Let the Spirit of Faith Arise for the Transformation of America by Michael L. Brown for Ask Dr Brown
We have already addressed the legal question of whether the overturning of Roecould lead to the overturning of Obergefell. And we have explained that the overturning of Roe by the Court was a matter of law, not a matter of faith. At the same time, from a spiritual perspective, the overturning of Roe was absolutely a matter of faith, which is why we thanked God for answers to prayer when the decision was released. From that perspective – the perspective of faith – where we do we go from here?
To be clear, I am not talking about Christians “taking over” the society. And I am nottalking about “dominionism” or establishing some kind of theocracy. I would oppose such a takeover on biblical, practical, and moral grounds.
That is not the plan of God in this age, and we would do more harm than good if we thought we could change America by taking over and imposing our will on the people. (I address these issues head-on in my forthcoming book The Political Seduction of the Church: How Millions of Americans Have Confused Politics with the Gospel.)
But there is no question that we are to be agents of change, shining light in dark places, confronting evil and injustice, helping the poor and the hurting, being a prophetic witness, praying and fasting and preaching and worshiping, bringing the presence of God into this dark and deceived world, and yes, ultimately helping to elect the best candidates for our communities.
In fact, the kind of change that we bring is the kind of change that can last, since it not accomplished by coercion or bloodshed or suppression or oppression. It is accomplished by liberation and enlightenment and inner transformation. It is accomplished by overcoming evil with good and overcoming lies with truth and overcoming hatred with love.
And because the change is spiritual first, then moral and cultural and political, it is accomplished by a supernatural faith that invigorates our works.
That’s why now is the opportune time to let our faith rise. What can we believe God for? What can we ask Him to do next? If He answered decades of prayer in the overturning of Roe, something that seemed so out of reach for so long, what other prayers will He answer?
Of course, the battle for life in America is far from over. To the contrary, the Court’s momentous decision simply pushed the abortion debate back to the individual states.
That means that, as pro-life believers, we certainly have our work cut out for us. There is so much we must do on a practical and education level, all while we continue to seek change on a spiritual level.
But with such a massive spiritual victory, it’s time for us to renew our faith and take hold of His promises afresh. It’s also time for us to judge ourselves rather than only judge the world. Perhaps some of the greatest, most dramatic changes could take place right in our own midst? Perhaps revival and reformation in the Church is the place we start, leading to awakening in the society?
Charles Spurgeon had this to say about William Wilberforce, the key Christian leader God used in England to outlaw slavery and the slave trade throughout the British Empire: