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‘Reconstruction for Life’ (Chalcedon Editorial)

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Humanism is dying, as we can see by its fervent embrace of such cruel follies as abortion, sexual anarchy, socialism, censorship, assisted suicide, and the incessant growth of government. There is no leftist project that does not bear the stink of death.

This Chalcedon editorial, published today, meets this crisis head-on.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/reconstruction-for-life

Christians do know what they’re against, but they’re not so clear about knowing what they’re for. This is what needs to be changed.

We do need “a new civilization,” founded on God’s law and God’s word; and the good news is that we, all of us, can start building one now. Right now. New schools, a re-commitment to the family, new science, and new churches. New everything.

We pray that God will equip us for our service to Christ’s Kingdom.


Rushdoony on ‘Invisible Rulers’

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When R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay, thirty years ago or so, the Western intellectual mind (pardon the oxymoron) had not yet degenerated to “your truth, my truth, no truth.” But as he so often did, he saw exactly where it was heading and could tell you exactly where it came from.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/invisible-rulers

There’s a lot of meat to this essay, but stick with it–because it tells us how we got here and points us back to God.

Postmodern poop that rests on such philosophical gems as “I is reality” has no future.


‘Determining the New Direction of History’

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(This Chalcedon editorial appeared Sept. 7, 2019.)

One of R.J. Rushdoony’s more controversial assertions was that humanism is busy killing itself, and slated for extinction. He then went on to ask what that requires us, as subjects of the Kingdom of God, to do. That question’s still here, right in front of us.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/determining-the-new-direction-of-history

Because they’re running wild, heaping up wealth and power, and generally trashing our whole civilization, it’s easy to wind up thinking Christ’s enemies are winning. But everything they, er, “achieve” hurts them even more than it hurts us. Homosexual parodies of marriage, transgenderism, and, only lately, a dalliance with the prospect of wholesale cannibalism–these are not winning game plans. They think they’re on the path to creating a global government. But all they’re creating is chaos–and in the end, they’ll choke on it.

Yes, they look like Goliath, and they scare us. But remember what happened to Goliath.


Rushdoony on Fascism

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Benito Mussolini–“the patron saint of 20th century humanism,” according to Rushdoony

Fascism was defeated in World War II, but it’s alive and kicking today. In fact, said R.J. Rushdoony, “Fascism is socialism for the hypocrites”–people who want to do socialism, but call it freedom.

This essay, The Theology of Fascism, was published in 2006, five years after the author’s death.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-theology-of-fascism

Fascism, said Rushdoony, is “everywhere condemned, but everywhere imitated.” And, more trenchantly, “A Christian world without Christ is an impossibility.” So much for modern atheists’ claim that you can be “good without God.” Only by living off the capital of Christianity without acknowledging its source.

It’s an eye-opening essay, and ought to give you plenty to think over.


‘Big Brother’s Going to “Help” Us’ (2016)

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Polling 0% in the presidential sweepstakes. What–that high?

Don’t you love the way the “pro-choice” crowd keeps taking away your choices?

https://leeduigon.com/2016/05/27/big-brothers-going-to-help-us/

R.J. Rushdoony said the statists would keep at it until the only freedom we had left was the freedom to fornicate. They have to leave us that because they want to abolish the family.

He was right.

Wait’ll they start making you come to work early for group calisthenics. And stay late for self-criticism sessions.


‘Slander’ (by R.J. Rushdoony)

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Note: Normally I wouldn’t retype a whole essay while trying to hold the book open; but this piece by R. J. Rushdoony, originally published in California Farmer and now included in A Word in Season, Vol. 1, is especially timely… so here goes.

My daughter telephoned home one noon, very much upset. A girl had told her that George Washington was a scoundrel who had fathered fourteen illegitimate children and had died of venereal diseases. Was this true? I assured her that it absolutely was not. Tell the girl, I said, that your father has Washington’s collected works and has read them as well as many works about him, and there is not only no truth in such a vicious lie but Washington was a man of remarkably disciplined character and great moral integrity; ask her for evidence. Of course, she had none.

I spoke in one city on Washington’s Birthday, and the history supervisor in the public schools refused to attend, saying, “Why listen to a lot of sugarcoating for one of our worst scoundrels?” When asked for evidence for her statement, she walked away.

How, my daughter asked, do all these foul stories about great and good men get started? These people, I said, being themselves depraved, like to drag godly people down to their own level by their slanders. (“That fits this girl,” she replied.) Remember, I reminded her, what Solomon said, “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly” (Prov. 26:11; 2 Pet. 2:22). These people love dirt, and they dirty everything they touch.

Solomon also said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov. 18:21), or, as the Moffatt freely translates the latter part of the verse, “the talkative must take the consequences.” Our Lord was even more blunt, “I say unto you, That every idle world that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matt. 12:36).

Remember, therefore, before you repeat slander, or before you become party to idle words, that they have serious consequences. Talk may be cheap, but the payoff is costly. Are you prepared to pay the price?

 


Nooze-free Sunday

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I have been trying to avoid the nooze today. In this I have not been entirely successful, and the several items that slipped past my guard were, as usual, appalling. But certainly I can avoid writing about it.

Why post a picture of a tiger swallowtail butterfly? Because it’s beautiful! God’s handiwork. And relish the blue of the sky in the background.

Tomorrow will be time enough for nooze; it’ll still be there in all its dreariness. For today, we have a hymn, a reflection by Rev. R.J. Rushdoony, and, I hope, a couple of good, sanity-saving laughs. I hope you’ll enjoy them.


R.J. Rushdoony on ‘Irrelevant Preaching’

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You won’t forget the little story with which R. J. Rushdoony opens his essay on “Irrelevant Preaching.”

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/irrelevant-preaching

Yes, our civilization’s burning down, as it were–and we have preachers preaching about building a new climbing wall behind the church or tut-tutting other Christians for going fishing on a Sunday.

This was just one of 25 years’ worth of essays that R.J. Rushdoony wrote for The California Farmer. They’ve all been collected and published by Chalcedon in several volumes of A Word in Season.


Rushdoony: ‘The Dark Ages Defined’

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The “Dark Ages”? Really?

R.J. Rushdoony wrote this timeless piece in 2001.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/the-dark-ages-defined

And what is the answer to the question he posed: If Christ is not our King, then how can He be our Savior?

Something to think about, indeed.


Where We’re Headed (Praise God!)

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Mark Rushdoony wrote this timely reminded of where we and our world are going. It’s a Chalcedon blog piece: “The Operation of God’s Perpetual Providence.”

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/the-operation-of-gods-perpetual-providence

Eschatology, he says, has got to be “our ‘big picture’ of where history is going.” And we find that information in God’s word.

For God’s providence is never turned off, He is never not on duty. He will do all the things He has said He will do, and we who are His people are, by His loving grace, a part of that. We are not orphans: we have a Father. And a place in Christ’s Kingdom.

Something to remember, in this evil age.


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