Yesterday I read the following on a blog called CrookedBush.com that I found through Amy's blog. I could not have said it better.
"The ideology of the Left believes big government and social reform will solve social ills, while the Right believes big business and economic growth will do it. The Left expects a citizen to be held legally accountable for the use of his wealth, but totally autonomous in other areas, such as sexual morality. The right expects a citizen to be held legally accountable in areas of personal morality, but totally autonomous in the use of wealth. The North American “idol”—radical individualism—lies beneath both idealogies. A Christian sees either “solution” as fundamentally humanistic and simplistic.
The causes of our worsening social problems are far more complex than either the secularists of the Right or Left understand. We wrestle not with flesh and blood, but with powers and principalities! We have seen there is great social injustice— racial prejudice, greed, avarice— by those with the greatest wealth in the country (and sadly, within the evangelical church itself). At the same time, there is a general breadown of order— of the family and the morals of the nation. There is more premarital sex (and thus there are more unwed mothers), more divorce, child neglect and abuse, more crime. Neither a simple redistribution of wealth nor simple economic growth and prosperity can mend broken familes; nor can they turn low-skilled mothers into engineers or technicians.
Only the ministry of the church of Jesus Christ, and the millions of “mini-churches” (Christian homes) through the country can attack the roots of social problems. Only the church can minister to the whole person. Only the gospel understands that sin has ruined us both inidividually and socially. We cannot be viewed inidividualistically (as the capitalists do) or collectivistically (as the Communists do) but as related to God. Only Christians, armed with the Word and Spirit, planning and working to spread the kingdom and righteousness of Christ, can transform a nation as well as a neighborhood as well as a broken heart. That is what the rest of this book is about."
From the book Ministries of Mercy from this guy Jason Silver.
While you know I do lean to the Right, I do believe the real answer to the world's problems is Jesus Christ and His message. I wish the church did more to help. I know people fear the intrusion of Christianity into our government, but we really do want to help people. We really do love people. I know alot of people think faith should be only personal, totally internalized and kept to oneself...but when you believe as I do that there is news this good, this healing, this joyful, you can't help but share it with those you love. I only wish I had the guts to share it more.