Many have expressed their heartfelt appreciation for R. J. Rushdoony and his expounding the relevance and necessity of the law for the Christian in his sanctification. I will remember Rush as the person God used to "turn the lights on" to help me see that God's Word all of it was not just to be consulted, but to be digested and utilized in every area of life and thought.
Once this concept was understood and grasped, I was like a toddler, who having just discovered the ability to walk, wanted to run everywhere and do everything trying out my new skill to make an impact for Christ. However, my circumstances as a wife and the mother of two children made it so "learning to walk better" was the most I could do. Institutes of Biblical Law, Law and Liberty, The Atheism of the Early Church, Revolt Against Maturity, Thy Kingdom Come, The Philosophy of the Christian Curriculum, Chalcedon Reports & Position Papers, and tapes, all authored by R. J. Rushdoony, along with other authors he pointed me towards, took the "toddler in the faith" and helped her mature into a Christian woman.
Then, I was ready to see my calling in the kingdom within the context of being a wife and mother. God opened up doors for me to utilize my specific gifts to fulfill the Great Commission mandate and teach my children and those of other home schooling families. It was then that Rush and Dorothy asked me to help with the work of getting his books in print. What an honor! What a privilege! What an amazing thing! They wanted my help! My help was good enough for them? First typing, then typesetting, then acting in the capacity of publishing coordinator working with others around the country to bring his unpublished work into print, so that others like me could have the Scripture opened up to them in a powerful way.
Since then, my husband, Ford, and I have worked to replicate the process that we went through and to help "turn the lights on" for others we meet. We help them learn to "walk better" by giving them good material to read and apply. And then, we ask them to help. Amazing what happens when you let people help! Their God-given talents emerge things that are monumental or unobtainable by others are just what "they've always been good at" and a community develops and the kingdom progresses.
When you look at it from one perspective, none of us are really ever good enough to help further the kingdom. None of us really has anything of merit to offer until regenerated by the Spirit, we respond with, "Lord, what would you have me do?" Then and only then are we qualified to obey the Living God and be fruitful and multiply.
Thanks to a godly man and his wife, my husband and I became more equipped to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We were able to utilize the gifts and talents God designed into us, and responded to His calling on our lives. May all who have benefited from the ministry and friendship of R. J. Rushdoony continue to serve the Lord until we meet our dear friend again in heaven.
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].