It's a familiar scenario. The political leaders are making decisions that seem self-serving, contradictory, and reactionary. The nation, as a whole, seems to be going nowhere. And, the disparity between those with power and influence versus the common person is growing without any regard for the people being swept aside.
No person with a heart of love for his fellow could stand idly aside. We have to do something! We have to expose the evil for what it is and overthrow the tyranny that is looming so heavily over us.
There's a strategy that is described in the Bible of how one man sought to overthrow the governing leadership that he believed was corrupt and incapable. He shared his concerns with those around him, built a grassroots community of like-minded people, created a political machine to be reckoned with, and inevitably cost the lives of over 14,000 people.
The man that I'm talking about is a fellow named Korah. His story is told in Numbers 16. He is not described as a good guy in the Bible. In fact, he is described as a power-grabbing, manipulative insurrectionist that placed his own selfishness above everything else. But, that's probably not the way that he saw himself.
No one gets up in the morning thinking about how dangerous and destructive they can be... well, most people don't. And, those that do, usually aren't the kind of person we want to be around. We want to be around people who we believe care about, those who are watching out for the little guy, and trying to make the world better by speaking out about injustice and building a community that is built on fairness. This was Korah's message. It made him very popular, very fast, in a community that seemed to be wandering aimlessly, dying in the wilderness.
The same strategy, the grassroots campaign, is employed by well-meaning, deeply concerned people every day. It has been the catalysts for church splits, family turmoil, business implosions, and government chaos for generations. And, while it is happening, we generally see it as a good thing.
So, what's to be done when things are going to hell in a handbasket?
There is a biblical model. In Galatians 6:1, we are instructed that, if we see someone overtaken in a fault, the first thing we need to do is evaluate our own motives and agendas. Then, if those are pure, we should go to that person, directly and confront the issue. If it is a matter of national or world politics that concerns us, go directly to the level of governance that is closest to you (the civic authority or local party leadership): work within the system, not against it. In Matthew 18:15-17, our Lord describes this same process of directly confronting those with whom we have issue; though it may be wise to gain a "sanity check" as well.
The problem is that we don't think that God is big enough to handle our problems. We fester and get angry. We never consider that the leadership that God has put in place (Romans 13:1, Daniel 2:21) must be there for a reason, even though, from our perspective, everything is falling apart.
The consistent pattern demonstrated for biblically confronting the issues that concern us is to confront them directly, not talk about them in back rooms or foster a coup against the leadership. When the highest levels of leadership needs to be corrected, God consistently has put someone close to that person (Moses, David, Daniel, Esther...) who is able to clearly give the message that God needs that person to hear.
The problem that we have today, in correcting the evils of the world, is that we are unwilling to confront the problems that are right in front of us because we are too concerned with issues that are out of our reach: and, it's much more fun to build up an angry mob than to actually do something positive.