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Nothing in this world (concerning the human race) is ever just physiological or psychological. At the core of every issue is a spiritual reality. And that is why merely physical and psychological and educational and political methods will never be enough to deliver humanity from its many problems.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…” (Ephesians 6:12)

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6)
The ultimate poverty is spiritual poverty.  The ultimate slavery is spiritual slavery.  If we help improve a person’s physical state (prosperity, justice, political freedom) without improving their spiritual state, we have ultimately, from eternity’s perspective, accomplished nothing.  I am not saying that we shouldn’t work for justice or feed the hungry.  We should.  We must.  I do!  What I am saying is that feeding a person’s physical stomach should never be our ultimate goal — feeding his spiritual stomach should be our ultimate goal, because there will be many well-fed, well-dressed people spending forever without God.

There is a serious danger that we will become “Christian Materialists”.  By that, I don’t refer to church-goers who are into nicer and nicer cars and clothes and houses, although that is a symptom of true materialism.  Materialism is the philosophy and belief that the physical universe is the only real reality, and that spiritual things are mere metaphors or ignorance.  And when you believe this, of course, you will see only physical, psychological and political problems and issues, not spiritual realities.  And, in a practical sense, you will be useless to a God who came to this planet as a man and sacrificed Himself so that humanity could one day be truly free, spiritually, and be with Him in Eternity.

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

man in chains - LOON WATCHMAN BLOG

It’s a wonderful thing when Christians decide to make a positive difference in their world. There is so much suffering — poverty, starvation, slavery, etc. And it is exciting to see the Church taking a lead in such things as ending sex trafficking. (These issues are very important to us as well. Over the years, my wife and I have been blessed to minister to the poor at shelters, food pantries, orphanages, and other places — as well as working with ministries focused on ending sex trafficking)

But in the midst of our efforts to advance social justice, we must never lose sight of the real prize: people coming to know Jesus. It would be a great tragedy for the world to become a “better” place, with less poverty and misery, and yet not see the SPIRITUAL REVOLUTION break forth that our glorious Messiah paid such a horrific price to begin. And it would be a calamity beyond words to set people free from slavery and poverty without introducing them to the only One who can break the chains of darkness that bind their souls.

So, I want to encourage everyone, as you go about doing good works: to dare to say the Name — the only Name and reality that can make a real, eternal change in anyone’s life. And ultimately…it’s all about eternity.

true eternal liberation - LOON WATCHMAN BLOG