Edging Away from Egypt (II)

  …Out of Egypt I called My Son (Matt.2:15).

Jesus’ parents took him briefly to Egypt. Why? Because an angel told Joseph, “Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him” (Matt.2:13). But Jesus’ normal life was not to be in Egypt, but in Israel. Today, our normal life is never to identify with Egypt either.

Today, Egypt is not so much geography, as a religious and ideological identification opportunity. It can be anywhere in the world, but it is to be much more likely to be found where there is firstly, a weak, submissive and compromised church, and consequently a domineering, humanistic government, ignoring God and His Word. The first always precedes the second.

The Bible tells us, “you were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men” (I Cor.7:23). Christians must see the writing on the wall, taking all possible steps to be free of the system Egypt has created.  It is a welfare/slavery system that enslaves people all over the world. It is corrupt and destructive to the soul. It works against optimism, responsibility, independence, initiative, faithfulness, productivity, self-discipline and hard work. All of these are vital Christian virtues.

How do I know that?

For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either (II Thess.3:10).

It was we in the church who indirectly produced the modern monstrosity called Egypt.

How?

We said “Let’s have socialism. That will mean we don’t have to take the time and money ourselves, to educate our children, to care for our needy and ill.” We departed from responsibility, effectively saying, “bring on the government programs.” It was the church’s  unbelief and escapism that have gotten us into this mess now, for over a century, as we failed to provide the leaven of the kingdom of God (Mat.13:33) for the community. Irresponsibility, unbelief and escapism must now be replaced with faithfulness and obedience; a long-term task.

Paul tells us,

So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith (Gal.6:10).

Our first task is the tithe. We must pay 10% of our income for the maintenance of Christian leaders in the church, and some of this tithe will not be used for them. It will be used for the care of the needy, which is initially a family task in the Bible. But not everyone has a family to help them in a crisis, which is where the church has a role in welfare.

Secondly, able bodied people ought to be working-earning a living. All those who can work, should be working. The church should be a productive diligent community, for “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage…” (Prov.21:5).

Productive people should continue to be productive, earning as much as possible. Of course, the wife at home educating her children may not be working in the conventional sense of the term, but she’s still employed at a vital family task. And even there,

She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard… She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness (Prov.31:16, 26-27).

Thirdly, we ought to be saving for the future, avoiding unproductive debt. People who take the future seriously, are savers. Why? Because no one knows what tomorrow will bring. We cannot simply assume that because it seems safe today to live from what I earn today, it will be safe to do so, tomorrow. The international uncertainty around the world should warn us to value the job we have, and be the best we can at it.

Egypt is unstable, and will be judged by God. It’s actually self-destructive in every way, because of its humanistic faith, its grandiose and unsustainable promises, and its massive debt structures. It has promised much, but cannot deliver.

This is why, so far as politics is concerned, the slogan of the believer should always be:

Smaller government, less tax, more freedom.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                              Unstable institutions tend to collapse in a crisis, in the same way that unstable buildings do in earthquakes. Christians have to recognise this, and to be quietly setting about building for the kingdom of God. For the institutions of Egypt, of men who have built their structures in contempt of the knowledge of God, are doomed.

And what do we replace these institutions with? The scriptural ones, beginning with the family, and the reconstructed church, faithful to God’s Word.

Twenty five years ago, Rushdoony was right:

Politics cannot produce character: Christianity must. The decline of faith is a decline of character and a decline of character is the forerunner of political decay and collapse.  Christianity has an obligation to train a people in the fundamentals of God’s grace and law, and to make them active and able champions of true political liberty and order.[1]

[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.552.