My father often quoted the observations of Henry Van Til (no relation to Cornelius Van Til) that culture is religion externalized. In his book To Be as Gods, he noted that, since Darwin, the trend has been toward the repudiation of all morality and fixity, a rejection of any standard as an imposition on man and his evolutionary potential.
Going back further, I can recall as a young boy his rejection of the term amoral. No one is without morals or a moral standard. All men have a standard by which they live. It may be arbitrary; it may be personal, but they do have a moral ethic, good or perverse.
What we see today is the elevation of evil as the new good and repudiation of Christian ethics as the new sinfulness. This distresses us, but not God. Men can no more run from God then they can prevent the passage of time. God will not be mocked, and He has said, “Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20). That last part, by the way is not taste but about the advocacy of evil as a better, “sweeter” way. Satan’s promise, remember, was that life would be better if only Adam and Eve followed his leading.
Those who mock God will be judged, and those Christians who have given up the fight, who presume God has been mocked, will find themselves the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. The fight has been won for us; all we have to do is remain faithful to the victor.
Not many groups approach the Christian ministry like Chalcedon does. Most are focused on particular goals or issues, like foreign missions, pro-life, education, family, etc. We need such narrowly-focused ministers, for certain. Chalcedon’s ministry, however, is much broader. We try to keep Christians focused on the big picture, that our culture, indeed our civilization, has systematic problems because it is operating in terms of the legitimacy of man’s rebellion against God. Such rebellion never succeeds and always progresses to a systematic failure. The answer is to rebuild our culture on the Word of God, beginning with the individual and then extending to his family, church, vocation, and larger associations.
We call this “Christian Reconstruction.” We need to reconstruct because so much is broken, and it needs to be Christian, i.e. Scriptural, in nature or we will merely be erecting another defective edifice.
Christian Reconstruction is not something we can implement, because it is not a program, it’s an understanding of the believer’s role in this life. It is how we live and what we teach. The change it envisions will only come through the regenerating power of God’s Spirit.