Jumping off a Cliff

By Mark R. Rushdoony
September 06, 2022

We are told in Matthew 5:45 that God “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the just…” Both blessings and curses work their way through a social and economic order.

For many years the West has lived off the blessings of a once deeply-rooted Christian ethic. My whole life I have heard that we are spending our “Christian capital” and I am now a senior citizen! It now appears our bank account is dropping so low that more than Christians are noting the alarming degradation of our culture. Over sixty years ago, my father began pointing out elements of our society that reflected a downward spiral, a flight from God’s reality that Cornelius Van Til called an “integration into the void.” Today, it is not hard to hear prominent voices advocating our further descent. The degradation around us is the curse of rebellion against God. Too often we think of God’s curse as His specific and targeted retribution; most often God’s judgment is a direct consequence of man’s sin. In other words, when you jump off a cliff, God does not have to point His finger at you and pronounce a curse on your folly. The consequences of such folly are built into the physics of God’s creation. This is just as true in the moral sphere as it is in the physical. Fighting God’s built-in rules and parameters is going to result in our hurt.

When my father began his writing, he highlighted the folly of our humanistic educational system because he saw where it was going. As the years go by, we witness the increasing failures of humanism. In one area after another we have “jumped off a cliff.” As I write, the consequences of a century of government spending and the creation of fiat currency are becoming evident. Inflation causes a decreasing purchasing power that hurts “the evil and the good…the just and the unjust” alike.

The problems we face are systemic because we have been on a foolhardy course for several generations. Don’t blame them all on Biden, and don’t expect to resolve them in the next Congressional or Presidential elections.

We have built a house on sand so it is doomed to collapse. Christian Reconstruction is about building on the rock, Jesus Christ, His Lordship, His Kingdom. That Kingdom will not only survive, it will prosper. We must all continue to proclaim the claims of our King.

Topics: Biblical Law, Culture , Economics

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

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.

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