Over the years we have been involved in numerous discussions with unbelievers. Most of the time in those discussions, the unbeliever turns to criticizing the Christian and stating how bad the Christian faith is and how terrible its rules. They go on to point out that the Christian faith is exclusive and discrimiates against others- mostly to the LGBTQ crowd. They do not finish with those accusations but continue on till they get to the point where they demand that the Christian faith needs to be removed from society so that the goals of the unbeliever, lower crime rates, less violence, less discrimination, better education and so on, can be reached.
This goes on until a believer points out that the reason for the lower educational levels, the hgh crime rates, the discrimination and do on are the result of the unbeliever turning their backs on God and ignoring his instructions. The unbeliever usually denies this truth. Then when the believer points out that the unbeliever has been in charge of government, in charge of the law enforcement agencies, in charge of education for over 200 years (In America and longer in other countries). Or that the high crime rate, lack of education in students etc., is the result of the policies of the unbeliever and have nothing to do with the Christian faith, they get really upset.
The unbeliever refuses to take responsibility for their failures and try to point the finger at other causes or demand that the Bible, God and biblical instruction be kept from all aspects of life. God, The unbeliever is trying to throw out the very thing that will bring them what they want and strive for. God wants his creation to be educated; he wants them to love one another and not be violent towards each other; God hates crime and has given instructions on how to curb it. God also hates sin and has given his instructions on how to avoid it. The word would be at peace, be properly educated, live in almost a paradise and so on if all people listened to God.
In other words, what we are saying is that those people who do not follow God, and this includes those who claim to be Christian, are responsible for the mess of the world. It is not God, it is not the Bible, it is not biblical instuction nor is it the Christian faith that has caused these problems. The most successful educational policy in recent decades has been the dumbing down of people. Hitler practiced it, Western nations practice it, as do so many others, but dumbing down is not a biblical instruction nor is it of God.
Allowing sin and evil to be called good and natural is not something that is from God either. Homosexuality, transgender practices, corruption, bad business practices and much more do not have their source in the Christian faith or the Bible. Their source is in evil, who has set out to deceive anyone who will listen to them.
Everything the unbeliever wants is found in scriptures and God yet they are too proud, too arrogant, to hate-filled to humble themselves and accept God’s alternative. They are also very deceived which is why they falsely accuse God, the bible and Christian faith.
It is because of this condition that we encourage believers to spend more time praying for their unsaved friends, relatives and neighbors. These people are not the enemy of the believer. They are unwitting tools used by the real enemy, evil, to inflict as much pain and suffering on the believer as possible. We cannot look upon them as our enemy but people who are still trapped in the sin that we have been freed.
To make a better impact in this world for God before it is too late, we need to change our perspective a little. And pray that God will free the unbeliever from what blinds them to the truth. God and the Christian faith are not the cause of the world’s problems. It is the rejection of those two and the following of alternatives that ruin civilizations.
But before we do all of that, we need to pray and have the beams removed from our eyes so that we can see clearly how to address the problems that afflict the world. Change start with us.