The End of the Messianic State (II)

…As critical as the political front is, it may not be the place to focus our main energies. Politics does not so much shape public life as reflect it. Before a godly perspective will ever be seen in public policy matters, a godly perspective will need to become a constant habit in the lives of tens and hundreds of thousands of people at the grass roots (Joel Belz, 1988).

When the great god of modern man the Messianic State, has fallen on its face like Dagon did (I Sam.5:1-5), what will have to occur? There will need to be a rebuilding.

But on what basis? Will the rebuilt edifice be Christian, or humanistic, blasphemous and oppressive, like its predecessor? This will represent both a crisis and opportunity for the church. A crisis of faith and action, and an opportunity to begin afresh, on a scriptural basis.

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]

I suspect a vast majority of the church will be disinterested in a scriptural re-build. The acids of humanism in the church have been effective in eating away its vitality now, for centuries. And those who have led us into the dark valley of decline, won’t be those who lead us out of it. What’s more, they may deeply resent and spurn those who have a vision of faith for the nations of the world, just as Joshua and Caleb were deeply resented in Israel (Num.14:1-10), until all their opposition had died in the wilderness.

In times of reformation, God has rarely used large numbers of people. He seems to delight in using small numbers of apparently unqualified people to achieve His ends. A motley crew, as both Gideon (Judges 7) and David (I Sam.22:1-2) discovered.

When Israel was in fear and trembling before Goliath, who did God use? One youth, David, the youngest of his family, who only happened to be present because he was part of the army’s supply chain: bringing his brothers food (I Sam.17).

And the lesson is?

Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea, only a remnant within them shall return… (Isa.10:20-22)

Don’t expect lots of people to want to join you in Christian reconstruction. The remnant is just that. A very small fraction of a larger group, which despite its small size, is able to  influence many and accomplish great things in God’s plan.

God will give that remnant great tasks to commence. Remember, we will be in the early stages of Christian reconstruction, and that process is a generational one. When we’ve lost a lot of ground, we have to recover it step by step, with some of the keys being education, patience and persistence. Grand edifices cannot be commenced without well-dug, strong foundations.

Everybody has to begin at the beginning, and there may not be bottles of champagne to open or hundreds of people clapping. (They’d be better off working, not clapping.) And if we take Nehemiah’s example (see Neh.2:11-20), hardly anyone notices at the beginning.

Conclusion:

I’ll be glad to see the end of the Messianic State, and every Christian should be. But this is the critical factor: you can’t replace something with nothing. This will provide a massive, long-lasting challenge for Christians and churches to come up with its replacement, and it won’t be easy.

It will require a massive re-think, and vastly new levels of responsibility for believers, families and churches, who haven’t realized that they may get no thanks or praise from men for what they do.

Are you ready for that kind of task? That’s what true men and women of God have always been prepared for.

 

 

 

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