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Did the church in Acts focus on political change?

Acts 3-4

In Acts 3-4, Paul and John heal a lame beggar and soon after 5,000 come to believe. The priests and the Sadducees try to find a way to punish them and continue to plot against them. So Peter and John get together with other believers and pray in such a way that the place is shaken. Let’s look at this prayer.

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’
— for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:25–31, ESV)

They recognize that the current leadership is set there by God, predestined according to his plan. They didn’t focus their prayers on asking God to change the current leaders and put more Christian friendly leaders in their place. They focused their prayers on perseverance and continued boldness. They prayed for God to continue to heal people and make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals.

We have a different political climate today. We can vote and change those who are in office. But at the same time, the individuals that are voting today have mostly made up their minds because we are who we are. The real meaningful change is going to happen in the minds of hearts of individuals. The type of change Christians should seek is one where people are spiritually freed from bondage to sin and death, receiving grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

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