As Christians, we are charged with lighting the world and salting the culture and we must push back against the moral and spiritual decay that surrounds us.

How will you impact your family, your church, your community, your country this year?

As America continues to “slouch toward Gomorrah,” (as Judge Robert Bork so famously penned), it is easy to see political and social activism as the quick fix to our culture’s social and spiritual ills. Many think that if we can just elect the right candidates, who in turn will enact the right laws, we can “save America.”

What do you think? Has God called you to be a culture warrior or a witness of the Gospel? Is there a radical difference?

Due to the explosive political atmosphere in our country, perhaps you, too, have been tempted to focus on political solutions to reverse the decay that is eroding the moral and spiritual foundation of our nation. I can certainly relate.

But here’s the challenge: we must never lose sight of our ultimate goal in standing up against unrighteousness — to shine bright the light of the gospel in this increasingly dark world. God has not called us to save our country. Instead, He has commanded us to save those who are living in our country from His coming judgment.

The fact is, outlawing same-sex marriages, reducing the number of abortions performed each year, or displaying the Ten Commandments in every classroom in America will not increase the eventual population of heaven by one solitary person — apart from the proclamation of the Gospel.

However, don’t confuse balance with passivity.

Being salt and light is not an “either/or” proposition. As Christians, we must be both.

Why? Because Scripture is clear: our action — as well as our inaction — has real consequences. By pushing back against the moral and spiritual decay in our culture, we can delay the collapse of our country.

Consider the prophet Jonah’s activities in the wicked city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. Through the preaching of this reluctant prophet, many of the city’s residents repented of their evil wickedness. And how did God respond?

Jonah 3:10 plainly tells us that God had planned to rain down judgment upon the residents of Nineveh. However, because they turned away from sin, God postponed His destruction of the city, which eventually did collapse in 612 BC.

What was the catalyst for the Ninevites’ change of heart … that led to God’s change of mind? The actions of one man named Jonah.

So here’s the takeaway: believers can make a difference in their world by faithfully pointing people to the hope of Jesus Christ. Our unswerving commitment to the truth of God’s Word will be more important than ever before when it comes to answering the question, “How will YOU will impact your family, your church, your community, your country this year.”