The Degenerate Nation

I’m not by nature a pessimistic person. Personal pessimism about the future, is most commonly a result of failing to believe in the faithfulness and the promises of God. So, about my future personally, I am confident.

But the future of this nation? Well, that’s another story. Though we’ve had a good beginning as a nation, and have come a long way since the First Fleet in 1788, Australia (like the remainder of the West) is degenerating. It’s seriously failing in three areas.

The People:                                                                                                                                   

We have had five generations now, of public education in Australia. “Public” means government funded, controlled and manipulated. “Public” means that references to God at a public school as the Creator, and to Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world, are to all intents and purposes, eliminated.

Are there consequences of this? Of course. It was Noah Webster who commented, nearly two centuries ago, that “Education without the Bible is useless.”

Apart from within the family and church, the knowledge of God is progressively removed from the mind of children, for some 14,400 hours of their education. When public school educated children leave school, what proportion of them actually believe in the God of the Bible? Perhaps 15%.

This deliberate obliteration of the knowledge of God in the community through public education has significant consequences for any population, especially when it extends into generations. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about Israel:

Alas, sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they have turned away from Him (Isa.1:4).

The Laws:                                                                                                                                

When Australia was settled, the common law of England was our law. That wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good. But as the nation has quietly shifted religiously, our legal base has quietly shifted too, from a Christian to a humanistic one. This has had significant implications. While Biblical law defends the individual, the family and the church against the State (the Ten Commandments being a component of this), humanistic law turns this notion completely on its head.

For the humanist, the State is everything. The humanist has his own doctrine of redemption beginning with government, which becomes a messianic institution for social change. This is why public education is acclaimed to be such a powerful agent for change, by humanists. Humanists are by nature God-haters, and they tend to be family-haters, and so their chosen agency of combat for the family and its values, along with the church, is the public school.

Do public school educators like homeschooling?

They logically see it as a threat, not just to their career, but to their whole opportunity for the impartation of their humanistic world-view. Consequently, Education Departments (and sometimes Ministers of Education) have tended to be suspicious of homeschooling: “yes, you can home-school your children, but on our terms.”

The legal and moral degeneration of Australia has reached this point: a woman will get State and Federal government sanction to murder her child in the womb, so that about 20% of pregnancies are “terminated” (some 90,000 annually), but the number of adoptions permitted in 2010? 45.

Today, it is as Isaiah said:

How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, but now murderers (Isa.1:21).

The Leadership:                                                                                                                                      

I tend to avoid political commentary, partly because it can be perceived as being partisan. But I can say that the leadership of Europe, the United States and the rest of the West has hardly been impressive since Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan departed the scene.

Why? The ideology is all wrong, matched only by the motivation. It isn’t wrong to want to be returned at the next election, but it is most certainly wrong to let political ambition subsume truth and integrity.

Political leaders must begin to ask themselves, “What am I here for? Who am I to serve?” The scripture commands that we are to “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Phil.2:4).

Doug Casey’s recent comments are relevant:

Rulers and would-be rulers view the rest of our species as milk-cows, to be kept alive and milked for as long as possible, no matter how much joy is taken from them. The purpose of life, however, is … not to be treated like part of a herd and be fed what your master wants for his own purposes.[1]

I fully hope in my life-time, to see the collapse of the notion of the welfare state. Why? Because it is an evil invention, it is economically unsustainable, and its days are numbered. Ultimately, the money runs out, as the Europeans are finding out, and the US will soon. And when it does, it will call into question the notion that the State can care for people, and provide for them from womb to tomb. Socialism is a very expensive lie that’s in the process today of falling apart at the seams, and the sooner the better.

God spoke through Isaiah to the leaders of Israel, as though He was speaking to Sodom and Gomorrah. Why? Because their moral state was that bad.

Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah…Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them…The Lord enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, “It is you who have devoured the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses. What do you mean by crushing My people and grinding the face of the poor?” declares the Lord God of hosts (Isa.1:10, 23; 3:14-15).

The irony is that it is the poor who suffer most from socialism, because they finish up with less chance of employment, as the businesses that could have employed them are forced to reduce staff due to regulations, taxes and recession.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                 

God’s promises to Israel through Isaiah are like a beacon to any degenerate nation: “if only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isa.48:18).

Australia is degenerating like the rest of the West. It will continue to do so, until such time as the people of Australia return to the Lord with all their hearts, setting aside the humanistic idolatries of the modern age, including socialist ideology. These idolatries have been largely accepted by the people, and are also reflected in our laws and our national leadership.

But when the people turn to Christ, the laws and the nation’s leadership will follow. All must be submitted to the Lordship of Christ. And in repentance, there is hope. “In repentance and rest you will be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength…” (Isa.30:15).

But here’s the tough one. Will you be a part of the problem, or part of the solution?


[1] Doug Casey, “Totally Incorrect,” 2012, Ch.7.