One of the things we try to reinforce to the kids every week is that they are called to change the world around them for the better as they follow Christ. It’s encouraging to talk with more and more children’s ministry people who are doing the same all over the place.
I remember growing up and hearing the mantra that the world is just gonna get worse and worse until Jesus comes back and then it’s all gonna be destroyed and we’ll get to go to heaven. Living with that mindset allows you the excuse to not waste much time in helping people or improving society… we have to focus on winning people to Christ because it’s all going to burn!
What’s missing from this worldview is that we are told to pray, “Thy Kingdom come ON EARTH as it is in heaven.” We are told to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and free the oppressed. We are told to care for the widows and the orphans. The second part of the greatest command is to love your neighbor as you love yourself.
As we look through scripture, yes, we are told to make disciples but there are more admonitions to care for those in need. We need to do both. Simply saying, “We live in a fallen world,” focusing on being a “better Chrisitan” and turning a blind eye makes us no better than the religious leaders who left the man to die in the parable of the Good Samaritan.