What a change takes place in a person who becomes committed to God. We often place great importance on remedies for our society that have little, no or even opposite effects on our problems.
The root problem with each of us as individuals, as a rule, is found in the heart. Until we deal with that, our problems will increase and we will continue to be or become frustrated.
I read a biography of John Newton, who is the author of the well-known hymn, Amazing Grace. The story behind the writing of this song is more amazing than many realize.
Newton was raised in a home with a Godly mother and a father who ran a slave ship. When he was 8 years old, his mother died, and at age 11, he began to sail with his father. From that time on, his life began a downward spiral – a life of alcohol and debauchery was all he knew. He went so low as to become a slave himself, eating table scraps from his owner’s floor.
Newton read a book entitled, “The Imitation of Christ”, by Thomas Akepus, and realized that a change was needed in his life.
During a storm at sea, he was swept overboard into the tumult, and then, miraculously, washed back onto the boat. He cried out to God, and on the deck of that ship John Newton was changed – never again to be the same.
He could truly write, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch life me. I once was lost, but now I’m found; t’was blind but now I see.” He received a change of heart.
Until we deal with our society’s problems as heart problems, all other remedies accomplish no more than if we were throwing water at the ocean.