The Beginnings of Christian Reform (11)

Emerging from Egypt’s Education

Behold, My servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice for the nations, He will not cry out or raise His voice, nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed until He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law (Isa.42:1-4).

The vast majority of people who’ve been in bondage all their life, hardly know it.

Why? It’s normal for them. Try opening the cage door of a bird who has been there all along. Does he immediately fly out the open door? No, he’s never been out there, and he’s not used to liberty. He’s afraid to go.

This is our problem. All over the West, the community isn’t really used to liberty. It’s been used to being familiar with the rules, and following them. We grumble and complain about high taxes, and the fact that we get little for all we pay, but that’s all. At the end of the day, we go along.

All this will have to change, and it will probably be Christians who lead the way. It should be Christians who lead the way. But if we want to lead the way, we’ll have to make huge changes now, beginning with how we think about obeying God, and how we act as a result. But there will probably be a financial crisis first, or a series of them, which makes it clear that change is now essential.

Bondage always begins with individual irresponsibility, and ignoring God’s law.

The way out of bondage? Obedience to God’s law, along with personal, family and church responsibility: something that’s been disappearing from Western society.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Josh.1:8).

Where is bondage for the West, today? The welfare, socialist, fascist State, which dominates western nations. Cradle to grave, womb to tomb, the State keeps making its promises to provide for and keep us, but it never can. A financial crisis will show that all the grand promises have disappeared in smoke.

Public education is one of the State’s most vulnerable points, and an essential component of where the Christian family should begin to show themselves faithful to God.

How? By getting the children out, and home schooling them.

You may be thinking, “That’s very controversial.” Of course it is. Your obedience to God in practice (not just theory) is always going to be controversial, and will divide those that know you. What did you expect: everyone would be sympathetic, would understand, and appreciate what you’ve done?

Home schooling children goes against the grain of conformity to the State. It is saying, “There’s a better way to do this, and we’re going to do it.” It is a godly way of saying “No,” to the control and manipulation of children by the State.

And there’s more, much more. It is saying,

My children belong to God, and as a parent I’m responsible for them. I’m obliged to prepare them for the service of God. That means training, discipleship and preparation for a life of godly service.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                         

It’s time we Christians reversed the trend. We have to begin a shift away from the Biblical imagery of Egypt: control and slavery. All the pretensions of the welfare State have always been a sham, and so we Christians have to commence the process of responsibility: the pursuit and use of freedom, with Biblical responsibility and faithfulness, applying the scriptures to all of life. That means education, health, welfare, defence, taxation, economics, government, law and more.

All these things are in the Bible, and God wants us and our children to be both knowledgeable and influential on these subjects, and more. Whether its education or whatever, it’s time we flew out of the cage.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed (Jn.8:36).

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