It's hard not to feel that the world's coming apart at the seams. Responding to the darkness can feel overwhelming. The good news is that responding to the darkness isn't necessarily our job. The response to darkness was settled long ago on Calvary. Our job now is to share the message of the Gospel and lead quiet lives among those blinded by sin.
To the early Christians in the Macedonian port city of Thessalonica -- Christians under direct persecution and facing the added pressures of paganism and potential tyranny -- Paul did not say, "Be sure to trumpet your opinions about the overseeing government and the local politarchs so that your neighbors know where you stand politically and socially on every issue. Push back against the culture!"
Instead, he wrote this:
About brotherly love: You don’t need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.
I submit that if our family and friends hear more about our politics and social opinions than they do about the Gospel, we have our priorities upside-down.
That's not to say that there won't be overlap -- after all, our beliefs influence our behavior, and our behavior is our theology in action. It's also not to say that Christians should not participate in public debate or the free exchange of ideas; however, our communication must be rooted in deeper truth.
We must allow the Gospel to penetrate the core of human need. The Gospel may be foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God. Only the Spirit of God working through the Word of God can change hearts and lives.
The Gospel is our main message, and we need to stay on point.