When we ask the question; “what is our role as believers within the society around us,” two extremes arise:
One is of just sharing the gospel and praying, but having no real practical influence on the society at large.
The other extreme says that we are to take dominion over every sphere of society now.
Our view is in between these two:
- We are first called to pray, preach, disciple and build congregations
- We are not called as ecclesiastical organizations to take control over governmental institutions
- We are called to influence the society around us with biblical moral values
In Yeshua’s words we are to be “salt” and “light.” We are to “pursue justice and righteousness.” At the 7th Trumpet we find the final revelation that “the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord… (Revelation 11:15).” There is no total dominion until Yeshua returns; however, we are to have as much positive influence as possible until then.
Moral example is more personal and individual; while social justice is to come from the influence of the local congregation.
What would be moral example?
- The boss at work knowing that you will not steal money
- Your friends knowing that you will not lie
- Your neighbors wife knowing that you will not try to commit adultery
- In general being a living example of the life of Yeshua and not only talking about Him
What would be social justice issues?
- Helping the poor and needy, through educational, medical and charitable institutions
- Supporting righteous legislation, leaders and candidates for government offices
- Protecting the society from pornography, child abuse, human trafficking, etc.
- Supporting police, judges and soldiers to fight crime, terrorism, and corruption
- In general bringing values of the kingdom of God into our society
As believers we are called to both; moral example and social justice, seeking to have as much impact in our society for Yeshua’s glory before He returns.
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, May 19, 2016, and reposted with permission.