"When our Lord declared, "ALL POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28:18), He did not limit that total power which He as King of Creation exercises to the narrow confines of man's soul. Christ's "all power" is over all things in heaven and in earth in their every aspect, and over every atom, moment, and possibility in all of creation. He is the Lord, lord over all. To limit His lordship and power to the church is as absurd as limiting the sun to shining over Europe, or selected portions thereof. Even less than we can limit the sun to one continent or one country can we limit Christ the King to one sphere or institution. To do so is a denial of His deity and is practical atheism." - R.J. Rushdoony
“What you have as heritage, take now as task; for thus you will make it your own”. - Goethe
"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways... and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." - Jer. 6:16
Dear Fellow Christian Gentlemen,
We stand at the edge of a epoch-changing time in our history. The lot has been cast. It has fallen to us to be the generation of men upon which much, if not all, of our future will be written. As I pen these words, the very foundation of our society is crumbling to the ground around us. Rampant demagoguery, decadence, and degeneracy has befallen us and we find ourselves pressed sorely under the hard Providences of a holy and righteous God. The spiritual weaponry of Christ's and our enemies are being wielded this very moment. The tips of their spears and the edges of their swords have been shaped and sharpened; anxious to draw your blood (if only figuratively for the moment). No one remains safe. God's enemies are eagerly anticipating the death and destruction of the Christian man. They long to see an end to all that the Christian holds precious and dear. The enemy's joy and satisfaction, his glorious victory will only be realized as your faith, your convictions, the people and possessions you treasure most (and if needs be your life), along with the ideals you value and the principles upon which you stand united with your brothers in Christ are completely wiped from the face of the earth, stricken from history, and covered in the fullness of the wickedness and depravity of fallen man.
The gauntlet has been thrown down. A challenge has been given. The prince of the power of this world and his minions have rallied together on the field of battle and they are relentlessly determined to send you to your demise. Therefore it is here and it is now that we, as men standing firm upon our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, must answer the call to service in our Master's army. It is now that serious conviction must root out flaccid complacency. Righteous principle must triumph over godless apathy. Fear must flee in the face of a fierceness and determination like that of our once honorable forefathers. It is up to this generation of would-be-warriors to face our enemies on the battlefield, robed in the full armor of God, and prepared to live, or if needs be die, for the cause of Christ! What we, dear brethren, have as a rich and precious heritage, the faith handed down to us, we must now take as our calling and task. Only then do we make it our own. There is an old path, a better way. There is the grace of God and the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit to quicken and strengthen us for what lies ahead. Be it in our coveted churches, in our homes and by our firesides, or in the realm of public opinion, civil affairs and cultural controversy, may we be found fighting the good fight of the Faith once delivered to us by the beloved saints.
The hour is at hand. The time has come. Chose this day whom you will serve. May the men of God in my generation, those of this era, be found faithful in their calling. May history record of many great deeds done, of higher and more nobler victories won, and of the mighty advancement of God's kingdom accomplished at the hearts and hands of my fellow brothers. Yes, we may stand at the edge of an epoch-changing time. Yes, if we fail to act today, the heritage we leave for tomorrow's children may be one of dread, despair and shame. But there is hope! Greater is He that is in you, then he that is in the world. Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) was an English writer, author and poet. One of his best known works was a rousing call to tired soldiers to keep up the good fight entitled, "Say not the struggle nought availeth". Be encouraged my brothers. Trust in God and you will find rest for your soul. I leave you with Mr. Clough's though-provoking poem. Will you join me?
"Say not the struggle nought availeth, the labor and the wounds are in vain,
the enemy faints not, nor faileth, and as things have been, things remain.
If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars; it may be, in yon smoke concealed,
your comrades chase e'en now the fliers, and, but for you, possess the field.
For while the tired waves, vainly breaking, seem here no painful inch to gain,
far back through creeks and inlets making, came silent, flooding in, the main.
And not by eastern windows only, when daylight comes, comes in the light,
in front the sun climbs slow, how slowly, but westward, look, the land is bright!"
Post tenebras lux,
Presidential elections are a little more than a year out and the future leadership of our country is looking rather bleak. The dross of society appears to be rising to the top and rather than being scooped out as something undesired, the dross is being elected and appointed to the highest offices in our land.
For the Christian whose heart is set upon seeing our nation thoroughly 'Christianized', we must first deal with the harsh reality that a) society is rapidly moving away from a morality based upon godly, biblical principles and b) it doesn't look (humanly speaking) like God is in the mood to send a revival sufficent to turn the tide in the opposite direction.
So, what is the Christian to do? We are to be about our Father's business (Luke 2:49). When God is working through His providence rather than through a more powerful dispensation of His grace, the believer needs to recognize this and live, act, and think accordingly. Involved in this living, acting and thinking biblically is the idea of incrementalism.
Jesus came to earth to establish a kingdom. And with one word, one wave his hand, Jesus could have instantly transformed the kingdoms of this world into the kingdom of God. But He didn't. Rome stayed in charge. Caesar remained on the throne. Why? Jesus worked incrementally. Jesus began the work. He started the process of building the Father's kingdom, leaving it to His disciples and His church to see it's complete fruition. And this is our calling, even today.
In comes Ron Paul. Supporting Ron Paul as President could be seen by the Christian as an incremental step towards seeing his heart's desire fulfilled - a Christian country. Paul, at his core, is a staunch libertarian whose borrowing much of his worldview from historic Christianity, and who wants everyone to benefit from the freedoms found in Jesus Christ, but he remains a candidate who falls short in making the vital connection between maintaining a deeply private faith and advocating for a consistent openly public expression of that Faith.
So, while Ron Paul may not be the ideal candidate, he might very well be the Christian's candidate. And the incrementalist will see that. Paul will not advocate for the crown rights of King Jesus. But if Ron Paul were to be elected, it could be viewed as a providental step, an incremental step, towards that day when Christians may be able to elect a man who will be a true ambassador for our Lord.