How we fight immorality and injustice
The most significant thing we can do as believers to combat the moral decline of the nation and the injustice all around us is to preach the gospel. One of the last things Jesus told his disciples before his ascension into heaven was, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19, 20).
Let me break that down.
First, Christ tells us to go (Mt 28:19). Don’t sit idly by as the world deteriorates. Go! Get busy. Be proactive. Psalm 106 says, “Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times” (Ps 106:3). Doing nothing is not an option. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden (Mt 5:14).
Second, go and make disciples (Mt 28:19). Wait a minute. I thought our goal was to prevent injustice. That’s right, but how do you propose we change people’s minds without changing their hearts? And how do we change their hearts apart from the gospel which is the means by which we come to know God, grace, and true justice? If we want to turn the world upside down as the apostles once did, making disciples must be our priority (Ac 17:6). We must preach the gospel before all else.
Pray for this country. Talk to people about the truth. Try your best to persuade them. Sign a petition. Protest if you feel you should—always peaceable, of course (Ro 12:18). Call your congressman. But above all else, preach the gospel. Obey the great commission. Make disciples because only then will real change take place (Mt 28:19).
Ultimately, what this country needs is not new legislation or more conservative politicians, not exclusively anyhow, but Christ Jesus. Sinners need Jesus, not science, politics, or arguments of logic. Sinners need the gospel. Amen?