How do we fix our broken world? This question is on the minds of most Christians today.
The answer is not simple or we would have already done it. God’s Word clearly tells us how to do it. Is our “simple plan” for saving the souls of men working to fix our world? The answer is a spiritual one. Do we have the wrong idea of just how things get fixed?
— Luke 22:42
— Hebrews 5:8
Great leaders and good governments get much of the credit for major advancements in any society. The truth is–any lasting change starts from the bottom. It does not start at the top. We keep looking for that one person or that one great revival that will fix things and put America back on track. Something that is broken doesn’t get fixed that way.
Things are fixed one piece at a time, with painstaking obedience, changing one heart at a time.
We wrongly view salvation in Christ the same way. We believe one real and sincere salvation experience changes everything. It does not! It is only the beginning of a lifetime of changing. A continued “good work” of God’s Spirit transforms the heart of a man into the likeness of His Son Jesus Christ. Changing a broken heart works the same way as changing a broken world. It happens one piece at a time.
Martin Luther King Jr. was the face of the Civil Rights movement. I don’t want to diminish the “good work” that God did through him in any way, but it was the work of the many on the bottom that changed the hearts of Americans. It was people like Rosa Parks, the freedom riders, and some school children who stood in non-violent protest of racial inequality.
— John 15:1-2
Because of the good work God did through them, a good leader in Dr. King was raised up and became the voice of a righteous movement. It was believed by righteous people and born of a righteous God.
One by one they changed the hearts and minds of Americans to support their righteous cause. It will take that kind of “good work” powered by the Spirit of Christ to fix our broken world. As God’s people submit themselves to suffering for the cause of Christ, obedience to God will be learned and shared with others. As we walk with Christ living a life of submission to God’s will, we will share the gospel that has the power to give life to those who are dead. Then, we will see our world start to change.
As God’s people become more obedient in bearing good fruit, the good fruit will then bear even more good fruit. This is how the early church grew and began to thrive–God’s people heard the Word of the Lord and obeyed it. Leaders will then be raised up to lead us righteously as Dr. King did. The leaders we presently have seem only to seek their own gain at the expense of those on the bottom.
Our broken world needs obedient soldiers of the cross sowing seeds in the bottom soil. Those seeds will grow.
Obedience will only come through much suffering as obedience is learned and we are perfected in Christ. As long as we deny that suffering is necessary, there will be little obedience. With little obedience, you end up where we are in America. We are broken!
What seeds are you sowing to fix our broken world?
For Every heart that is broken
And it doesn’t utter a sound
For every dream that is stolen
And hope that is lost can’t be found
When calm waters begin to rage
And when our ground begins to quake
When all we see fails you and me
And strong towers fall like a tree
He is there to pick us up
When we fall without a sound
He is there to lift us up
When we are sinking and about to drown
Love knows … when we’ve lost our way
Love knows … when the pain comes to stay
Love knows … we are poor in spirit
Love knows … just how He will mend it
Love always knows
He was there … when we tried it on our own
He was there … when no love for Him was shown
He is here … now that we are at our end
He is here … our broken hearts He can mend
His Love ever grows
His Love ever shows
His Love helps us know
That His Love always knows
Artwork by Kathie Luther