The Biblical Basis for Christian Optimism (II)

If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land (Lev.26:3-5).

Christian optimism is legitimate when the church begins to deal properly with the Biblical fundamentals: God’s Word and Law, the family and the church. Our failure in the west over 300 years has been because we fled the field on these issues. So, our success will result from us returning to these fundamentals, and obediently addressing them.

The growth in Christian home schooling over the last generation which is continuing, is one positive result from this. Christian families, viewing the poor standards of the public school system, began to re-consider their attitudes to education in the light of scripture. As a result many thousands over time in Australia alone, have decided to either withdraw their children from public education, or never send them there in the first place, preferring instead to give them a Christian education at home.

This has made a significant difference to those individual families, and it has the capacity in the long-term to make a difference in the church and the community as more and more Christian families lead the way in home educating their children. Something exciting has begun.

What happened? Families discovered that education is a parental responsibility according to the law of God (Deut.6 &11), and is a subject raised in scripture as far back as the time of Abraham (Gen.18:19).

They realised that State education meant the steady inculcation of a humanistic world view, godless teachers, and a godless peer-group, for 12 years: 14,400 hours of a child’s life. All of these things were in direct violation of the Ten Commandments. Whoops!

So good education is something much more than simply having a chaplain at the State school, or even taking children out of that State system. It is a matter of obedience to God.

This is something that has the capacity to transform the church and the nation, in the long-term. As a result, I’m optimistic about it. Not only did we home-school our children, but I am actively involved in promoting home-schooling through my business, Hebron Home schoolers, and my associated website: www.hebron.com.au.

In all of this, two important things are happening. Firstly, Christian children have been removed from the clutches of a manipulative, godless, humanistic State and are given a Christian education at home. Secondly, Christians are becoming aware that the law of God has all manner of application to daily affairs, including (but not limited to) education.

Unless conservative Christians can present a forward-looking, optimistic vision for society, then they will continue to allow socialism and other unbiblical political systems to succeed.

…But the beginning step is to reclaim our children: reclaim them from a host of educational evils into which most Christians send them every day without much thought. It proceeds with the elimination of hypocrisy in countless areas of our life and thought. It progresses with the full Reformation of every area of life according to Scripture, and the establishment of that social vision in the pulpits as well.[1]

We have sayings for this kind of phenomena: “From little things, big things grow,” or “every long journey starts with a few small steps.” There are scriptural sayings, too: “Who has despised the day of small things?” (Zech.4:10) And this one: “The smallest one will become a clan, and the least mighty one a mighty nation. I the Lord, will hasten it in its time” (Isa.60:22).

Now, if God’s law applies to our children’s education, what else does it apply to? How about law, government, economics, taxation, foreign affairs and defence? Any applications to these?

Well yes, there are. Lots actually, and they must be recovered, too. And as Christians gain the confidence and authority from such successes as home schooling (along with saving the taxpayer $14,500 per child, per year), we will be emboldened to broaden the front of Christian influence in the community; that will be exciting!

So in the process, Christians are opening the scriptures and finding out that God’s Word (in both Old and New Testaments) speaks to their daily issues, in fact to all of life. The scripture tells us that “I shall run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart” (Ps.119:32).

Conclusion:

Today, something very positive and powerful is steadily takes place: Christian individuals, families, businesses, and faithful churches steadily become dominant in the community, not through force of arms or political power, but through steady, faithful obedience to God’s Word. This is the very thing that God promised His people in Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 could take place. And this should be making believers optimistic about our future.

It’s time to get on board for a glorious ride, founded in obedience to God’s Word. Is that what you’re ready for?

 

 

[1] Joel McDurmon, “Society and Success: Who has the Biblical program?” support@americanvision.org, 13/4/2018.

 

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