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Can Christians Ever Be a Governing Class?

By Mark R. Rushdoony
May 18, 2016
“Remember, there will always be a governing class. Our present schools, colleges, universities, churches, and foundations are essentially geared to producing a humanistic leadership. Fight this order all you will, but as long is it shapes the minds of the leaders and the followers, it will continue to prevail. Document its evils and chronicle its corruptions all you want, and you will not change it unless at the same time you work to establish a new people, and a new leadership.” (R. J. Rushdoony, Roots of Reconstruction, p. 663)

Because a governing class is an inescapable concept, Christians must be intentional about training godly leadership that understand that the faith must be applied to every area of life. This is why, for example, the family and Christian education are so vital.

The state can only prepare leaders for humanism, and the state will not train up a governing class that doesn’t serve the interests of collectivism and bureaucracy. Therefore, there must be a new governing class of Christian leaders prepared to advance the Kingdom of God in every sphere.

Take a few moments right now as Mark Rushdoony answers the question, “Can Christian Ever Be a Governing Class?”


Topics: Biblical Law, Christian Reconstruction, Church, The, Government

Mark R. Rushdoony

Mark R. Rushdoony holds a B.A. in history and is an ordained minister. He served as the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years, along with assisting in tutoring his four children through high school. In 1998 he succeeded his father, R. J. Rushdoony, as President of Chalcedon  and continues to serve in that capacity. He oversees Chalcedon/Ross House Books and Storehouse Press. He has written for Chalcedon’s publications, (Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life). He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He is a sought out speaker for conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Vallecito, CA, with his wife Darlene and his youngest son. He has three married children and seven grandchildren.

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