Esther and the Persian king
One of the hardest lessons for us to learn, in such an evil and confusing age as this, is how to walk by faith and not by sight: because if we walk only by sight, most of what we see is bad. Mark Rushdoony discussed this in his blog post yesterday.
The Book of Esther, in which the name of God does not appear, shows how God governs history, intervening at need. Our God created us with free will and respects it, even when our will is bent to evil: but he will not let evil prosper in the long run. As Isaiah said, “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper” (Is. 54:17).
How many times would God’s people have been wiped off the face of the earth, had He not intervened? As history, the Bible offers many examples of this truth.
And we do well to learn them.
There do seem to be an awful lot of churches these days that don’t measure up to anything like a Biblical standard. Some are all but stand-ins for Antichrist. It’s discouraging to see what they do and hear what they say.
Mark Rushdoony said something to me, years ago, while I was writing my series on paganism in the churches–something I have not forgotten. He said all these churches, all of them, in all their sometimes rather silly multitude of denominations, belong by right to Jesus Christ; and the Lord has His people in all of them. It is these people who constitute the Church. Christ’s people. If there are none to be found within the congregation of any particular church, it’s only because the last one finally left. But wherever that person is now, he still belongs to Jesus Christ.
We are not alone. The world is wide, and we have more brothers and sisters than we will ever know.
Pastor Wang Yi… in bonds for Christ
In this recent Chalcedon Blog post, Mark Rushdoony introduces us to a modern-day hero of the Church–Pastor Wang Yi, imprisoned in China since Dec. 9 for his stand against rampant statism.
Pastor Wang is different because he refuses to criticize other Christians, or even to defend himself against their jabs at him. The battle, Rev. Rushdoony reminds us, is against “forces of ungodliness, not other believers.”
Not always easy to remember, is it?
Walking by faith and not by sight isn’t easy. These days, pessimism about the future seems to come natural–at least to me. Heck, I just wrote about some “famous” person teaching small children that abortion is “part of God’s plan.”
Chalcedon President Mark Rushdoony has addressed the problem of pessimism: his words are a much-appreciated tonic.
Who wants to be in Miss Abortion’s shoes on Judgment Day?
Pagan “gods” are not supposed to do this!
“Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God…” (1 John 4:2-3)
We tend to forget how truly revolutionary the Christian message was and is, in the apostles’ time and also in ours, to this day.
Mark Rushdoony offers us this reminder:
Jesus is the golden stairway that unites life on earth with its Creator and sustainer in heaven. This was very, very hard for First Century intellectuals to swallow! And still is. But the doctrine that Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, was born in the flesh as we are, to live and work in our world, winning our salvation, is absolutely necessary to the Christian faith
Mark Rushdoony wrote this for the Chalcedon magazine in 2001, and it will serve us well today. It’s a little long, but stick with it: given the fallen world’s growing hostility to Christian faith, we want to hang on to Christmas–and reclaim it for Our Lord and for His people.
Simply put, it’s okay for us to have a Christmas tree. Throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, the tree symbolizes the Tree of Life: and the Tree of Life is also Jesus Christ. That trees have been misused by pagans, unbelievers, and secularists does not invalidate it as a Christian symbol. It’s ours, God gave it to us, and we ought to keep it.
Mark Rushdoony wrote this last year for our Chalcedon blog.
It’s good to be reminded of what our fellow servants in Christ’s Kingdom have achieved, and how their work has benefited us in so many ways. It’s good to be reminded that we are not alone: among the wonderful gifts that God has given us, we must include… each other.
I’m thankful for all of you who come here, daily, to read and comment. We are a valuable resource for one another. Thank you all, so much, for your prayers and your encouragement.
This is a recent Chalcedon blog post by our president, Mark Rushdoony, and it would be hard to say it better than he does: “Evil will self-destruct, not triumph, and the Kingdom of God will fill the earth.”
Don’t you love the way the Sadducees, in Luke 20:28-33, tried to trap Christ with a smart-aleck Charlie High School question about seven brothers who each in turn had the same wife: and which of them would have her in the resurrection? But Jesus taught them that their question was only made possible by their altogether faulty notion of God.
This is why we have to walk by faith and not by sight.
And no one ever said it would be easy.
Mark Rushdoony wrote this post last year for the Chalcedon blog. It grows more relevant with every passing day.
Christianity is the world’s fastest-growing religion–and that by the purposeful act of conversion, not by birth rate. And meanwhile, the institutions of secular humanism, throughout the Western world, are crumbling. When it comes to Darwinism, atheism, Climbit Change, and all the rest, they just can’t seal the deal: there’s more skepticism of their de luxe fun-pack now than there’s ever been.
So this is a cheer-up piece–enjoy it!
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/.
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.