My thoughts and feelings along these lines have swayed over the years. We know that as Christians the condition of our hearts toward God is of primary importance. We also know that governments and laws cannot control people’s hearts.
We should know that God has Himself established governments and that we are to be ideal citizens under His Kingdom rule where ever we live (Romans 13:1-5). In the US and in many countries a good citizen is expected to vote for people and laws he or she believes is good for society.
Years ago I was taught that society was doomed, and from that I concluded that there would be no point in trying to better things. But Paul instructed Christians to pray for the worldly leaders of his day, that believers could live quiet and peaceable lives for the glory of God. (1 Timothy 2:1-2). Later I learned from history that Christians have prayed for the leadership of their countries and have led millions into great revivals that started with actual changed hearts! From there, many positive changes were advanced in these communities.
If there is an opportunity to do good, I believe God would have us to do it. (Galatians 6:10). There are and have been opportunities to do good in the way we support good government and speak out against bad government.
Historically, Christians have both failed and succeeded in these areas. God help us to hear from you as you lead us in our call to be salt and light in this world for your glory. Help us to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves as we desire to be worthy representatives and citizens of Your Kingdom!