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.