John Paul's view of the world and the Church was radically different from what many people had in the past and currently hold. But, before we explore a little of what he believed about those topics, let us dive into an underlying belief that helped to shape his views.
He had hope. Not just some vain optimism about the future, but a deep and abiding desire for the Kingdom of God to be fulfilled. He knew that Christ was victorious. He knew that heaven existed. He knew that God can draw good out of evil. He also knew that the Holy Spirit was working now.
This is different from just having a bright outlook on life. This desire and knowledge led him to truly believe that God wanted the Church to have an effective call to the world. In addition, there is something else he believed. That is, truth is more effective than power. Which is why he saw that true change had to come through changing culture and not by political policies or economics. He saw universities as a more effective means of achieving true change than politicians or laws. Why? Because universities are the places where culture is effectively changed for better of worse.
With this in mind, we need to self-examine ourselves as a church.
*Are we effectively changing our culture to be one of life, love and grace?
*Do we need to re-evaluate our priorities when it comes to working to change governmental policies?
Now, I don't believe the two are mutually exclusive, but it seems that if culture is primary over government, then we have our priorities upside down when it comes to reform and evangelization.
My thoughts - worth $.02