An awareness of the political scene brought on suddenly by the impending presidential election has got my gears turning. As a preacher, and simply as a Christian, I am aware of the moral status of the United States (and the world in general). I am aware of the fact that bills are entertained and passed that conflict with, or at least display a sort of active indifference towards, God’s laws. I am aware that many “Christian,” “conservative” groups, including churches and church leaders, make it their aim to uphold God’s laws and subvert these bills by attempting to influence the voting public, or by attempting to influence the elected officials.
However (bet you knew that was coming), I wonder if a lot of time and resources are spent trying to influence in the wrong ways. I am not saying that there is anything inherently wrong with trying to battle for morals in this way. I am saying that perhaps the strategy is not working, and perhaps we ought to go about it a different way.
Many, in response to what I have said so far, would quote Edmund Burke: “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” So, preemptively, let me say that I am not advocating that we do nothing. I am advocating that we do something more productive: influence people one by one, starting with your friends, family, and acquaintances. Put your time, energy, and resources into this, and you could help change the nation.
Think about it. How many Christians are there out there? And how many people do each of these Christians know? Do you think, taking these thoughts into account, that nearly every person in the United States is acquainted with at least one Christian? What would be the impact, politically, if every Christian could persuade at least a few of their acquaintances to follow Christ’s teachings? There sure would be a lot more Christ-sensitive voters (and, theoretically, government officials) out there.
Forget the political scene for a moment. All of Christianity could be viewed this way. It is a big job taking the gospel to the whole world. There are groups that try mass persuasion. There are those who believe that fighting in the political scene can automatically make more disciples. Change the country’s laws, and we can change the citizens. All the while the grass-roots movement known as personal evangelism goes unnoticed and unpracticed.
What if every Christian made an effort to effectively share the gospel with a few lost friends, family, and acquaintances this year? What would be the impact? If you only persuaded one of your lost friends, family, or acquaintances to become a Christian this year, and if every other Christian only did the same, then the number of Christians would double by next year. That’s an increase of 100%! What if the same trend was repeated next year? That doubled number would double again!
All it takes is a grassroots Great Commission effort. All you have to do is share the gospel with a few of your lost friends, family, and acquaintances each year. All you have to do is make one disciple this year. Would that take care of the Great Commission? Nope. But, it would be a wonderful start to double our number in a year. Think about it. What are you willing to do for Christ?
There’s one more thing you’ll have to do: convince your Christian friends that they need to do the same thing.
Go and make disciples…and in the mean time you might discover that the morals of our nation would change one soul at a time, if we would just do what Christ asked us to do.