R.J. Rushdoony wrote this in 1996. Now, 27 years later, I’m old enough to see how right he was.
Have you ever seen this sticker on a car? “We are spending our children’s inheritance!” All too often, that is literally true. There are all sorts of “elder care plans” that suck up every dollar of what parents might otherwise leave to their children. There are more of them now than there were in 1996.
And we’ve all seen this: parents retire, move hundreds or even thousands of miles away from their surviving family members, eventually their health begins to fail… and then they pine away for visitors, forgetting how difficult they’ve made it to visit them.
And offspring who move away from their parents. Again, hundreds of miles. Patty and I knew a sweet and benign woman whose adult children harshly rejected her and moved from New Jersey to California… with the grandchildren. “Y’know, Mom,” said the daughter, “there comes a time when the old coyote crawls off to die.” Comforting, isn’t it?
“Social decay begins with the family,” said Rushdoony.
Right on target.
We really do have to do better by our families. And there are many villains out there working against us, who’d like nothing better than to see the family broken up.
Scanning the nooze in the course of my work, a question has occurred to me today.
How far can we distance ourselves from God before we can’t get back?
Canada promotes assisted suicide as an answer to life’s problems. American politicians promote “transgender” as if their lives depended on it. And abortion: they endorse it whole-heartedly. Stocking school libraries with “gay” pornography. Having the FBI spy on parents who think the schools should not “teach” racial paranoia. Etc., etc.–it’s a depressingly long list.
I’ve just read Martin Selbrede’s article at http://www.chalcedon.edu , “Rushdoony and the Book of Revelation (https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/rushdoony-and-the-book-of-revelation). It gives food for thought. I think I need quote one sentence from it: “There is total victory woven throughout the book of Revelation.” (Read more if you’re in a mood to do some thinking.)
The total victory is to Christ’s Kingdom on the earth.
Which suggests that some of our more insane public policies, “insane” in the sense of being diametrically opposed to God’s Word, are also insane in that those who stand for them stand against Christ’s total victory. Does that sound like a place where you want to stand?
We don’t need a Great Reset. We need repentance.
Have you got a few minutes? Listen to R.J. Rushdoony introduce this Love of Life Podcast (interview with Chalcedon’s Andrea Schwartz). It doesn’t take him longer than that to make the case for a Christian education!
I’ve said it before: If we, the world’s people, were actually to do all the things that self-proclaimed saviors and experts of the Far Left Crazy say we ought to do–abortion, transgender, homosexuality, assisted suicide, etc.–the result would be the extinction of the human race. As King Solomon put it, the voice of God’s wisdom reminds us, “All they that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:36).
If they can’t get to our children via public education, they can’t get ’em at all.
R.J. Rushdoony–he didn’t need a crystal ball to see the future.
I know the title is a little dry and the essay is a long one, but stay with it. R.J. Rushdoony wrote it back in 1967, and it’s still as true as ever. Maybe even more so.
“Capitalization is the product of work and thrift,” he said; and these are the product of character. Specifically Christian character. But “socialism is organized larceny,” and its result is decapitalization–more need, less money!–and not only inflation and want, but also a deterioration of character itself. “Things which were once intolerable and forbidden are now openly promoted and sponsored,” Rushdoony wrote. Can you say “transgender”? We go from secret, hidden vices to abominations openly performed.
As our culture, our character, deteriorates, so does our productivity. The inflation that we face today, the worst in 40 years, is exactly what Rushdoony would have predicted.
We can’t just let it all keep going as it’s going.
In just a very few words, all the way back in 1978, R.J. Rushdoony demolished the whole concept of “social justice”–so don’t bother to wonder why the Wokies don’t like him.
“Social justice does not exist. It is a myth,” he wrote. Sinners define right and wrong, so that for them sin equals virtue and lawlessness is law.
But the thrust of God’s justice is restitution and restoration, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. Any reading of Exodus and Leviticus will clearly teach that.
In “social justice” you just decide whom to blame and sic the state on him–the same state for which God’s laws don’t exist. And we can all see how that turns out, can’t we?
Natural goodness, eh?
This little essay by Rushdoony, first published in 1999, packs a sharp punch.
“Culture war” has been with us for most of my life. Rushdoony boiled it down to Original Sin vs. the “natural goodness” of man.
Let’s scratch our heads over this. The world has just finished fighting World War II, complete with the Holocaust and the atomic bomb. Then war springs up in Korea.
And the world’s intellectuals, and more than a few churchmen, want us to believe that man is naturally good? For that to be true, God’s word must be wrong. So they set themselves up as “God’s editor” and proceed to correct all the mistakes they say He made. Poor God. What would He do without us?
Original Sin vs. natural goodness: “This is the dividing line,” Rushdoony wrote. And we can forget about trying to merge good and evil. All you get out of that is good that used to be good but now is corrupted by evil.
How do you tell the Devil is evil when he doesn’t look evil?
R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay back in 1986, but it has a very long shelf life.
Bad enough that Satan deceives us; but how many are there who want to be deceived? As Rushdoony put it, “people earn hell.” They work for it, sacrifice for it, they’re always reaching for it. They think it’ll be a God-free zone where they can do anything they want and it’ll all turn out just fine.
I think of the grins on the faces of certain politicians… and then I think I understand precisely what Rushdoony meant.
“Democracy” in action
Somehow all the chattering about “our democracy” has reminded me of… this.
In 1955 world leaders at the Bandung Conference voted to ban dung. After several weeks of terrible inconvenience, the error was rectified.
What has this in common with “our democracy”?
They’re both twaddle, totally false, without value, pure nonsense.
We do not have a democracy. Guided by their knowledge of history, our country’s founders knew that “democracy” has a bad habit of destroying itself. It’s given to hysteria. Example: In the Peloponnesian War, between “democratic” Athens and militaristic Sparta, The Majority in Athens went off their collective rockers and attacked Syracuse, paying them back for not siding with Athens. This hysterical folly resulted in the annihilation of Athens’ army. Sparta won the war and did Athens the favor of abolishing her democracy–once and for all.
So we have a republic, not a democracy; but you’d never know it, to hear all the babble about “our democracy.” Those tens of millions of us who aren’t aboard the bandwagon are denounced as “extremists” and “a threat to our democracy.” Our Constitution guarantees us a republican form of government. The Biden Regime is doing its level best to destroy it.
R.J. Rushdoony once defined democracy as two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
Deliver us, O God, out of the hands of foolish “leaders.”
Changing your lives… with your money!
In a 1978 essay on the crusading mentality, R. J. Rushdoony hit the bullseye with this quote.
“Crusaders want to accomplish great things with other people’s lives and money…” (https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/crusading). Really, what more needs to be said?
A lot of us are just not made that way. We want to live our lives in peace, get on with our business in peace, and enjoy our families in peace. We don’t understand the insatiable lust for power over others.
I wonder what Rushdoony would say if he were here to write about the goings-on in 2022. But that duty has been passed on to us who are here today.
Our culture was already in trouble when R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay in 1996. It has not gotten better since.
One thing has changed, though, that wasn’t so glaringly apparent in 1996:
Science nowadays is heavily politicized–almost to the point where it isn’t “science” at all. Can you say “Climate Change scam”? Transgender movement? “Vaccines” that don’t work but earn a lot of money? “Green energy” that costs a nearly infinite amount of public money but doesn’t work? I mean, just for starters…
That’s all what happens with “science” and politics wind up in bed together. They corrupt each other–and they weren’t exactly squeaky-clean to start with.
Rushdoony believe that Christians have to work to build a Christian culture. Like humanists labor unceasingly to build a Godless humanist culture. They work at it. We haven’t. And it shows.