From Generation to Generation (6)

…Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted (Mat.15:13).

Jesus Christ was not complimentary about everything in Israel in His era, and we shouldn’t be today, either. There is a lot to be changed, and Christians ought to be first among those who are seeking change.

Because we are to be seeking “first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Mat.6:33), we have a significant task to embark on, which will take us way beyond our lifetimes.

And it’s not just some individuals that need to change, though that’s of great importance. There will need to be institutional change, beginning with families, followed by churches, communities, then whole nations. We really are talking about significant social change over generations.

Is that really possible?

I’m certain it is, because of what the scripture says. The Psalmist declared that

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will worship before You (Ps.22:27).

Jesus taught us that “the kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened” (Mat.13:33). He also encouraged His disciples, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

We will get hastened and pushed in the process, by God Himself. He will do this through His Word and His Holy Spirit, and He will use external factors like economics to give us “encouragement.” Think of what a depression could do to the reputation of governments, which for generations have pretended to be our economic Saviours.

If the world has been in decline for generations, it was preceded in that decline, by the church. And when the church itself is sliding, how will it stop the world from going downhill?

Let me give you an example. Think of the sermons you’ve heard in church, in your life-time. Have you heard a preacher speak of the evils of socialism and public education? And if you haven’t heard much on this touchy, controversial subject, could there be a reason? Could it be that the church today has so lost its vision, that it really doesn’t care that public education is a means of handing your children over to a pagan, godless State?

And could it be that “Public Health” is seen as legitimate by church leaders? Public Education, Public Health and Public Welfare are bumbling, bureaucratic monstrosities that do a great job of wasting vast amounts of taxpayer’s money with little to show for it, and it’s all predictable.

How is it predictable?

Because the Bible says that “…the compassion of the wicked is cruel” (Prov.12:10). If that’s the case in your experience, it should tell you there is a lot to be done, and it has to begin in church, which is “…the pillar and support of the truth” (I Tim.3:15).

Quite simply, we have evils in society because the church tolerates them. Sometimes, the church thinks it will profit from them, in the same way that Judas had profited from being Jesus’ holder of the bag (Jn.12:6). Now that’s taking corruption to another level.

This means we have to start rolling back some bad habits that wriggled into the church, and not everyone that tries to do that is appreciated. Why?

Lots of Christians have got their hands in the Cookie Jar of taxpayer funds. Think of the Youth Allowance, Family Payments, Medicare Cards and rebates, baby allowances, Child-Care payments and pensions. Then there are the government payments to private schools and private hospitals, all of which are contingent on school and hospital “compliance.”

But this much is clear:

You take the king’s shilling- you’ll do the king’s bidding.

And we wonder if we’ll ever see such a thing as governments that get out of debt, or could you believe it? Tax cuts.

I presently work for a government registered and funded private school, but if the government attempts to control and fund education finally collapse, I’ll be breaking open the champagne.

I have a Medicare card and I use it, because it’s a way of getting back some of my confiscated taxes. I’ll rejoice when that system finally goes the way of all flesh, and I along with everyone else, have to pay for all my medical treatment. This is a matter of personal responsibility, and I believe this is at least one of the things that Paul was referring to, when he taught that “…each one will bear his own load” (Gal.6:5).

Of course, there will be many who say, “Andrew, we’ve been doing this for generations now. What’s the problem? Everyone’s used to it.

Yes, everyone’s used to it. We’ve got used to corruption, waste and service that is third rate from bureaucracies. And we’ve also gotten used to ungodliness at the same time. Think of 90,000 abortions annually in Australia funded by the tax-payer, with State and Federal government sanction. God is holy, and He holds His people, His Church accountable. We are the ones responsible to bring salt and light into the midst of the community; no one else.

Just think of these couple of facts. The Bible doesn’t give the government the responsibility for education, health or welfare. These are individual, family and church responsibilities, which the majority of the church has been avoiding now, for generations.

The early church cared for its widows (see Acts 6), and Paul explained to the Galatians that the other apostles “…asked us to remember the poor-the very thing I also was eager to do” (Gal.2:10). Then he taught “while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal.6:10).

But we in the church have been saying now for generations, “Let the government do all this,” and so it did, and things started going downhill all throughout the West, and we had to start paying Income Tax and later, a bundle of other taxes, and we found ourselves with this new phenomena-governments in debt. Surprise, surprise!

But Abram had a different expectation from governments; he didn’t want anything from them. When he’d fought and rescued his relative Lot, and tithed to Melchizedek, the king of Sodom said to him, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.” But Abram responded,

I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ (Gen.14:22-23).

Moses’ attitude was the same. The New Testament’s commentary on Exodus tells us that he

refused to be called the son of Pharoah’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward (Heb.11:24-26).

Conclusion:

It’s time it all changed. It will not happen overnight; it can’t. There aren’t the people to carry the load. But it can commence, and it must be God’s people that start the ball rolling in obedience to God.

Christians have got a job to do. It begins with preaching the gospel, and there are innumerable and far-reaching social implications, all beginning with godly responsibility.

Even the good kings of ancient Judah, who expelled the worship of the Baals from the temple, left the Asherim and their devotees undisturbed on the hills. So rooted in communal life these deities became, that it was unthinkable to be rid of them…The West is similarly plagued with major and minor idols, some of them all but invisible. It is hard to imagine a more important or satisfying role than to embark on the spiritual, intellectual, and political adventure of working toward stripping them, root and branch, from the land. [1]

Is this what you’re ready for?

 

 

 

[1] Herbert Schlossberg, in Gary North (Ed), “Tactics of Christian Resistance,”1983, p.99.

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