July 24, 2012
Recently, World Magazine founder Joel Belz asked readers these questions: "If you could identify just one issue that is terribly askew in our culture today, and then were granted as a gift from God the ability to set that one issue right, what would it be? What specific cultural victory, if we could win it, would provide the most leverage to produce a society that is closer to the cultural blueprint God has designed for us?"
Here is Joel's analysis of the many comments sent to him, in order of the number of responses received:
1. The secularization of our society--led by the rejection of a Creator God and the dominance of evolutionary thinking.
2. Loss of the distinctive identities of men and women, leading to a loss of understanding of marriage and family.
4. Loss of the tools to educate and shape the rising generation.
5. Sense of entitlement, selfishness, and complacency.
6. Loss of a defined dominant culture, with attendant culture wars.
7. Loss of specific freedoms.
8. Loss of honest and civil public discourse.
9. Obsession with sex.
This list demonstrates the seriousness with which at least a part of the Evangelical community (which composes most of World's readership) takes the reality of cultural decay in our time. The good news is that many Evangelicals are involved in activities to bring the fragrance of Christ to our society and its politics. They know that pathologies and problems are more than statistics, lines on a chart or multi-colored graphs. They are composed of real people - men, women, and children with names and needs, hopes and hurts. From ultrasound vans to rescuing young people trapped in sexual slavery, Evangelicals are working - usually quietly, without fanfare or media attention - to show the love of their Savior with tangible compassion.
Evangelicals and Catholics are ministering in myriad ways to untold numbers of people throughout our society. FRC's Real Compassion website provides links to both the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and Catholic Charities sites. In each of them, you can find creative and effective ministries - national, regional, and local - through which you can make a difference in combating the very things World's readers rightly have discerned as crying needs.