This is an age in which people long for salvation from poverty, disease, fear, violence, and much more. What they call “social justice” is the demand. Sadly, even some Christians have bought into the idea that greatest need is social and physical rather than spiritual.
The greatest need of mankind is deliverance from the fatal disease at the root of all symptoms: sin.
When we are delivered or freed or saved from sin and given a glimpse of eternity, the symptoms of living in this decrepit and cursed world grow more meaningless. We are content to live in a fallen world knowing that the pains of sin are but a drop in the bucket of forever.
It’s not that we neglect or ignore symptoms, but bandaging them alone – or even first – still leaves a world spiritually condemned, diseased, and eternally separated from God. The temporary fix does not an eternity make.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture … I have come that My sheep may have life, and they they may have it more abundantly (John 10:9, 10).