|Ever feel like this guy?|
There has been plenty of times when this goal (political dominance for Christian ideals) was achieved; the problem is the darkest stains on the name of Christ grew out of that mindset and those "golden ages": the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem witch trials, etc. So I think it's safe to say that the top-down approach has been tried, with the most disastrous of results.
In contrast, I believe Christ would have us start at the bottom; look what He did: instead of going for the Pharisees, religious elite, and the politically powerful, His target audience, the focus of most of His ministry, was comprised of fishermen, Roman conspirators (tax collectors), and criminals (so, the dregs of society!). Instead of attempting to influence the movers and shakers and win them over, He declaimed against their evil ways, their false hopes of self-righteousness, and stayed true to what was central in His message, even if it cost Him popularity and followers (Jn 6:66). Obviously, Jesus had bigger fish on His plate than social change (like bearing the wrath of God in our place!), but after Pentecost, we see the disciples following the same pattern: aiming at the individual heart first, which can be changed only by the work of God, and then allowing the fruit of those conversions to change the visible Church first (Acts 2:44-47), and then the society to the degree God wills/allows. This is why Paul says:
"For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth." (1 Cor 1:26)So the logic of affecting our society from the bottom up means seeing the vote we cast as part of a bigger picture; we vote primarily as a witness to our friends, families, and neighbors, to display the radical change that God makes in the hearts and minds of all who follow His Son. The impact on those in our immediate vicinity of not just our vote, but our whole Christian outlook, is the first goal; the actual election of the leaders God blesses (or curses) our country with comes second.
|"With all these Christians, how will we meet our quota?"|