Changing Laws or Changing People?

I had an opportunity to speak yesterday at Mosaic in L.A., and the message will be on our free http://www.mosaic.org/podcast.

One of the things I shared deals with the power of changing people who bring about a change in laws. Often we change the laws to change the people. I think it is remarkable the way the people of Nineveh turned to God and away from their wicked ways just before the King made a proclamation asking them to do so (Jonah 3:3-7). The passage reminded me that often politicians are reactionary and true change must come from the ground up.

Abraham Lincoln once said: “With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed…. He who holds public sentiment goes deeper than he who erects statutes or pronounces decisions.”

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  • Keith Walters

    “The passage reminded me that often politicians are reactionary and true change must come from the ground up.”

    Amen. The Gospel is not meant to be a means through which “Christians” force cultural transformation. The Gospel transcends cultural boundaries to transform individuals within culture who inturn create culture, a culture which reflects their new identity.

  • JTapp

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Mosaic sounds quite interesting.
    I recently Read a good chapter from Philip Yancey’s book “The Jesus I Never Knew,” related to this topic.
    He said if all the “evangelical Christians” of today are known for 30 years from now is that they are “pro-family values, anti-abortion, anti homosexual rights” then the church will have been a failure.

    So much is said among believers right now about who is “God’s man” for the White House, but for people in Jesus’ day this would have been a foreign concept. They didn’t sit around saying “Who’s God’s man to rule the Roman Empire? Octavius? Augustus?”

    BTW– the church has always grown the fastest in times where the government and society has been hostile to it.

  • j.j.fike

    Sometimes I agree and disagree about POLITITICANS ABOUT THEY DONT TALK ABOUT GOD or saying God will help them get those all of this I thank that they should put god first than anything else so pray for them in your prayer

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