Are Christians supposed to rebuke evil in the public forum? What about Matthew 7:6?
Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. —Jesus
The biblical command to “expose the unfruitful works of darkness” is within the context of the Church (Ephesians 5:11), because the church is to be different from the world: to glorify God, to honor the Name of Jesus (Acts 15:14).
But as for those outside the church, it is written (1 Cor 5:12-13):
For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside…
So, instead of being so preoccupied with rebuking the sins of the non-believing world, or with the agenda of Christian reconstruction & Theonomy, how about we Christians focus on the sins of the Church… and get the beams out of our own eyes! Maybe then the world will see a difference in us: how much we love one another; and they will call us the Disciples of Jesus (John 17).
May I suggest “leaders” start by demonetizing their “work for God.” My generation and younger especially hate that preachers and teachers do their “work” for a price. So did Micah. God and truth are NOT to be for sale!!
…It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers —Jesus (Matthew 21:13)
Christians can and should influence the lost world around them with our example and by our message. Christians must be ready to explain and uphold their consciences, to give a reasonable defense for the Faith when attacked or maligned. We should make disciples, NOT COLONIES (Matthew 28:19-20). We can vote and communicate with government officials, if the society in which we live allows it. Sometimes, our message and example will lead us to speak truth to power, and God certainly leads Christians into government positions. We can and should be the salt and light of the world, as Jesus has labeled us.
HOWEVER, with those things said, it is of chief importance to see Jesus equivocated the titles of “light of the world” and “salt of the earth” NOT with government infiltration and dominionist theonomy but with doing good works (ex. relieving the poor, aiding the sick, feeding the hungry, making peace, caring for the orphan & widowed, rescuing the afflicted, visiting the jailed, clothing the naked, etc.). In these cases and greater-scale cases of plight like human trafficking or genocides or destruction of ecosystems and species, Christians must take the leading initiative to seek aid mankind and animals and ecosystems as much as possible, not by lobbying via super PACs but without government aid and through independent, Christian organizations….
…and these good works are all about making God look as Good as He really is.
…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” —Jesus (Matthew 5:16).
However, notice Jesus NEVER tells the Church to get enmeshed in politics, as if His kingdom can be legislated in and out of existence by man-made decrees, or that somehow Christians are to establish God’s kingdom through “societal reform,” instead of the Good News, which alone is His “power” for saving mankind. Sociopolitical conservatism is not Christianity!
Christians are not to rebuke culture, even though we are to quietly & confidently live counter-culture, where society violates the Way of Jesus. The answer is good works and the Good News, not political lobbying or OR dominionist Theonomy.