What Is the Forerunner’s End Goal

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It is difficult to effectively influence the culture if we refuse to engage in politics. Therefore, there must be a place for politics in a forerunner’s ministry, but we ought always to keep in mind that the political is merely symptomatic of our nation’s spiritual condition. Our politics only reflect what we truly believe; therefore, our primary goal should not be to change people’s political views. What we truly seek to change should be people’s understanding of our moral responsibility before God.

This task of bringing people’s thinking into conformity with God’s instructions is fundamentally a gospel mission (Matt. 28:18–20). Jesus did not confine our gospel message to a proclamation of His death, burial, and resurrection. Instead, we apply this proclamation. We declare the risen Jesus to be our rightful Lord who has the authority to determine how we ought to live our lives—both privately and publicly. Our warning and our call to respond in faith are both rooted in our gospel mission, and if we genuinely want to make a difference in our nation, then we must embrace Jesus’ commission to become God’s cultural influencers.

As such, the role of a forerunner is vital. Not only does a forerunner prepare people to stand before a holy God, but forerunners also create a ripple effect by producing more cultural influencers. If enough ripples are created by individuals, then community and national change will occur, and the hope of seeing nations fulfill their redemptive purpose of drawing the hearts of people back to God may be restored.

This article comes from Heart of a Forerunner: How to Be a Relevant and Influential Voice in a Wayward Nation

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Timothy Zebell

As a former missionary to Asia for twelve years and the author of several books, Timothy is passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God's Word in today's world. His goals are to help Christians discern truth from error, empower Christians to speak into cultural matters with relevancy, and to help Christians capitalize on the opportunities that these matters provide for sharing the truth about God and His gospel message.
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