For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6 KJV)
Since my last post, another deadly shooting has occurred in a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee. Here is one story that tells not only of the shooting and the perpetrator but also of two heroes who sacrificed to protect others in the chaos.
The human spirit is very strong, allowing individuals to do both extreme good and evil. When the human spirit is elevated to being sufficient on its own for moral decision-making, it’s called humanism.
There is only one spirit that is sufficient for guidance in making moral decisions- the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is God in action (Gen. 1:1-3). There are 3 ways the Holy Spirit acts in social change:
– Upon groups, movements, and governments of man to change decisions detrimental to society (Gen. 11:1-9).
– Upon individual lives to change decisions that impact society (Acts 9:1-5).
– Filling individual lives to create people with a spiritual mind that leads them to seek “life and peace” (Rom. 8:6).
America as a society has sought to have a national life that is pleasing to the Holy Spirit, though the religious beliefs of its people are very diverse. And America has been blessed for that because it pleases God. Future posts will address how this has been the case in spite of several major injustices throughout America’s history.
Individuals, with whom true social change lies, can seek to uphold values and principles that please God and thus lead to blessings and positive change.
As for me, I seek to see that which was expressed by the Apostle: “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting,”(1 Timothy 2:8). That’s the most powerful social change.