidden mysteries, but have been left for us in His word, the Bible.

When the Israelites came out of Egypt, they were to become a self-governing nation and, in the light of that, God gave them His laws in the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. These laws covered all aspects of society and when Israel adhered to them they prospered. However, when these were dismissed (or misinterpreted) they struggled. Also, these same laws have had an influence in many nations in the creation of their own laws.

Various interpretations can be a problem at times, but this shouldn’t make us shy away from engaging with God’s word to discover the truth. While these disputes have their own challenges, at least we are looking in the right place. In Phil. 3:15 we have an example of how Paul accommodated believers holding different views where he says, “…if in anything you think otherwise, God will (in time) reveal that also to you.”

Imagine arriving at a stadium with a friend to see a game. You may have a dispute over which entrance your tickets are instructing you to use, but that won’t make you dismiss the tickets as your reference. In this case, a wrong interpretation just means a longer walk and possibly missing some of the game. Sadly, Christians can have a negative influence on society with awful consequences through their bad interpretation of God’s word or ignorance of it.

So, studying God’s word remains an excellent means for Christians to get to know God’s mindset and, in turn, influence society. As the salt and light of this world, Christians need to appropriately share God’s ideas in the arenas where they have direct and indirect influence. Sometimes, like the boy with the loaves and the fish, a small influence can be multiplied to affect a multitude.

We can be encouraged that many of the laws that exist throughout the world already reflect God’s laws. Man, despite his sinful nature and disregard for God, still has something of a moral compass in him. Also, while we might not be able to enjoy a government that fully embraces God’s laws as it ought to, nevertheless we can be an influence for positive change.

All we can do is bring the truth to the table. How society responds in making a government that reflects God’s laws or not is up to them. Having said that, it remains our responsibility as Christian’s to direct people toward the ideal of a government that reflects all of God’s laws.

Today, many are thankful for those who previously stood for change to make their lives a better experience. Slaves, various races, females, children and others have all been helped by those who have stood for God’s laws. It still remains for many to be protected, including the most vulnerable, the unborn babies, from the murder of abortion.

For a link to help you to study God’s word you can go our Bible Coaching site.

Rob

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