"We argue that the political task of the church is to be the church rather than to transform the world. One reason why it is not enough to say that our that our first task is to make the world better is that we Christians have no other means of accurately understanding the world and rightly interpreting the world except by way of the church . Big words like 'peace' and 'justice', slogans the church adopts under the presumption that, even if people do not know what 'Jesus Christ is Lord' means, they will know what peace and justice means, are words awaiting content. The church really does not know what these words mean apart from from the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. After all, Pilate permitted the killing of Jesus in order to secure peace and justice (Roman style) in Judea. It is Jesus' story that gives content to our faith, judges any institutional embodiment of our faith, and teaches us to be suspicious of any political slogan that does not need God to make itself credible." - Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, Resident Aliens, p. 38.
UPDATE: Ok, despite Hauerwas and Willimon overstating their critique of empire, as Byron as pointed out in the comments, I still find this quote helpful. I find it helpful as it reminds me that the church's hope for change should not and and need not be dependent on who is in goverment.
The risk is, as Chris alluded to, that the church will simply withdraw from the world altogether. But what I hope will become clearer in further posts is that isn't the case. A person who is being transformed by Christ will be a person who longs and prays for the world too to be transformed. And a person who is being transformed by Christ will be a person who know's where that transformation comes from: not Labor, Liberal or The Greens; but the Lord Jesus Christ.