Why Radical Reform Fails


Have you ever traded glasses with someone? What did the world look like when you viewed it through their lenses? Each one of us has a lens through which we view life in the world around us. It’s called our worldview. It’s the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the big picture that directs our daily decisions and actions. It’s the framework to understanding existence.  It’s our structure to place all that happens. Everyone has a worldview – from the aborigine to the college professor.

Proverbs 23:7 says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. We are what we think. Our actions are determined by our values and our values spring out of our beliefs. We can’t see someone’s beliefs or the values which result. What we do see is their actions. From these actions, we can determine the values and the beliefs behind them.

If someone believes a fetus is not a life, their value then is that it’s OK to end its development. Their actions then are seen by their support of abortion. On the other hand, if the Bible is our absolute, then the Bible’s values will be our values and our actions will be based on them. Our actions will be Christ-like.  An unborn baby is a life and not to be terminated.

Instead of evaluating people’s actions, or even their values, we need to look at their beliefs.   As we try to make sense out of the many new philosophies and movements around us, we must look at the basic beliefs, not the resulting actions. We must understand the worldview behind the belief in order to understand what they are doing and why they are doing it.

There are three tests for a worldview, three questions that every person and every belief system need to have answered. 1: Who am I?  2. What is my problem?  3. What is my solution?

The Bible answers the question of who we are by saying that we are created in God’s image. Our problem is sin. Our only solution is redemption in Jesus.

Those who reject the Bible as their authority say that who we are is a result of chance, just like all the other animals. Since there is no god, there is no absolute standard of right or wrong, and there can be no sin. Thus, the problem for mankind today is our society. They see the solution as changing society, removing what they don’t like to make better living conditions which will solve all man’s problems.

Now let’s apply that to the social and racial problems our country is facing. Critical Social Justice (CSJ) seeks to reform our society by replacing democracy with Marxism. Since they believe that the end justifies the means, whatever it takes to destroy capitalism is okay. For example, don’t reform the police, defund and remove them.  Don’t try to improve our society, destroy it and replace it.

Some who want racial reform say the solution is making more and stronger laws and then enforcing them. However, culture can’t be changed by new laws or by replacing democracy with Marxism. The problem is not in the conditions around us, but in man’s own heart. It is sin within, not circumstances without that need to change.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “There is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.” Isaiah 64:6 says “All of us have become like one who is unclean and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment.” Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can cure it?”  God’s Word says our problem is sin within man.

Are we to believe God’s evaluation of the problem or men’s? We know man can’t change himself, yet many times we try to remake ourselves.  We want to improve so we are better people. While that is good, and to some extent we can use our free will to make better choices, real lasting change only comes from within by God’s spirit.  If sin is the problem in the world today, it is also the main problem in your life and mine.  And the only solution is Jesus.

Do you try to change other’s actions and behavior? What can you do to help others change their heart? How can you change your own heart to be more like God wants you to be?


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