This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t find your “backyard mission” and serve with compassion and we should be politically involved. Dr. Michael Horton in The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World reminds us of the mindset that it is enough for the Church to just meet physical needs or just be involved in the political process.
…the Great Commission is not the Great Cultural Mandate, and the kingdom of Christ cannot be identified with any of the kingdoms of this age. The troubles of the secular city, in which the church shares and to which it sometimes contributes, are important matters to be addressed by believer and unbeliever alike, but they are symptoms of a more serious crisis: the reign of death and hell. If we could resolve our top ten crisis in the world today, we would still have the devil on our back, sin mastering our heart, and everlasting death as the penalty for our mutiny.
As a minister, I am called regularly by God to make a political speech. A deeply partisan political speech. However, it is not to rally the troops in defense of Christendom against the infidels of various sorts. It divides not between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, but between Christ and Antichrist. As heralds and ambassadors of the age to come, we are given the commission to go into all the world with the announcement that Jesus Christ is Lord and King, the only Sovereign who holds the keys of death and hell; who opens and no one can shut, who shuts and no one can open. It is he alone who will rid the world of evil by his wisdom and might, subduing chaos and leading his own into the place that even now he is preparing for them, (pg. 164).
We are called to something far greater that has eternal implications.
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