Nothing is automatic.
The Church and Society flow in parallel to each other.
If society is going downhill, it is because the church is not doing its
job. It has stopped being salt and light for the world.
Many Christians believe that God can change this situation by sending
traumatic judgments against society. If God hits society hard enough with
earthquakes, hurricanes, and economic collapse, society will repent and be
turned around. However, unless the church is changed, shaking society
achieves nothing. It will just carry on downhill, because it does not know
If the church has copied society, it will be shaken too, and may even
Many Christians assume God is going to transform the world with storms,
earthquakes and famines. We have had just had a bad earthquake. Some
people are forecasting a stronger quake soon, unless people repent. Where
there have been hurricanes, they are predicting worse hurricanes until
people repent. These people do not understand how God works.
God does not transform society by whacking it with a stick. He does not
change society by belting it harder and harder, over and over again. That
just makes it sour.
To change society, God must begin by transforming his church. Then when
he shakes society, his revitalised church can be salt and light and begin
to impact society and shape it into a new direction.
Repentance comes from hearing the gospel of grace. Faith is a fruit of
the Spirit. Only people can share the gospel. The Holy Spirit is carried
in the hearts of believers. He can only get to the hearts of unbelievers,
if his people are carrying him into their midst.
God can only transform society through a living body that carries the
Holy Spirit, as he is works in society. Until he gets a body that is up to
the task, he will not waste time shaking society.
Reaping What We Sow
That does not mean that world will not see more earthquakes and other
disasters. When a society turns away from God, it eventually loses his
blessing and protection. However, there is an interim period, where peace
and prosperity continues, based on a backlog of faith from the faith of
previous generations. Unfortnately, that legacy of blessing eventually
runs out, and we begin to experience what our lack of faith deserves.
When God withdraws his protection, the enemy is free to do his stuff,
and it is not nice. This is what we are seeing now in many parts of the
Western world. Storms and earthquakes, wars and crashes are not Godís
tools to change society. They are evidence that we have given evil a free
hand in our society.