Christianity and Culture (11)

 

                                  Conclusion

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation (II Cor.5:19).

Men have and will continue to try and change the world by other means than the Gospel, but the gospel is the only lasting one. Why?

It addresses the roots of the real and perennial problem that people have. People are alienated from God through their sin, and the only remedy is the blood of Jesus Christ.

So cultural change really is possible, but it has to be initiated through individual conversion, so that individuals, families, communities and nations are changed from the ground up, not by some kind of human imposition from on high.

Of course this seems impossible and unbelievable, apart from faith in God. But conversion seems unbelievable, too. The God Who can convert a sinner by the power of the Holy Spirit, can most certainly convert whole nations, too. What’s good for one will be good for millions.

Clearly, this can be the work of the Holy Spirit alone, as He uses His faithful servants to preach and effect change, through the gospel.

Even nationally? Of course.

“Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declares the Lord. “Many nations will join themselves to the Lord in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you” (Zech.2:10-11).

We Christians say we believe the Bible, and believing it, we should then act on it. We are obliged to figure out what Biblical culture would be like, and pursue it. It means that we change. We accept that every government is a theocracy, and so we believe in the whole-hearted acceptance of the legitimacy of the Ten Commandments in the church and society, along with those aspects of Biblical law which are carried into the New Testament, such as Exodus 21-23, along with parallel passages in the Pentateuch.

We change by doing the things we should be doing. That means tithing to our church 10% of after tax income (Mal.3:8-12), we are committed to church membership, taking an interest and participating in all of our church’s affairs (I Tim.3:1-10).

We are frugal with the money the God of heaven entrusts to us (Luke 16:10), we get our children out of public education and keep them out, taking the entire responsibility for their education (Eph.6:4). And we oppose abortion, as the murder of the unborn.

We put money aside to care for those who truly can’t work or care for themselves (Gal.2:10; 6:10), beginning with our own family (I Tim.5:8), while we vote in opposition to socialist, high tax candidates who want to keep us in bondage by borrowing more money and wasting it on evil, foolish schemes, even when it is supposedly for the poor (Prov.12:10).

We vote against all government attempts to manipulate the economy directly or indirectly, by “stimulus packages,” manipulating interest rates, handouts to selected groups within the community, encouraging negative gearing on investment properties, providing government “guarantees” to maintain banks in a crisis, and giving tax breaks to companies in selected industries.

We oppose the legitimisation of dangerous bank practices such as fractional reserve lending, when banks have promoted inflation by sometimes lending money they don’t have in reserve, thus placing their whole institution in danger in a time of widespread bankruptcy.

We take responsibility for our health and don’t expect the government to give us money to get medical assistance, we are diligent employees wanting to do the best job we can, seeking to be resourceful by working 6 days a week to maximise income, and we make plans for the time when we really won’t be able to work anymore, so we never become a burden on others (Prov.12:27; II Thess.3:7-12; II Cor.12:14).

We oppose all government interventions in the free-market and oppose tariffs, so that those who want to buy things from overseas can do so at the lowest possible prices, so that overseas producers get our money, and local producers of such goods either have to get competitive or get out (Lev.19:35-36).

We oppose the politics of envy, manifested in such forms as graduated taxation. No one should have to pay a higher rate of taxation, merely because they earned more (Lev.19:15, 35-37).

We oppose all foreign wars as being expensive, foolish adventures by political leaders who are more concerned with appeasing military contractors, along with other nation’s political leaders, gambling with the lives of their own soldiers who joined up to defend their nation, not invade other nations (II Cor.6:14-16).

We encourage laws to be changed to obey the Bible. We vote to see capital punishment replace gaol sentences for murder, with the community being made responsible to carry it out properly and publicly, rather than the tax-payer be burdened with maintaining convicted murderers in gaol, only to be let out to do it again (Gen.9:6).

We vote for restitution for much criminal behaviour, so that thieves and like criminals have to restore at least twice what they steal, and they don’t go to gaol (Ex.22:7). After 3 offences they are obviously stubborn and rebellious, deserving execution (Deut.21:18-21).

We vote to strengthen traditional marriage between a man and a woman only, to oppose No-Fault Divorce (Heb.13:4), along with all perversions (Lev.18:22-30), and we vote to repeal anti-discrimination legislation, so individuals and companies are free to conduct business with those individuals or companies they wish to (II Cor.3:17).

As the church progressively shows itself capable of taking up greater levels of social responsibility, we vote to progressively close down the multitude of unnecessary government functions and departments, with their these tasks being taken up by individuals, companies and community groups, like churches (Titus 3:8, 14). And all with a view of getting taxes down to under 10% (see I Sam.8).

Conclusion:

No society can or should be changed by imposition from on high; it has to begin and be embraced in the grass-roots, for there to be lasting, healthy change. Christians must preach the Gospel, and to be responsible to preach the law of God as being normative for a free, just and healthy society.

We cannot ever expect to have a Christian culture without Biblical law, for culture springs from law, which itself always comes from religious origins.

Do we really want a Christian society?

Christianity can reconstruct the culture; nothing else can (Gary North).

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