Social Reform

How to Change a Nation:

By  Dr. Mark Spitsbergen  May 19th, 2010

How to Change a Nation

Crime Rate Drops in Tampa:

The city of Tampa has experienced a 56% reduction in crime since 2002. Why? When we look at the post-liberal era of the church and of society today, we cannot help but ask the question: Is the church relevant? Are we having any impact on our communities, towns and cities? Our schools reject any witness of God. Our president says we are no longer a Christian nation. What must we do to return to the power of God that shaped the formation of this nation in the days of Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield?

The Gospel in Our Streets:

We must all realize that social and moral change only comes by the church functioning under the power of the Holy Spirit. Many think that legislative changes in government will bring about this change, but they are wrong. The only power that will bring about this change is the preaching of the gospel. We must be willing to go into the streets of our towns and communities with the message of the everlasting gospel, and watch as God's Word subdues the forces of hell that would attempt to stop the advancement of the gospel.

The Effect:

The ministry of Rodney Howard-Browne launched an offensive attack on the city of Tampa Florida in 2001 (Matthew 11:12). Since 2002, the crime rate has been dropping. There has been an approximate 40% reduction in murder, 59% reduction in violent crime and a 55% reduction in property crime. If our feet are shod with the gospel of peace then we can bring peace to our communities (Ephesians 6:15). If we are willing to go and not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ we will see radical conversions that will begin to change the fabric of a godless society. (Romans 1:16). We are the salt of the earth, but if we do not function in the anointing that God has given us to reach a lost and dying world, then how can our nation be preserved (Matthew 5:13)? We are the light of the world, but if we continue to hide under the basket of our own lives and self interest, how will the world around us be lead out of their darkness (Matthew 5:14-16)?

Tampa's Crime Rate Drops

The Gospel Must Be Preached


Here is data published by the Tampa, Florida US Municipal Government:

Tabulated Crime Statistics

Digital Crime Map


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