Reasons Not to Get Involved
from What If You Got Involved? Taking a Stand Against Social
Injustice by Graham Gordon, Paternoster Press, 2003, p. 3-16) Click
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1. It is a
distraction from evangelism and therefore not a priority
It is true that God wants
everyone to be saved. God wants everyone to recognise his or her
need for him and enter into a relationship with him. Only in God can
anyone find their true identity and purpose in this life, and
receive eternal life. The church must preach this as its priority.
However, God does not split people into physical, emotional, or
spiritual parts but treats people as whole human beings. ...
Jesus was not political so we should not be either. ...
If politics is about the
use of power at all levels of society to bring
about change, then Jesus was certainly political Although he was not
a member of any political party an did not hold any official
position of power, Jesus challenge the corruption, hypocrisy and
injustice in Jewish society. ...
3. Romans 13 tells
us we need to obey the state so we cannot criticize their actions
Government is good and a
part of God’s plan. However creation, human beings and government
are now affected by sin. Although government still has a role, it is
limited because of its fallen state. ...
4. There are two
kingdoms — the kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world. As
Christians we live in the kingdom of God and that is our focus
It is true that there are
two kingdoms but as Christians we belong to the kingdom of God and
we live in the kingdom of this world. Our citizenship is of heaven
(Phil. 3:20). That is our home and to where we owe our primary
allegiance. However, we are also citizens of the earth and we have
responsibility to our fellow citizens (Jn. 17:13—19).
5. Injustice is part
of the way things are. The world will get worse until Jesus returns
and will then be destroyed
The physical universe is
not destined for destruction but for renewal (Mt. 19:28; Acts 3:21;
Rom. 8:19—21). The world we live in is not evil, but is fallen and
will be redeemed. ...
6. It is a spiritual
battle and therefore spiritual warfare is the answer
We are engaged in a
spiritual battle and prayer is a vital weapon in our fight against
injustice. ... However, we are also called to take action. We are
called to be salt and light (Mt. 5:13—16), which means
becoming involved in society to bring about change and also speaking
out and showing society the truth.
7. Politics is a
dirty game and will compromise those who are involved
Political involvement is much wider than just being elected to
political office. Political activity involves engaging at all levels
of society to bring about change, and to bring a society more in
line with God's will. ...
8. It is all too complicated and I won't be
able to make a difference. ...
It is true that in an
increasingly interconnected world, not only are we more aware of
problems that exist, but the problems seem to be more complicated.
However, instead of trying to understand and solve everything at
once, it is good to start with a manageable task. First, pray that
God will guide you in how to become involved. ...
9. It is too risky
Standing up for justice can
be dangerous, especially when standing against people or systems
that are abusing their power. Any decision to become involved should
not be taken lightly. In such situations you are unlikely to be able
to remove all risk, but will be able to reduce it. ...
10. To be honest, I
have too many problems of my own and not enough time ...
Some people’s lives are
more difficult than others. We all have different responsibilities
in our lives, and some people seem to have very little free time
after fulfilling these. Each situation is different, but I would
offer three possible lines of action.