The Practical Base
Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice for the nations, He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law (Isa.42:1-4).
The vast majority of people who’ve been in bondage all their life, hardly know it.
Why? It’s normal for them. Try opening the cage door of a bird whose been there since his life began. Does he immediately fly out the open door? No, he’s never been out there, and he’s not used to liberty. He’s afraid to go.
This is our problem. All over the West, the community isn’t really used to liberty. It has been used to being familiar with the rules, and following them. We grumble and complain about high taxes, and the fact that we get next to nothing for all we pay. But that’s all. At the end of the day, we go along.
All this will have to change, and it will probably be Christians who lead the way. It should be Christians who lead the way. But if we want to lead the way, we’ll have to make huge changes now, beginning with how we think about obeying God, and how we act as a result. But there will probably be a financial crisis first, which makes it clear that change is now inexorable.
Bondage always begins with individual irresponsibility, and resistance to God’s law.
The way out of bondage? Obedience to God’s law, along with personal, family and church responsibility: something that’s almost vanished from Western society.
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Josh.1:8).
Where is bondage for the West, today? The welfare, socialist, fascist State, which dominates all of the West, today. Cradle to grave, womb to tomb, the State keeps making its promises to provide for and keep us, but it never can. A financial crisis will show that all the grand promises have gone up in smoke. Great!
Public education is the State’s most vulnerable point, and it is where Christians should begin to show themselves faithful to God.
How? By getting their children out, and home schooling them.
You may be thinking, “That’s very controversial.” Of course it is. Obeying God in practice (not just theory) is always going to be controversial, and will divide those that know you. What did you expect: everyone would be sympathetic, would understand, and appreciate what you’ve done?
Home schooling children goes against the grain of conformity to the State. It is saying, “There’s a better way to do this, and we’re going to do it.” It is a godly way of saying “No,” to the control of children by the State.
And there’s more, much more. It is saying,
My children belong to God, and I’m responsible for them. I’m obliged to prepare them for the service of God. That means training, discipleship and more, taking a long-term view.
It’s time we Christians reversed the trend. We have to begin to shift away from Egypt: from control, from slavery. All the pretensions of the welfare State have always been a sham, and so we have to commence the process of responsibility and the pursuit of freedom, with Biblical responsibility and faithfulness, applying the scriptures to all of life. That means education, health, welfare, defence, taxation, economics, government, law and more.
All these things are in the Bible, and God wants us to be both knowledgeable and influential on these subjects, and more.
It’s time we flew out of the cage.
So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed (Jn.8:36).