Edging Away from Egypt (XII)

 

                           Conclusion

The Biblical doctrine of salvation leads to a reconstruction of every area of life. It gives scope and focus to reason, and it gives foundation to manners and morals. The doctrine of the resurrection makes a future orientation inescapable to true faith, because every act today has both temporal and eternal consequences. Life is not absurd but rich in meaning.[1]

Edging away from Egypt means that Christians and the church are setting themselves on a path to make changes that will last, that will honour God. This means first, accepting that the Bible is the Word of God, and that it is our instruction manual for life.

The implications of this are huge, both for the individual, the family and the church. The total restructuring of our beliefs and lifestyle according to scripture, in subjection to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This consistency between scriptural teaching, belief and practice is to begin with individuals, and then extend to families, churches, communities and then nations.

It means integrity in family life and the honouring of marriage, so that the family is honoured again in society and protected in law.

As happened with Zaccheus (Luke 19:1-10), one of the first places of reconstruction is the individual’s attitude to money, and his use of it. This means that individuals must learn to consider money and all material assets as trusts from God, to be used wisely. This means working diligently, saving money, and tithing on income to a church. It also means personal and church involvement in charity, such as the care of widows, orphans, the poor and the alien. The potential for massive social change in the long-term resulting from this, is enormous.

It means parental responsibility for education and the raising of children, which will ultimately mean closing down whole government departments, ensuring that those working there have to get a job in private industry: a massive change. No longer will Departments of Education be able to dictate to families what they are to do.

And it means the church becoming much more aligned with the gospel, as it both preaches and teaches the truth, and leads the way by example.

All of this requires a long-term vision and strategy, along with patience and hope. We will not see overnight change. The best progress is incremental: step by step over years, begun by a faithful few who plod along in the way, serving as an example to others.

Everyone has to make this choice: will I be a part of the problem or part of the solution? God will honour those who bring godly solutions to social and church problems, just as He honoured Joshua and Caleb, 3,500 years ago.

If not us, who? If not now, when?

 

 

[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Salvation and Godly Rule,” 1983, p.484.