The direct attacks on Christianity are getting bolder and more frequent. “Hate speech” laws in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe are so broadly applied they are being used against Christians for speaking about moral issues that once shaped Christendom. College campuses have applied an even broader view interpretation to the extent that free speech is now selectively allowed against any Christian or Biblical idea, but not in its favor.
Such attacks on Christianity in the media are often made around Christmas and Easter. Just look at the magazines at the grocery store checkout this Easter season, or the featured articles on your smartphone’s news apps. They use Christian “holy seasons” as opportunities to inject doubts as to the accuracy of Biblical accounts or to suggest new discoveries have revealed the “real” gospel or the “historic” Jesus. The not-so-hidden message is that Christianity cannot be the basis for any social norms or action because it is based on fraud.
When Paul preached on Mars Hill, he went to the core of their unbelief. He presented a sovereign God and Jesus Christ as His Messiah Who would one day judge them. This is still our message, but how do we present it to a world which holds God and His Christ in such contempt?
The short answer to that is “faithfully.” God demands faithfulness of us, not results. He turns the heart of men to Himself in various ways. Some of those work corporately in terms of judgments, humblings, and crises. That is, the failures of modern man may provide our best opportunities to reach men. Everywhere we see the failures of statism, humanistic education, and the corruption of art, politics, money, and more.
In the midst of their own failure, secular humanists will strike out at Christianity because they are hateful of its implications. This is the vehemence toward Christianity that we are now witnessing. The forces of humanism feel threatened and are reacting viciously. However, the victory, we must remember, shall be ours because it has already been accomplished in Jesus Christ. Let the suicide of the traitor Judas be our warning. If we know we are on the winning side of time and eternity, being faithful to our King is our only hope. Because God’s grace found us, we can only find ourselves in Him.
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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.