Replacing the Establishment

Christians have been on the outside looking in for over 100 years. They are completely unprepared to offer any other explanations of social cause-and-effect. They have been indoctrinated by their enemies. They have baptized their enemies’ theories. They are utterly helpless in offering any significant alternative outlook.

So, there’s going to be tremendous demand by the public for alternative explanations, yet at the same time, there is no hard core of intellectual leaders who are in a position to take advantage of this increased demand. The public is going to want better explanations, yet the supply of coherent representatives of rival views is limited…

We know this much about how societies change. When large numbers of people lose faith in the system of government under which they have lived for several generations, because of the failure of that government to deliver on what it promised to the people, a new generation of intellectuals goes looking for alternative explanations and better ways of doing things. They want theoretical justification for what they are recommending. This is the great opportunity.[1]

The Bible really is an astonishing book. If it’s the Word of God, we should expect ashtonishment. When God was planning to show forth His power over Egypt, giving her seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine, who did He choose to reveal this to Pharoah, along with what Pharoah should do?  A great-grandson of Abraham, a godly man in an Egyptian prison called Joseph.

We’d better accept these kinds of astonishing facts, because the Bible says that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” (Heb.13:8).

Pharoah needed a man who knew what he was talking about, and Joseph was that man. This should both warn and encourage us: Christians today need to be religiously, ideologically and intellectually prepared for the huge challenges that are coming in the next decades.

This is not going to be easy, for we’re like everyone else: we resist change. We want things to go on, just as they have done. But God is going to see to it that they won’t.

How do we know that?

One of the Achilles heels of the Establishment is government debt, along with government commitments to keep doing what they’ve been doing. You can only do this for so long, until the cracks start appearing, and all the unsustainable promises that go back now for generations begin to come home to roost. Like this one:

I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.

The theological principle is this: judgment preceeds salvation.

God judged Adam and Eve in the garden for their sin, but afterwards clothed them with skins.

God judged Egypt through the plagues, along with Pharoah and his army drowning in the Red Sea. And what came next? Israel was miraculously delivered from bondage.

Every crisis is also an opportunity for God’s people to show responsibility. Why is this important? Because anything of any value always commences with responsibility.

Think of the Incarnation. The Persons of the Trinity decided there was a problem with humanity, which was sin, and that something needed to be done to solve this problem.  They announced this in Genesis 3:15, and Jesus Christ was sent into the world to save sinners.

That happened 2,000 years ago, but people in their rebellion and sin keep on doing the same old things, leading to more of the same ugly and painful consequences, and judgement.

So, we will be obligated before God to take some initiatives. It will be family by family, and then church by church, and all based around the notion of Biblical, Christian responsibility.

Consider this challenge from Jesus:

When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbours, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, since they do not have the means to repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous (Luke 14:12-14).

Could welfare really be a vital opportunity for the church to demonstrate its practical care in the community?

Absolutely. My attitude is that God is going to judge the welfare State, with all its blasphemous pretensions. This will be both shocking and painful, as the welfare State goes the way of all flesh. Yet it could very well prove to be the opportunity that God uses, to glorify His Name, through His people.

Consider this text:

God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us- Selah. That Your way may be known upon the earth, Your salvation among all the nations (Ps.68:1-2).

The Establishment needs replacing, but not through a violent revolution with bombs and guns. When it shows itself to be utterly incompetent, the community will be looking for a replacement that works. It will not be grandiose or imposing, much less blow a big trumpet. It will have to be Biblical, sound and practical, with answers to the big questions put to it. That will be a major challenge for the church to answer.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                We cannot beat something with nothing, so we Christians had better get our act together. That will require our time, money (the tithe), inconvenience and suffering: the usual things. It means figuring out how to address the major problems locally, that will most certainly arise when the government payments run out, and there are a lot of people who are both hungry and angry, and who need practical help, now.

That will be a crisis for western nations, along with a huge opportunity.

Will we be ready for it?

 

 

[1] Gary North (www.garynorth.com), “On Replacing the Establishment Before 2100,” 19/6/2017.

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