REFORMATION OF SOCIETY
T. PIERCE BROWN
Most politicians, in order to get elected, promise various kinds of reformation of society. We will have better schools, less crime, or better social conditions in whatever area the politician feels he can sound the most credible. However, most of the programs have to do with such things as putting more policemen on the street, building more jails, passing legislation banning something, or making the penalty for some crime more, or in some cases, less severe. These all may have some value in their places, but God’s way of reforming society is different in some significant ways.
Proper, lasting and worthwhile reformation of society must begin at the source of human conduct of the individual. One may reform society, or even an individual without doing that, but it will usually be both temporary, and often actually counter productive.
Since the heart is the center and source of all human activity, let us see what is involved in starting there. Not only is it true that “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” but also “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” A man may not be what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is. That is, a man may think himself to be something, when he is nothing, and deceive himself (Galatians 6:3). Yet, if a man continually thinks good thoughts in his heart, he will become good; if he thinks evil in his heart, he will become evil.
Since the heart is the seat of the intellect, the emotions and the will, one must change each if he would really re-form himself. Society cannot properly be changed as a whole, but only as the individuals that comprise it are changed.