For example: If you want to introduce yourself to the local sheriff, or the local county common-wealth attorney how would you go about achieving that? Where would you begin? How would you go about executing that goal?
What do you want to accomplish?
What is your ultimate agenda?
What is the long-term reason why you might be interested in introducing yourself to that magistrate?
There are two ways of going about integrating yourself into any community. You can either critique and criticize to the point where people stop listening to you, or you can be crafty and become a trusted, even sought out, leader in the community God-ward.
Once people respect you, even if they do not agree with you, you can have a Godly influence upon the culture so when you vehemently disagree with something it is not rejected out of hand.
A Case Study: The Details
Let’s take the hypothetical case of introducing yourself to the local sheriff. First: Why would you even bother getting to know the Sheriff? One very important reason is that he is the executive officer of the entire county which is an extremely weighty position. Secondly, he is one of the most important lesser magistrates that stands between the tyranny of the State and you. Thirdly, his job is to keep peace and order within the community which is essential to the overall well-being of any community.
Remember you want to ultimately have him get to know you as an individual of integrity, lawfulness, ethical stability, knowledge and wisdom. If you have a business within the community, or if you are a minister, elder or deacon in your church, the introduction is easy. You already have a conspicuous place in the community which shows you have a stake in its safety and prosperity.
This has to be a sincere request. You should want to be available as a gospel ambassador should an opportunity arise. Before he gets to know you, you must get to know him. Show some consideration for the job he has, his concern for his deputies, and offer whatever help and encouragement you can as a citizen or minister within the county.
This approach can be applied to any area that you wish to influence. Get to know the local bank manager, editor of the newspaper, fire chief, political reps of the local, state and federal jurisdiction. Visit your local commonwealth attorney and your local circuit court judges. Down the road, you may be able to offer them some materials that might be of interest in the application of God’s Law.
Don’t forget to be personable especially to the county clerk, treasurer and the secretaries of these offices. Don’t forget the local clergy. Get to know them. Eventually you will be lobbying them to get on board with certain community issues that they may tend to shy away from.
The Long-Term Effects
I cannot stress the importance of maintaining a consistency of Godliness. The manifestation of your ethical conformity to the Law of God is of utmost importance. You must be trust-worthy and even-tempered even in the face of severe reproach, slander, backbiting and even betrayal, all of which is guaranteed. Not everyone will respond positively to your Christian cause. Your purpose is to make inroads as a Christian leader in the community. Your efforts, if you are committed to the end goal, will pay off in the future, ultimately aiding in the advancement of righteousness, justice, equity and peace – the components of the Kingdom of God.