Since September of 2001, more and more Americans have become aware of the importance of the U. S. Constitution. This is a good thing, because now more citizens are casting a suspicious eye towards the growing menace of American statism. The advent of the so-called “War on Terror” brought massive expansions in police state measures, and for the first time, millions of Americans were awakened to see that America wasn’t quite the “land of the free.”
However, with the Obama administration, a socialistic drive took over, and we saw the American state push into greater entitlements. In addition, we’re witnessing the rapid decline in the moral capital upon which America was established—a moral capital that was most certainly Christian. The nation has never been so divided on so many fronts. For some, the call is to return to a limited role of the American state—the one that was spelled out in the Constitution.
Many Christians have supported this emphasis as well, but is the Constitution the answer? For the Christian, a belief in the “return to the past”—whether politically or religiously—is a common misconception, but it may be hindering the church from its proper focus.
Is There a Golden Age of Christianity?
Throughout its two thousand year history, the church has never experienced a “golden age” of Christianity. That lies in our future, and that’s the great hope of postmillennialism that we work towards each and every day as we are faithful to God’s law and our calling to dominion. Our responsibility, therefore, is to become “more Christian” in our time, and not try to recapture the Christianity of the past.
Take a few minutes right now to listen to Chalcedon President, Mark Rushdoony, explain how Christian Reconstructionists should address our contemporary crisis regarding Christianity and the U.S. Constitution.
- 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.