"Another way of looking at it is that if the church was more faithfully living out its responsibilities in the kingdom of God, all these contentious political questions in the “kingdom” of America would take on a very different hue. We would be discussing abortion, for example, in a context in which there are no American children waiting to be adopted because American churches, of which there are more than enough, would have taken it upon themselves to see to it that there is always a line of Christian families waiting to adopt the moment another child is abandoned. As it is, there are over 100,000 American kids waiting to be adopted. The only reason for this is that the church isn’t very serious about following Jesus. Likewise we would be discussing racial controversies in an environment in which white evangelicals would be noticeably more likely to live in poor and diverse neighborhoods than other Americans and Sunday mornings would be the most diverse, integrated hour of the week. The only reason it’s not already like this is that the church isn’t very serious about following Jesus. And we would be discussing social programs and spending cuts in an environment where evangelicals would be giving 10 or 20% of their incomes away and churches would be spending much more of their money on outreach to their neighborhoods instead of improving their church buildings. It’s not this way because the church isn’t very serious about following Jesus."