Christianity and Government 7 – Towards the Future

Civilisations come and go, but the kingdom of God goes on forever.
Daniel’s interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Dan.2) showed that
kingdoms built on the shaky foundation of the sovereignty of man cannot
last. The history books show that every empire-building civilisation
collapses in time. Christians in understanding this, must begin to
prepare for the future, even if they do not see the fulfillment of what
they are commencing in their lifetime. God tells His people that their
earthly efforts have meaning in time and eternity.

Socialism is finished: it is destroying itself, and
although the worst lies ahead, the certainty of socialism’s collapse is
nonetheless inescapable, and it must be a basic premise of all thinking
concerning the future. The central concern even now must be
reconstruction, the creation of new institutions dedicated to liberty,
education to that end, and the assurance that the fresh air of liberty
is ahead, past the days of chaos.1


Christians must believe and preach the whole counsel of God. We need
a full-orbed gospel that offers comprehensive salvation. We need
healing-not just spiritual and physical, but cultural healing. We need
the doctrine of the resurrection-the resurrection, restoration and
reconstruction of every area of life, to the glory of God. We need to
subdue the earth (Gen.1:26-28) to the glory of God. We need to fulfill
the Great Commission: the discipling of the nations (R. N., p.157).

Politics is simply the organized activity of those who are exercising legal and economic power as citizens of the nations. Since the Lord has given us the task of holding ‘dominion . . . over all the earth” (Genesis 1:26), we are not taking up our assisted role as stewards if we refuse to become involved in the activities of governing.  I further point out: How can we disciple the earth if we are not involved in running it? 2

Unbelief and its first cousin, pessimism, have always robbed the
church of its vitality, since the days that the ten spies viewed the
giants in the promised land (Nu.13:25-33). As the inhabitants of the
land were clearly afraid and could be defeated, so they can and will be
defeated in history. But this requires capital in the broadest sense to
be built up.

God requires us to work confidently for the victory He wishes to
give us, which has already been won on the cross. Every Christian must
apply themselves to the long-term task at hand, “not despising the day of small things” (Zech.4:10), knowing that “your toil is not in vain in the Lord”
(I Cor.15:58). Psalm110 clearly teaches us that Jesus will stay at the
right hand of His Father, until all His enemies are made His footstool,
and that is the task of His people, in the power of the Holy Spirit. We
are the inheritors: what have we been waiting for? 

1. Rushdoony, R. J., “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.641-644.
North, G., “Liberating Planet Earth,” 1987, p.25.

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