Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Persuade Rather than Impose

I thought as a study tool for myself I would type up a section of my theology notes which seem appropriate for the season we are in. This originates with Dr. John Hammett:

"For the past 20 years or more, Christians have been recovering the realization that at least in this country, they do have a voice and can make a difference in the political climate. But in our increasing involvement in the culture wars of this country, I fear we are in danger of forgetting that laws are not obeyed and respected unless people think those laws embody and uphold what is right. And it is Christ that can transform a person's view of what is right and wrong.

For example, on the issue of abortion, we can work politically to elect pro-life politicians and get a law passed against abortion, and that will affect the supply. But a far greater need is to change people's hearts and reduce the demand for abortion. Both sides are needed, but just trying to cut off the supply without reducing the demand may result in some good, but may also result in an unenforceable law that would not be respected. Changing people's hearts, loving our enemies, working to win people one by one--these traditional ideas still have a lot of merit and importance. Preaching the gospel may still be the most important social ministry we have!"

For further study read Christ and Culture Revisited by D.A. Carson

1 comment:

Mark said...

I have the D.A. Carson book coming in the crate....can'!