The longer we live the more we note the rapidity of change. The very pace of culture is so fast many innovations come and go before we can experience them. I drive an eighteen year old truck that has a cassette player in it!
The political winds have shifted in Great Britain and the U.S. The world maps I used in school are now hopelessly out of date. Communists in China have pragmatically turned to private enterprise, at least in part.
Technology? The stuff of science fiction a generation ago is now readily available. In one area after another, change is the rule. We know and expect changes.
Why should we not then believe religious change is possible and even to be expected? We know that God will be victorious, that the gates of hell will not be able to withstand the advance of the Kingdom. If we really believe the Holy Spirit can change a man, why doubt that He can change thousands or millions? If we believe God can change our families and our churches, why do we not assume He can change cultures and the course of history?
In fact, there are signs around us that should encourage us. Today there are more Christians than ever before in history. The church is growing by leaps and bounds (though sadly not in North America).
Breakthroughs in medicine, transportation, communications, manufacturing, and energy are now commonplace. I think it is silly to view the Kingdom of God in its fullness in terms of some idealized, back-ward-looking agrarian life. I believe it will be one that makes our current civilization look as dated as a medieval scene now does.
Yes, this requires the power of the Spirit, but if we believe that will come (sooner or later) then we can foresee a most glorious future ahead. I see no reason to be pessimistic.
Too often I hear Christians emphasize the certainty of God’s judgment, but we do not know when or how it will come, or to what extent it will be balanced by God’s grace and mercy. Whatever we believe about the imminent future, however, we should act in terms of the promises of God. Christians are heirs together with Christ and should stop acting the part of victims of the wicked.
It is hard to preach victory when so many see only the present evil, yet that is Chalcedon’s purpose. We may not live to see more than small victories in our lifetime, but we must operate in terms of the certainty of the victory of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom in time and eternity. We are on the winning side.
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- Mark R. Rushdoony
Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995.
He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining the staff of Chalcedon in 1978. He was the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years while teaching full time. He also helped tutor all of his children through high school.
In 1998, he became the President of Chalcedon and Ross House Books, and, more recently another publishing arm, Storehouse Press. Chalcedon and its subsidiaries publish many titles plus CDs, mp3s, and an extensive online archive at www.chalcedon.edu.
He has written scores of articles for Chalcedon’s publications, both the Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life. He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He has spoken at numerous conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad.
Mark Rushdoony lives in Vallecito, California, his home of 43 years with his wife of 45 years and his youngest son. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.