As a chaplain with the local fire district, I am sometimes asked to scenes where there has been an unexpected death. For many of the survivors it is the worst day of their life. As a chaplain, mine is a ministry of compassion and comfort for a time that is very stressful. Those with a Christian faith are the easiest to deal with because they have that as a larger context and hope in which they can place their loss. At death, the Christian can take refuge in the larger picture of what the Bible says about death, resurrection, and eternity. When my father served as a missionary pastor on a very remote Indian reservation, he was invited to every burial, Christian or not. The Indians recognized that Christianity had a lot more to say about death than their own traditions.
Death is beyond us, so we think in religious terms when it confronts us. Yet we should also think in terms of our larger religious worldview in matters that relate to our everyday life and actions. This is the ministry of Chalcedon. It is a “worldview” organization; though I prefer the term “world and life view” because it clearly implies our thinking must control our actions. I have often defined Christian Reconstruction as the work of describing the responsibilities of the citizen of the Kingdom of God.
The world of our day is self-destructing. It is coming to the logical end of its rebellion against God. A change is necessarily approaching, though I do not presume to know its course or timing. The comfort of the Christian faith must not be limited to death and dying. If we believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the certain advance of His Kingdom, we can see a world in disarray and still have confidence that all things work together for good to them that love God, who are the called according to His purpose.
- 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.