As I have advocated here, Hart also suggests that though the church as an institution is not called to transform society, that does not mean that individual Christians, as they live out their vocations as Christians, don't have a positive influence in society:
. . . Individual Christians in their vocations are called to a host of tasks that do, I guess, contribute to social transformation. (I don’t like that language because it has a progressive political valence that I oppose for political and cultural reasons – both libertarian and localist and at times agrarian.) But the church doesn’t transform society nor should she as an institution (in distinction from her members’ callings).So far the installments have been informative and practical--I would also highly recommend reading the comments under the second installment to see Strain's helpful comments. You ought to check them out.
This doesn’t mean that some of the aspects of social transformation, such as government, policy, and legislation are unimportant or “worldly.” They are worldly but in the good sense of the created order and the way that God superintends this world. Society is a good thing and Christians as citizens or in other capacities should be dutiful in their obligations to neighbors and magistrates. But social transformation is not where the kingdom of Christ happens.