If we as the church were loving our neighbor and generously helping others at the local level, it really would not matter as much what policies happen at the state or federal level. Think about it…
You want to stop abortion? Sadly, it will probably never be outlawed at the federal level. We can, however stop that one young lady in our circle of influence from having an abortion by being by her side, teaching her about other options while helping learn that she is loved by God.
You want help people get out of poverty? There is no program that will completely fix it, but you can help that person with childcare while they go to that interview, or offer to pay for some classes or give them the deposit for their utilities and rent while you mentor them along the way.
I think sometimes we look at these grandiose ideas like enacting national change through legislation or elected officials, but the reality is that real change does not always happen that way. Could it be that because our lofty goal doesn’t materialize, we end up doing nothing at all? I think this is often the case.
“Helping one person might not change the world, but it can change the world for one person” (Unknown)
“So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17)