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There are two major goals of the Mission Harvest Newsletter:
1. To inspire and empower people to pray.
2. To give people a vision for Biblical social architecture.
The two areas that I believe will have the greatest impact for promoting good is prayer and building a biblical social architecture in society. If I were to have to decide which is the most important, I would choose prayer. Prayer is the most powerful method to effect change in the world. Prayer puts the omnipotence of God to work in the affairs of men. There is nothing more important to the future of society than prayer.
I absolutely believe that society can be changed for the good. I suggest that what it will take is a grassroots value shift among citizens. This is because our actions always naturally express what we truly value. One of the values that needs restored in our generation is the fear of God. If men feared God, it would have a radical impact upon every area of life including business and politics. As it says in Scripture:
"And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil." (Proverbs 16:6b, NKJV)
"… and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin."" (Exodus 20:20b, NKJV)
If politicians feared God they would not take bribes or pervert justice. If businessmen feared the Lord they would not use their position for exploitation. If husbands feared the Lord they would not cheat on the wives. (The list could go on ad infinitum.) This is just one example of how a grassroots value shift could have a revolutionary impact on society.
One of the best ways to describe why is to look at scripture:
"He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' "Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.' "So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light." (Luke 16:1-8, NKJV)
There are many lessons in this passage that relate directly to why I chose to send out the Newsletter in the fashion that I did, including:
1. The master appointed the steward, so his reputation as well as the management of his house was on the line.
2. The master knew that he made the right choice, even though it appeared at first to be the wrong choice.
3. The steward began irresponsible and became responsible with regard to his stewardship.
4. A crisis was the motivation for the steward's transformation.
5. The master commended the steward for how he acted because the steward was now demonstrating the qualities for which the master originally appointed him.
6. The implication is that children of the world are often more diligent and resourceful in accomplishing their goals than kingdom minded people.
7. Our society desperately needs the sons of light to become far shrewder in how we promote righteousness and fight evil.
In many ways this is how I view what is going on in society today. Jesus has called believers to be salt and light, in other words, to be those who promote righteousness and fight against evil. The mission of the kingdom is far more than calling people to religious faith, even though that is a major part of it. The forgiveness of sins and eternal life because of what Jesus did on the cross is absolutely central to Biblical religion, yet the implications of Biblical faith are far broader than that. In many ways, the church has been appointed to this task, and it seems like we are failing just like the steward did in the parable.
The master knew that he made the right choice, but in order to prove it, he caused a crisis in the steward's life. This crisis activated the steward's shrewdness and thus exhibited the very quality which the master was looking for. The point of the parable seems to be a call to disciples to be shrewd about the mission of the kingdom.
In the same way today, we are seeing all kinds of economic, political, social and moral crisis. If there was ever a time when disciples need to be shrewd in promoting righteousness it is now. This is why I chose to send out the email in the fashion that I have. The hope is that it will be a blessing and encouragement to some of the recipients in a fashion that activates them in a greater way to influence society for good.
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