The most powerful social change ever is… individual change.
Lots of individual changes=social change… For better or worse.
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:4, 5 KJV)
The most powerful social change agent is… the power of the Holy Spirit.
Two high-profile mass murders have been in the news- shooters in Arizona and Colorado rocked the world with unthinkable acts of violence. We always wonder what it is that would allow someone to do such evil things. We also wonder how we might react if it was our loved one who did such a thing (check out the comments on this linked post.) The reasons we come up with are usually similar in every case:
Mental illness must have made him do it.
Exposure to violence or abuse must have enabled it.
Desire to do evil must have driven it.
One or all may be correct but let me say this- the human conscience is not strong enough on its own to restrain irresponsible, wrong, hurtful, or evil actions.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (Romans 7:18 KJV)
The Apostle Paul spelled out the problem before he affected the solution- if I’m nothing but flesh, without a God, I am going to do evil things. But if I have access to a source of absolute good, truth, and justice, I can be swayed to do what is right.
This is my premise- over the next few posts on this subject I want to further illustrate why individuals must experience spiritual change in order for society to change. I’d love your thoughts with each post!