I read this article this morning, at the recommendation of a friend, and it blew me away. The author, an atheist, argues that the most effective means of helping Africa develop has been and will be the missionary efforts of the Christian church. Though fascinating in itself, the religious side of this story is not what most interests me. Sure, it is refreshing, if not a bit odd, to see an atheist speak so frankly, kindly, and reasonably in defense of Christianity, but this is not what really got my attention reading this article. What blew me away was that I think this atheist has a more healthy view of social change than many Christians. He understands that the fundamental means of change, for a Christian, ought to be the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to change souls. Real change, for the Christian, is heart change. This atheist recognizes this. Unfortunately, it seems many Christians today don't. There are Christians on both sides of the aisle who insist that real change, whether the economic change sought by those on the left or the social/moral change sought by those on the right, ought to be brought about by government policy. Somehow, Christians have managed to forget what this atheist recognizes is at the core of the Christian message: real change is heart change.