I've been thinking a bit (A dangerous past time, I know). I think there are alot of Christians who are focused on the wrong things. Im not saying all, or even most. But there is a substantial group that seems to think the way to change things is by changing the laws. Example, the abortion laws. Id love to see the day when abortion was outlawed. but is that going to solve the abortion problem? Sadly, no. The only way to solve the abortion problem is to convince people to stop having abortions whether its illegal or not. We need to work harder to win the hearts and minds of the people who are chosing to engage in activities. Changing the laws wont help if the people are going to disregard the law. We cannot save our nation, our people, through the law. It's just not possible. And if we accomplish what our real goals should be, then we wont need to pass a law because everyone will flee abortion without it. (Please keep in mind, I am not trying to have a discussion on abortion. Abortion is merely the example I am using to illustrate the underlying principle. So let's focus on that). One of the quotes on my signature is one I think is very important: The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature." And it makes me ask, are we doing Christs work by helping Him change men? or are we trying to do things the way of the world and trying to change the environment so that men will change. I believe there is power in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that Christ has invited us to come to know Him for a reason. And that reason includes working on His behalf in this world. Not for our salvation, but to make life better for our fellow man and our posterity. To build His kingdom on the earth. And I think we live far below the power we are capable of for several reasons: 1) Pride blinds us to what is possible and what needs to be done because we falsely assume we are doing what we can already or that its someone elses job. 2) Fear keeps us from doing what we know is right. 3) Jealousy/envy keep us from doing what we are supposed to because we covet what others have instead of accepting that God might have a better plan for us than what we do. 4) Ignorance keeps us from doing things because we have good intentions but dont know what to do because we ask not and dont listen when God speaks. There are others. but I think those are some off the top of my head. The point is I dont think alot of people are coming to Christ because we are focused on the wrong objective. Instead of bringing people to Christ so that men may learn the principles of self government and how do do good in this world. We are trying to force people to see and experience good in order to hopefully bring them to Christ. (At least i hope thats the reasoning, it could simply be to obtain power at the expense of others). Its like people have no faith in God. (And believe me, I am including myself in this). We say we will believe God up to a certain point and we will go no further and wonder why God hasnt poured out countless blessings He has prepared for us upon us or given us power to convince others of His Atonement. The question is, will people rise up and do the work that we need to get done? or will we simply try to take the easy way out.