One of the most frequent comments I hear from Christians is about “how bad things are today.” Some say things are worse now then ever before.
I disagree. In fact, I see great reason for hopefulness.
Christianity is the fastest spreading religion in the world. It has grown by leaps and bounds in Africa, South America, and Asia. Islam’s growth rate is primarily because of its birthrate; Christianity’s growth rate is because of conversions. This fact alone is significant.
One bastion of humanism in the West after another is failing. This is the prelude to repudiation and the search for an alternative. Humanistic Darwinianism is under attack from all quarters, humanistic education can no longer hide its descent into institutionalized lunacy, humanistic courts are clearly places of blatant injustice, and our humanistic governments face approaching insolvency of fiat currency.
“All bad” you might say! Yes, but this failure of humanism also represents the judgment of God. Men do not pursue failure when it becomes obvious. The failure of humanism is becoming increasingly obvious.
When Christ compared the growth of the Kingdom to leaven (yeast) He meant it was not apparent to the human eye. He also told us to walk by faith not by sight. If we are to ignore our Lord’s command and walk by sight, we ought at least expand our view of the world beyond the American media, its politics, and its entertainment industry.
There are great gains for the Kingdom of Christ going on in our lifetime.
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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.