Christians can change the political climate if they will speak with clarity from positions of public service.

Prophets of doom surround us. Many believe that the current political and social order is crumbling because the West’s humanistic foundation cannot stand the tensions of contemporary society. Instead of making Christians fret, this should cause them to rejoice since a society that knows it is in trouble is responsive to suggestion. Christians can do something to effect change if they will speak with clarity in the midst of the chaos. And although things may grow worse, the Christian must take Romans 8:28 seriously: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

The Christian who sees no hope is not living consistently with the teachings of the Bible. We should view the world through the mind of Christ, because he is working for all things to come together for the good of the true church. It is the humanist who has no ultimate hope. If we Christians continue to take the position that we are impotent in the face of the crises we face we will continue to have little effect on the culture.

A woman once told me that although the church may be persecuted, “Christians can go to the lions singing.” Indeed. But we have a responsibility to try to stop the downward spiral before we get to the lions.

When someone addresses a group on the need for Christian action in our society, people often come up to that person and say, “I’ll pray for you.” Now, Christ himself guarantees the power of prayer, but a certain type of “prayer mentality” can be a cop-out. It is easy to say, “I’ll pray for you,” and then go home and sink into an easy chair to watch television. ...

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