In their book, Restoring All Things, John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith offer four questions intended to connect our actions with what we know to be true about the world from the biblical story:

1. What is good in our culture that we can promote, protect, and celebrate?

Christians believe that how God created the world was, in His own words, “good.” Even after the fall, much of this goodness, such as beauty and truth and human dignity, remains.

2. What is missing in our culture that we can creatively contribute?

Christians believe that humans were created to be creative. When something good is missing in a particular time and place, we should find ways to offer it to the world. God is glorified and the world is helped by properly ordered human creativity.

3. What is evil in our culture that we can stop?

God hates evil, and so ought we. Throughout history, courageous Christians have worked to stop that which destroys and deceives. We must do no less. It’s a basic requirement of loving our neighbors.

4. What is broken in our culture that we can restore?

Ultimately, we reflect the gospel most clearly when what has been damaged by sin is restored to God’s intended purposes.