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‘Lands without Justice’

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In the months to come, it will be increasingly necessary to explain why socialism is immoral, and not an option for the Christian. Democrats have all but tattooed socialism on their skins from head to to; and in 2020 they must be defeated.

So what’s morally wrong with socialism? R.J. Rushdoony explained it in his book, Law and Liberty, published posthumously in 2009. The essay is an excerpt from Chapter 20.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/lands-without-justice

Cut off from its moorings to God, the state is nothing but a crime family writ large.

Learn these arguments, everybody. We’re going to need them.


Rushdoony on Socialism

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Dead, but still a threat to freedom

R.J. Rushdoony’s essay on “Socialism as a Perpetual Civil War” was published as a Chalcedon blog post in 2009. Actually it was written quite a few years before that: but its insights are right on target today.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/socialism-as-a-perpetual-civil-war

Rushdoony points out that socialism has its own “infallibility concept” which explains away its multitudinous and incessant failure. It destroys wealth and inhibits wealth’s creation. When anything goes wrong, it finds a scapegoat. When an epidemic struck Red China in 1967, the government threatened to purge the doctors who had “ignored Mao’s health policies”–as if medical doctors knew less about health than some crazy old mass murderer.

It’s looking more and more like we’re headed for a showdown between Christ’s Kingdom and humanist man’s impoverished socialist pipe dream.

And that’s a fight we’d better win.


From ‘A Word in Season’

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R.J. Rushdoony looked to the Book Joshua as the inspiration for this essay, part of his collection of essays, A Word in Season:

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve…”: (Joshua 24:15).

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-choice

“We live in an era,” Rushdoony wrote, “which calls for courage and resolute choices, not moral indecision.”

Amen.

P.S.–You may have been frustrated by the slowness of Chalcedon’s website. I’m happy to report this problem has been fixed.


What It’s All About

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Another week of following the nooze, of watching Western civilization go black around the edges, as it dies–well, it’s not much fun, watching your world be slowly poisoned. Leftism is to the human race as Round-Up is to plants.

But what is most strongly impressed on my mind is that all of these leftist “movements,” from “transgender rights” to “open borders,” all of them, are all aimed at the same goal–

To create a weird mix of moral and social chaos held down by the brute force of an all-powerful central government.

The insight is not original with me. R.J. Rushdoony hit that bull’s-eye several decades ago. It took me all this time to understand what he was telling us.

Leftist utopias, as pioneered by Stalin and updated every year by his successors in the Western Left, all aim at a world government with everything–everything!–removed that might stand between the individual and the world state.

This is war. It’s a spiritual war, but none the less a war. “Progressives” make war against our way of life. They seek to destroy the family. You can’t have stable families, in any meaningful sense of the word, if everyone is screwing everyone else. They seek to destroy the Christian religion. You can’t have Christianity, in any meaningful sense of the word, if you revolt against God’s word: even against something so basic as “Male and female created He them.” They replace science with politics, reason with politics, education with politics, always with the same end in mind–total power for themselves, total slavery for us. They break down the borders of the nations to strip us of the power to protect ourselves: to create social and economic chaos by which they mean to benefit, to acquire more power over us.

It’s war. Leftism is satanic in its origin and inspiration, satanic in its goals. They take “Ye shall be as gods” literally and seriously. The leftids’ master and mentor, Satan, drives them on. They never rest. They never stop.

God has not yet commanded us to leave off praying for our country–so pray every day, and pray hard. Someday, He already has it marked on His calendar, He will crush His enemies, He will break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel, and set Christ’s throne upon the earth. Forever. He will cast out sin and death; and Satan and friends will be tossed into the lake of fire. Forever.

Give us courage, O God. Strengthen our faith. Show us what you want us to do, and give us the power to do it. Remind us that our weapons are spiritual: prayer, and truth, and love. Faith, and hope, and charity. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 


The Future of Christian Education

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Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Chalcedon founder R.J. Rushdoony campaigned tirelessly for Christian education, homeschooling, and Christian schools. He traveled all over the country, testifying as an expert witness in many homeschooling trials. When he started, Christian homeschooling was forbidden in many districts. Today, it has spread from coast to coast.

Chalcedon continues its work for Christian education, with our own homeschooling mentor, Andrea Schwartz, at the helm. For example:

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-future-of-christian-education-and-why-it-matters

It’s hard work, traveling to conferences, networking with homeschooling parents all over America, blogging and writing about it, spreading the word and walking the walk. We’re proud of Andrea’s unceasing efforts for the cause.


Lest We Forget ‘Whose Right It Is’

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“And crown Him Lord of all…”

We rightly celebrate our nation’s birth, every 4th of July. But there is a greater power to be celebrated, every day–more righteous, more just, far wiser, and far mightier than any nation ever born: Jesus Christ, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, “whose right it is” to rule His Father’s whole creation.

This essay by R.J. Rushdoony was published in 2002 in Chalcedon’s magazine.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/incarnation-and-history-he-whose-right-it-is

What–theology on a national holiday?

You bet!


‘The Exaltation of a People’

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R.J. Rushdoony wrote this little essay for “The California Farmer” in 1978, and it’s still true today–as anyone can see, if he looks.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-exaltation-of-a-people

His text is Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

It’s getting late in the day for America to wake up to this truth. Pray that we do–soon.


‘The Stolen Church’

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R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay for The California Farmer back in 1967; and what he saw then has become painfully clearer now, 51 years later.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-stolen-church

And this, mind you, was before there were any Clergy for Choice, goddess worship workshops, transgender preachers, and “gay marriages” blasphemously performed under the church’s roof.

I think he saw it coming.


Very Weird School ‘Policy’: Smile–or Else!

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If you still think there might be sane people somewhere involved with public education, consider this.

In the North Lebanon, Pennsylvania, school district, the school policy is that students must smile in the hallway or else be put into “counseling”–and if that doesn’t work, detention (http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2018/05/16/school-students-required-smile/).

“Northern Lebanon officials,” says the news report from Pittsburgh, “did not explain what the purpose of the smiling policy was or what it is supposed to achieve.”

Kowabunga. R.J. Rushdoony would say its purpose is to enforce conformity and assert its power. I’d say he was right. Otherwise it’s just plain craziness. We can’t rule that out.

Really, people–do you want your children and grandchildren “educated” by these kooks?

If you walk around grinning all the time, don’t answer that.


Rushdoony on ‘Lawless Law’

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This is another one of those little gems R.J. Rushdoony wrote for “The California Farmer,” this one published in 1972–and still sharply relevant today.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/lawless-law

These days, we wonder why our laws don’t seem to protect us: why our plethora of gun laws, for instance, doesn’t protect us from school shootings.

“If men are not godly,” Rushdoony wrote, “the best-intentioned laws can serve ungodly and lawless ends.” Makes me think of our so-called immigration laws. Character is more important than any written law.

If people aren’t motivated to obey the laws… they won’t. And you can count on them to twist the laws around for purposes that were never intended when the laws were passed.


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