Jesus came to found a new kind of kingdom that could coexist in Jerusalem and also spread into Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth. In a parable, he warned that those farmers who concentrate on pulling up weeds (his image for “sons of the evil one”) may destroy the wheat along with the weeds. Leave matters of judgment to the one true Judge, Jesus advised.
The apostle Paul had much to say about the immorality of individual church members but little to say about the immorality of pagan Rome. He rarely railed against the abuses in Rome — slavery, idolatry, violent games, political oppression, greed — even though such abuses surely offended Christians of that day as much as our deteriorating society offends Christians today. – Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing about Grace?