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|What Kind Of Change?||10/31/2008|
Change is inevitable, but only
Change is inevitable, but only
The call for change is not unlike the call from God to repent as nations, communities and individuals. Throughout the Bible, God calls on His chosen people (both Israel and the church) to repent. Repentance is change. It is a change in direction, attitude and the mind. Since we are promised change, we should ask if this is the result of national repentance. Change should only come as the result of wise choices based on sound principles.
I have deep concern for the nation that I deeply appreciate and love. Does change mean increasing dependence upon government? Increased tax burdens? Continued spending beyond the budget and burdensome bail outs necessitated by foolish leadership and rampant greed? Will the free market remain free, with proper oversight, or be eliminated? Can government change the greed in men's hearts and instill compassion? Will we change our view of innocent children as non-persons or further deny the right to exist for the convenience of self-serving indulgence? Will freedom be interpreted as the right to do what one wishes without boundaries or restraint? Will our justice system become the perpetrators of more injustice? What will be the effect of these promised changes? Will the media change its apparent mission to destroy those with whom they disagree while slanting their reporting in favor of their chosen people and principles? Will we stop using the privilege to vote as a tool to manipulate the uninformed in order for unprincipled people to take power? Will we change our republic into a democracy run by mob rule?
It is disturbing to think that any of these things may become reality. Yet, many of these possibilities are very real -- some are already happening. We have only one hope to avoid the catastrophic consequences of foolish changes.
The true agent of change on the earth is the New Testament church. This supernaturally-transformed body of believers, changed by faith in a living Lord, must define and demonstrate life as it should be lived. Not only has Jesus Christ set the example through His life and died to make it available, He has also sent another of the same kind (the Holy Spirit) to enable us to live what He taught.
The church was never meant to be a political power base. Scripture makes it clear that "it's not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit" that necessary change is accomplished. If ever the church believes we can boast in our numbers and simply outvote the opposition to bring change, we are deceived.
True change is the result of a personal spiritual encounter that brings about a new beginning, with new purpose and new direction. We are to be controlled and compelled by love, living with genuine concern for the wellbeing of others, freely sharing the life we fully experience. If Christians will begin by loving one another, then caring for others and demonstrating the powerful effect of our faith, people will be magnetically drawn to the One who is lifted up for all to see. The church was never intended to be a politically polarizing force. The church is to be a light, dispersing the darkness and enabling people to see truth and the way to live. Committed Christians will be good citizens and vote according to their convictions. Failure to vote or a foolish, uninformed vote will prove costly. Wise believers will always support foundational principles.
Government will be rightly changed by changed people living rightly. Our nation was established upon the beliefs of people who had been changed and affected by the power of the truth in the Bible. Good government can only be established and maintained by people capable of governing themselves. Out-of-control people invite an ever-intrusive, overpowering system of government. Politicians can talk about change all they want, but positive change will only come when people have heard the truth, seen it demonstrated and allowed it to have a profound effect on their own lives.
I am for change -- the change God promises if we will allow His Word to rule in our lives. The problems we face as a nation will only be solved when His kind of change occurs in each of us as individuals. When the population is changed one life at a time, the effect of this change will affect the much-needed change in government.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.