Howard Snyder in his book, The Community of the King, shares that the eternal Church of Jesus Christ is a leavening influence on society. He says that the Church is not to be misinterpreted as a primary means to the transforming of society.

He states, "This would be to trample over the uniqueness and infinite worth to God of the Christian community. Besides, the amazing and profound fact is that the Church most transforms society when it is itself growing and being perfected in the love of Christ. In fact when the Church is taken merely as a means to transform society, very little is accomplished. For in that case the uniqueness of the Church is denied and we enter the battle on the same terms as secular and godless forces. We assume the battle for right and justice can be won by force, by technique, by doing. It can't." Snyder points to Ephesians 6:10-20 as the weapons list of Christian warfare. Then he carefully points out, "Truly Christian transformation of culture comes through Christlike (and hence sacrificial love, community and being."

This understanding does not suspend the responsibility either as a church or individual has to do, act, and walk in manner of God. Righteousness and holiness should lead us to become the yeast of society. We should work our way naturally through the hurting, lost and outcast of society to make a difference in life.

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(Job and Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer. Nashville: The Upper Room, 1983, pp. 185-186)