I hear a lot of talk today about the church impacting culture. Coming back from Atlanta, where I went to the Christian Booksellers’ convention this week, I read a couple of books on the plane, both of them had to do with confronting our culture, affecting and impacting our culture. But frankly, folks, that’s not our goal. That is not our goal. It sounds like a noble goal, and I’m sure there are people who can see certain noble aspects of it, and there may be some.
But our goal is not to impact our culture by changing their moral values.
Our goal is not to impact our culture by creating traditional values, family values through legislation or judicial process.
Our goal is not to make sure that the United States of America adheres to a national policy that equates to biblical morality. That is not our goal. We are not involved in altering social morality. We are not involved in upgrading cultural conduct. We are interested in people becoming saved. That is our only agenda. If we’re going to change our culture, we’re going to change it from the inside out.
You see, the church has one mission; we are a nation of priests. And a priest had one simple function, to bring people to God, to usher them into His presence. It is the only thing we are in the world to do.
Frankly, if people die in a Communist government or a democracy, it really doesn’t matter if they end up in hell. If they die under a tyrant or a benevolent dictator, it doesn’t matter if they end up in hell. If they die believing that homosexuality is wrong or believing that homosexuality is right and end up in hell, it doesn’t matter. If they die as a policeman or a prostitute without Christ, they’re going to end up in the same place. Whether they die moral or immoral will make no difference in their eternity.
Whether they stood on the side of the street with the pro-abortion rights group and screamed for legalizing and maintaining legal abortions, or on the other side of the street against abortion and screamed to stop the killing – if they didn’t know Christ they’re going to end up in the same place. Right? That isn’t the issue. The issue is salvation; the issue is salvation. And the sad reality is that when the church gets a moralizing, politicizing bent it usually has a negative impact on its evangelization mission, because then it makes the people hostile to the current system, and they become the enemies of the society rather than the compassionate friends.
If we are going to see our nation transformed, it has to be done from the inside out, that’s our agenda. And so we’re here to preach Christ and “to know nothing among you except Christ and Him crucified.”