R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay over 20 years ago, as that lamentable 20th century was winding down.
In a very few words (quite an achievement!), Rushdoony summed up that century’s “heritage of failure” as worldly schemes for salvation, one after another, had their days in the sun and went promptly belly-up. We tried everything we could think of–except God’s word–and it all failed us: politics, education, money, and war. Even a pagan like Robert Graves saw his own 20th-century world as an unholy alliance of Mars, the god of war, Pluto, the god of wealth, and Mercury, the god of thieves.
But the answers, Rushdoony knew, were to be found in the same place where they’ve been always found–in God’s own enscriptured word.
Scottish blogger and writer Ailish Sinclair asks a question which I can answer, sort of: “Crying While Writing: anyone else do this?”
Crying While Writing: anyone else do this?
The other day, as I read to my wife a chapter of my new book in progress, Ozias, Prince in Peril, I found my voice beginning to break as I came to the death of a major character to whom I’d already grown attached. I didn’t actually cry, but I came close: I already loved this character and writing him out of the saga was… well, hard.
Ailish makes a good point. If the writer can’t get emotionally involved with the story he or she is telling, why should the reader? You have to believe in your story. It has to seem real to you, at least while you’re writing it.
I won’t forget how upset Patty and my editor, Susan, got a few books ago when they thought I’d killed off the old Abnak warrior, Chief Uduqu. “I was ready to come up there and punch you in the nose!” Susan said. And Sir Walter Scott had to rewrite part of Ivanhoe because his printer was so upset over the death of Athelstane. I’m glad I didn’t have to rewrite The Glass Bridge.
We have a hymn request from SlimJim–Word of God the Father, by Stuart Townend, performed by The Mandate.
Okay, folks, the hymn shop is open all day. If you have a hymn you’d like to share, just let us know.
Katheleen is a creative young girl in Brazil who asked me for permission to make a Bell Mountain video. I had no idea what to expect, no idea at all–but being surprised would be part of the fun.
Well, I was surprised, all right. And delighted! Yo, Steven Spielberg–there’s more than one way to make a movie!
This one’s in Portuguese; but just press “CC” for English subtitles.
Requested by Janet last year (!)–A Mansion Just Over the Hilltop, by George Jones.
Folks, I know a lot of you are wondering why some of your comments don’t get posted. WordPress says it’s the algorithms. Well, it isn’t me! Anyway, I’m going back into the “Spam” and “Pending” buckets in search of comments that should have been posted but weren’t. There I approve them for posting. Where and when they get posted… I don’t know.
Janet, I’m sorry it took so ridiculously long to fulfill your hymn request! I hope you can say “Better late than never.”
Once again our friend and colleague SlimJim tackles a claim of Biblical contradiction made by the Skeptic Annotated Bible.
Are we allowed to create images of living things, or explicitly forbidden by God’s word?
Bible Contradiction? Is it OK to make images?
I have a hard time imagining the mental landscape or the spiritual poverty of persons who devote themselves to “disproving the Bible.”
The images of cherubims on the Ark and on the curtains of the tabernacle–of course they were okay. What is not okay in the Bible is to create some kind of image and then worship it as an idol. Making images is permitted. Worshipping images is not.
Today people still worship the work of their hands–Science and technology, political parties, their own image in the mirror, etc., etc. We’re much too sophisticated to carve a face into a piece of firewood and then bow down to it.
But heathen foolishness is still very much with us.
Saul becomes king of Israel
This is a Christian blog. In fact, it’s part of the Chalcedon Foundation’s ministry. That being said… then why do I report on so much politics?
But the Bible, which reports on the human condition, is chock-full of politics! They didn’t have electoral politics as we do; but it was still all about power, who gets it and what they do with it, kings as well as presidents. And if you think there were no politics reported in the New Testament–well, go back and review the decision by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem to kill Jesus as a kind of sacrifice to the Romans.
Throughout the Bible we see that wicked and ungodly leaders practice wicked and ungodly policies; and wicked and ungodly politics turns out wicked and ungodly leaders. You don’t need a microscope to see the difference between Hezekiah and Ahab. Hezekiah’s faith and reverence for God informed all his public acts; and Ahab’s spiritual wickedness informed his acts.
There is always spiritual wickedness afoot (see Ephesians 6): we have by no means outgrown it. Once upon a time in Israel the people, almost in a hysterical state, chose Saul to be their king. You might say he was their candidate for hope and change. That turned out just swell, didn’t it?
So, yes, I report on politics. Most of the politics of a fallen world will be fallen. That remains for Jesus Christ Himself to straighten out. But in the meantime, at least we can hope that on certain occasions we will see the present day’s politics for what they are, and avoid making disastrously wrong decisions based on spiritually empty misperceptions.
Today’s nooze is tomorrow’s history.
We ran this post by our dear friend and colleague, “SlimJim,” back in October. Today he plans to post it on the social media–and I say let’s help him. Because he is sharing an “amazing truth that God will be sent to us.”
Fascinating: Messianic Prophecy and Trinity in Isaiah 48:12-16
We can help by picking up his post and sharing it with others. Hey, it’s a Bible study lesson, and today is Sunday–the subject and the day are perfect together.
This is the Good News that we are commissioned to proclaim.