From Generation to Generation (2)

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]

One of the serious errors of our era, has been the idea that there could be salvation through politics. This is an old one, going back to the Caesars. When we think about it, it is logical that a nation that doesn’t believe in God would find something like this to pin its hopes in. Indeed, a lot of Christians have fallen for this error too.

But the Bible tells us that man’s problems are ultimately spiritual ones, with a spiritual solution that only Jesus Christ can provide. Put lip-stick on a pig, and that animal that loves to wallow in mud, grunt and squeal, is still a pig.

And this should warn us home schoolers, too. If there are no quick-fixes for the nation, there are really none for the problems that people and nations bring upon themselves through sin.

But there is a positive for this as well. Because we have the scriptures, we understand that a proper analysis of human problems shows us not just the problems, but also our responsibilities as Christians, and our opportunities.

That leads to us taking our educational responsibilities as parents seriously; we know we are preparing children for adulthood, and for a life of serving God. But what will that really mean?

Of course, it all begins with the Gospel, for all children ought to hear about Jesus Christ and their accountability to Him. But Paul said the Ephesians that “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God” (Acts 20:27). That means that Christians are obligated to apply the scriptures to everything.

Forty years ago, Christians started thinking about education more seriously and Biblically. But what if we applied the scriptures to every other academic discipline, as well?

Could that mean law, government, economics, politics, taxation, immigration and foreign affairs, along with education? Absolutely.

From Genesis onwards, the scriptures speak about these things. At the Exodus, God gave His people His law, which confronted any residual paganism in them from Egypt, and told them everything they required to establish a godly culture.

God gave them the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, then in the next 3 chapters and in other passages, He elaborated and built upon on those commandments, dealing with the fundamental laws of a godly society, in any era. We’re talking here about the proper response to murder (Ex.21:12), the proper respect towards parents (Ex.21:15), kidnap (Ex.21:16), restitution for the injured (Ex.21:18-19), compensation for miscarriage through fighting (and by implication, abortion- Ex.21:22), use of dangerous animals (Ex.21:28-32), workplace health and safety (Ex.21:33-34), laws of theft (Ex.22:1), home invasion (Ex.22:2-4), compensation for damage incurred through an accident (Ex.22:5-6), borrowing and breach of trust (Ex.22:7-15), the use of the dowry and restitution for seduction (Ex.22:16-17), prohibitions of sorcery (Ex.22:18), and bestiality (Ex.22:19), the treatment of  immigrants (Ex.22:21), widows and orphans (Ex.22:22-24), rules about lending to the poor (Ex.22:25-27), the payment of offerings (Ex.22:29-30), and personal holiness (Ex.22:31). And that’s just two chapters.

You didn’t really think that these laws were relevant today? Jesus said to us,

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (Mat.5:17-18).

We all thought we were undertaking something significant when we began home schooling our children, and indeed we were. But little did we know what we were actually commencing, for God may indeed have had something much more long-term and significant in His mind, that we knew nothing of: actually laying the foundations for a godly community-a godly nation.

If this is the case, it will require that we keep a bigger picture in mind than what we may have been considering, way beyond our lifetime. This most certainly may mean the propagation of the gospel throughout the nation, through individuals and families and their lifestyle. And it may mean much more too, ultimately reaching to governments and Parliaments, which is what it should do. But our task was to begin at the beginning, with our family and the church.

Conclusion:

The Lord spoke through Zechariah, saying “Who has despised the day of small things?” (Zech.4:10) Nations in decline do not change overnight, and indeed it may get much worse, before it improves, for the Gospel is hardly known or respected in our nation.

Exodus 1 is a record of the continuing and deepening oppression of God’s people, even while they were being fruitful and multiplying. But deliverance by God’s grace nonetheless was coming, and the scripture encourages us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” (Heb.13:8).

Why can’t our era be the same?

 

 

 

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