Don’t Try to Change the World

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A message to my fellow evangelicals from University of Virginia scholar James Davison Hunter‘s To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World:

Any good that is generated by Christians is only the net effect of caring for something more than the good created.  If there are benevolent consequences of our engagement with the world, in other words, it is precisely because it is NOT rooted in a desire to change the world for the better but rather because it is an expression of a desire to honor the creator of all goodness, beauty, and truth, a manifestation of our loving obedience to God, and our fulfillment of God’s command to love our neighbor.”