Changed Men -Changed Nations

Changed Men -Changed Nations

By Andrew McColl, 5/10/2010.

The Bible never asks us to change men: regeneration is the power reserved to God, and it surpasses change: it is a new creation. What the Bible does require of us is that, having been made a new creation in Christ, we exercise the creation mandate of Genesis 1:26-28, to subdue the earth and to exercise dominion in every area of life and thought in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. This calling of the Christian man to govern the world is underscored by St Paul, who writes, “Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?” (I Corinthians 6:2). The church, St Paul says, is a training ground to prepare the covenant man to judge, i.e., to govern, to exercise dominion, over the world, in time and eternity.[1]

When God called Moses, He didn’t leave him the way he was. Before he would be effective as God’s instrument to confront Pharoah and lead the nation of Israel, Moses would have to change. So, a calling from God for an individual, inevitably means change.

We can learn from this piece of Biblical history that the gospel applies firstly, to individuals. Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ are initially individual issues.  Paul instructed us that as a result of becoming a Christian, “he who steals must steal no longer, but rather he must labour…” (Eph.4:28).

But it is a serious mistake to limit the Bible to the individual, because individuals are generally part of something bigger than themselves. Husbands and wives are married, and they generally have children. Paul and Silas declared to the Philippian jailer, “believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31).  So, beginning in Genesis, the Bible has a lot to say about the family.

Families join churches, they live in communities, and are a part of a nation. This is why the Bible says so much to couples, to families, to churches and to inhabitants of nations. Thus the individual aspects of the Bible are just the beginning of its application.

This is an issue that the modern church has been reluctant to address. It is easier to address the individual, perhaps the couple and family, and then leave it at that. But that is to leave us in the nursery of the Christian faith, failing to grow up and be effective. The fact is, the church is to be God’s instrument in the world.

So, the elders of every church must have a vision to ensure that the responsibility and callings of the individual, the family, the church and the nation are systematically and regularly addressed by the church’s ministry. That means that we have to address the issues that relate to the development of a Christian world view in the church, so that the church can be effective in the world, as God planned it to be. That means politics, government, economics, education and law according to the Bible, must be understood properly and taught. That way, the church can go about ensuring “the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph.4:12).

Does this mean the church’s leadership has to change? Of course.

Be inconvenienced? Yes.

Develop their thinking? Absolutely.

Do some hard work? Undoubtedly.

But this is what the Bible is ultimately referring to, when it says “you who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes Jerusalem a praise in the earth” (Isa.62:6b-7).

The loss of leadership and ministry of the church in the world, is directly related to the church’s loss of understanding and vision for reclaiming the whole world, with all its legitimate Biblical institutions, (beginning with the family, the Church and the State) one step at a time.

Isn’t it time this all changed?


[1] Rushdoony, R. J., “The Death of Meaning,” 2002, p.97-98.

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