“Unless God is the source of all Law, including moral law, man and the state will be the source of law and of morality.” R.J. Rushdoony “Roots of Reconstruction” p. 573
As we’ve been discussing, the sad truth is that the lifestyles of many Christians are virtually identical to the lifestyles of our non-Christian neighbors. For example, we:
· Send our children to the same schools.
· Divorce our spouse as commonly as they do.
· Vote for conservative politicians, instead of Christian statesmen.
· Comply with ungodly political correctness rules.
· Etc., etc., etc.
While we may not be specifically taught to confine biblical ethics only to the inside of our homes and churches, neither are we being specifically taught how to apply them to our everyday situations! The esteemed Roman philosopher Cicero, writing in the century preceding the birth of Christ, stresses how important it is for a nation to live according to an explicit code of ethics. He warns that its one thing to defend yourself against an attacking army, but quite another to be aware of the slow and subversive invasion of those who change the meanings of the words by which your nation bases its values. If an opposing ethical philosophy can succeed in redefining the values of a nation, it has effectively replaced the original nation with a new and far different one, without firing a single bullet!
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body
politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” Cicero
To understand how “rotten the soul of our nation has become,” we only have to scan through the following eight issues in the news to recognize that by keeping our biblical ethics confined to the inside of our homes and churches, we have allowed:
Ø tyrannical central government instead of biblical self-government
Ø mandated state education instead of parental education
Ø politicians instead of Christian statesmen
Ø politically correct tolerance, instead of absolute truth
Ø civil unions instead of Christian marriages
Ø property taxes instead of the head tax
Ø women legislators instead of Christian mothers
Ø all ethics are equal instead of explicit biblical ethics
We must recognize that by ignoring God’s counsel we are ignoring the self-governing solutions we so desperately need. Those solutions have been mercifully revealed to us in God’s inerrant Word. Of primary importance to every Bible teacher at all levels is the duty of instructing our learners to ask:
? What is the biblical authority for the decision you are about to make?
This question is the fulcrum by which we will be able to direct our thinking and decision-making whenever we face a cultural solution proposed by either Christians or non-Christians.
Buddy Hanson is President of the Christian Policy Network, Director of the Christian Worldview Resources Center and has written several books on the necessity of applying one’s faith to everyday situations, circumstances and decision-making. Mr. Hanson also sits on the Advisory Board of the New Geneva Christian Leadership Academy, located in Appomattox, Virginia. firstname.lastname@example.org 205.454.1442 http://www.graceandlaw.com