Reforms are needed. Thank God slavery has been abolished and the Jim Crow laws have been done away with. Yet most of us will agree that there is much more reform needed in our fallen world.
Yet there is something much greater and more powerful than reformation - it is TRANSFORMATION!
THE MASTER OF TRANSFORMATION!
Jesus was not a reformer. He was a transformer! He changed people from the inside out. He did not work in the political system as many had hoped. Yet no one has transformed the world for good as Jesus has! Transformation brings the most reform. Jesus even brought Jews and Gentiles together!
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?
Unless a heart is changed, all the laws in the world will not fundamentally change the world.
In 2013, there were an estimated 15,000 to 50,000 federal laws. Get it. We don't even know how many there are. There are hate crime laws, equality laws, fairness laws, etc.
Yet we find ourselves in great conflict in the US.
Why? Because WE NEED JESUS!
If our hope is that electing the right person will fix things, we are sadly mistaken. We have turned away from the one person who we should make King. It's not Donald Trump or Joe Biden. IT IS JESUS! The corruption and sins of many (or most?) of our leaders in both parties and that is the weakness of trusting in man. There is only One who never sinned and He alone is worthy to rule!
Our country has not sought God as a nation. Instead we have embraced and glorified sin and rejected God's infinitely wise counsel.
It is not wrong to proceed with seeking to change our country by voting or through political means. But our only real hope is to once again turn to God.
There is no institution which exercises and demonstrates racial equality then the true church of Jesus Christ.
I do not refer to every organization that calls itself a church. Many evils have been wrought by Satan to discredit the name of Christ. I refer to that universal hidden church in which its members have been genuinely born again.
Why? Not because its members have not been indoctrinated or reformed - but because they have been transformed by the blood of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God.
How desperately our nation needs such a transformation. We know that not all will come to Christ. But the more who do, the more momentum we will build for a genuine transformation rather than mere reforms.
Laws are like a child who is told by his teacher to stop standing and go sit in a corner. He is forced to comply but he says in his heart, "I'm still standing in my heart." The force of laws may cause some of us to comply but sin will continue to seethe in our hearts until it bursts forth in some form of manifestation unless we are transformed!
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
"...Sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
We can and should work toward reform but our nation needs the true transformation that comes from God alone! Let us crown Jesus anew in our hearts and seek Him as the real answer!