We spend an inordinate amount of time bemoaning the evils of our day. Each day brings a new political and social organization whose primary focus is to turn our country toward “Christianity.” There is a sense that the world has never been worse than is right now.
Nearly 60 years ago C. S. Lewis said:
“The practical problem of Christian politics is not that of drawing up schemes for a Christian society, but that of living as innocently as we can with unbelieving fellow-subjects under unbelieving rulers who will never be perfectly wise and good and who will sometimes be very wicked and very foolish.”
The problem then and now is not that the society is a failure, but that individuals fail to see the role of innocence in their lives. Innocence means believing and doing the “red letter” words of the Bible, and accepting that they are the words of Jesus.
- Innocence is turning the other cheek even when we have the advantage.
- Innocence is trusting in people that are not saints.
- Innocence is giving a second chance, and the second, second chance.
- Innocence is going one more mile for someone who doesn’t deserve it.
- Innocence is believing that God will win in the end, and we don’t have to make it happen.
When we can embody these principles and more, we become world changers. Our lives and our influence become a great factor in the lives of others. Therefore, by our practice many others are led to a knowledge of the love of God and the reality of Jesus as Savior of the world.