‘We Must Move the Ideas Forward’ (Mark Rushdoony)

Mark R. Rushdoony | Christian Reconstructionist

Leaders die, followers die. Donors die, too. But the ideas must live on. We depend on the Holy Spirit for that.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/we-must-move-the-ideas-forward

The first generation of the movement we call Christian Reconstruction–winning back the world and dedicating it to Christ–has mostly died out. We reprint their books and articles, write new books and articles ourselves; the work goes on. We look to the next generation to continue in our place.

You’d never know it, judging by North America and Western Europe, but conversions to the Christian faith are burgeoning, world-wide. At the same time, humanism is dying: there will be upheavals when it goes.

We serve Jesus Christ, the King of kings. His kingdom is eternal, encompassing both Heaven and the earth. We are part of an ongoing work of great magnificence, a temple made without hands, that will last forever.

Faith moves us; and we move the ideas forward.

‘The Path Forward’

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We’ve had crazy times in our country before. When the Chalcedon Foundation was founded in 1965, we were only halfway through those crazy Sixties and it was going to get much worse before it got better.

But we, as Christian reconstructionists, take the long view.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-path-forward

In Mark Rushdoony’s new essay, The Path Forward, we see there are no quick fixes, no short-term answers. We have to rebuild Christian civilization and culture even as the bad guys are doing everything they can to tear it down.

The belief that must sustain us is this: Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth now. Not tomorrow, not next year, not a hundred years hence–but now. He is Lord now. And as such His victory is certain.

And we want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in!

‘Connecting Christians: The Next Step in Chalcedon’s Mission’

Ford and Andrea Schwartz

Ford Schwartz, on Chalcedon’s board of directors, worked with me to produce this article.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/connecting-christians-the-next-step-in-chalcedons-mission

If you get nothing else from Chalcedon’s message, at least get this: Your calling is your calling. You don’t have to be the pastor. You can sell cars, pilot an airplane, take part in a Bible study group, and even write fantasy novels: whatever it is, you can do it as a servant of the Lord, for His glory and Christ’s Kingdom.

Which makes us all, each of us, kind of important.

‘Affirming the Culture of Life’ (Chalcedon, 2018)

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The twilight of humanism

“Democracy always perishes from an overdose of democracy.” –R.J. Rushdoony

We have a calling, as Christians, to affirm the culture of life–that is, faith in Jesus Christ–and to oppose the culture of death: which in our time takes the form of humanism.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/affirming-the-culture-of-life

Today’s worldly culture, says this Chalcedon editorial, “resents any call to moral accountability… It is the culture of death. We must separate ourselves from it by affirming the culture of life, Christianity.”

It’s a glorious calling! We serve a glorious King, and His Kingdom will not fail.

‘The Battlefield Ahead’

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Christian school–way more dangerous to the bad guys than it looks

In this Chalcedon editorial, Mark Rushdoony reminds us to keep our eye on the ball, as it were–the ball being the need to re-Christianize our society from the ground up, starting with ourselves and our families.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-battlefield-ahead

We need to win battles in the culture war, but we have to get out of having to fight all the battles on ground chosen by the enemy. Christian families, Christian schools, Christian neighborhoods and fellowships, and even Christianized workplaces–these are the kind of developments that are well within our scope to create.

And their creation will give the bad guys fits.

‘The Green Ember’: A Fantasy Fit for Kids to Read

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Every now and then, in my search for suitable reading matter for children, I turn up gold–like, for instance, The Green Ember, by S.D. Smith.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/review-of-the-green-ember-novel

It’s a heroic fantasy featuring rabbits with swords, instead of people. And it’s about faith, hope, family, and self-sacrifice. This puts it miles apart from most of the Young Adult fiction that’s out there; and it’s written well enough for adults to enjoy it, too.

We do need more of this, much more. People of all ages consume huge amounts of “entertainment,” mostly without realizing that this is a passive but very effective form of self-education. We need to consume and digest more faith, more hope, more charity.

More Green Ember, less Spirit Animals.

Chalcedon: ‘The Impact of Our Work’

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My books are somewhere on that table

This heartening essay by Mark Rushdoony, Chalcedon’s president, comes from the new front page on our website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-impact-of-our-work

It’s true: we don’t always get to see the impact of our work. Sometimes a seed we plant doesn’t sprout for twenty or thirty years. My Bell Mountain books, for instance, would not have been written but for certain conversations and exchanges of letters that R.J. Rushdoony had, some forty years ago.

It can be hard to keep on working when we don’t see the results; so we have to walk by faith, and not by sight. My books are on those display tables Mark talks about: and only God knows what fruit they might bear in future generations.