What is the Church’s Role in Societal Issues?
April 3, 2018

I posed this question to the church board at our March meeting.  We didn’t spend a whole lot of time on this, but in general we agreed that the church should be addressing social issues in some way. Now, I’m taking it to you.  What is the church’s role in societal issues?  After all, you might not be aware of this, but the official name of New Guilford’s mission’s board is “Board of Missions and Social Concerns.” Part of the purpose of this board is, “To educate and sensitize the congregation on appropriate social concerns.”  We could do better with addressing this.

I firmly believe Jesus Christ is the answer for all our social ills and as believers we need to address these matters from a biblical world view.  So, what is a biblical world view?  Exploring this is where we need to start. Our next series will set the frame work from which we should address difficult issues. We will do this by looking at things such as a biblical world view, different Christian approaches toward culture and identifying some key terms and principles that need to be clearly defined.  For instance we often say, “Love the sinner and hate the sin”. What does that really look like? There are a lot of terms that are thrown around like tolerance, acceptance and equality.  What do these terms mean to us?

Once we set the framework then we can look at several topics like homosexuality, racism and the drug epidemic.  I mentioned three possibilities, but here is where I would like your input. What three contemporary social issues would you like to be addressed?  Pick up a form from the table in the Narthex and return it by April 15th.  I’m looking forward to addressing these topics together as a church family. We are not going to all agree over every matter, but we can find common ground by embracing a biblical worldview.