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Yes, Civilization Can Collapse

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We know that individual civilizations can and do go down for the count, never to return. Been to Babylon lately? Carthage?

But the Bible tells us that on two occasions, God overthrew all of civilization. First in the Great Flood; next, when He saved us from the first global government by confounding our language while we were building the Tower of Babel.

We also have a historical example of a whole bunch of civilizations going down at once. Not the whole world, but a goodly chunk of it.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/07/27/the-year-civilization-collapsed/

We watched this lecture again the other night: 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. All of the civilizations in the Middle East and around the Eastern Mediterranean: they all fell pretty much at once.

What could they have done? They couldn’t avoid the droughts, the bad growing seasons, or the earthquakes. They couldn’t stop the barbarian invasions. All those stresses, all at once, finished off the whole lot of them. Egypt survived, just barely. Assyria and Babylonia took centuries to recover. The others–pffft!

But we do things to our contemporary, just-about global civilization, that seem purposely designed to bring it crashing down. The transgender movement. Uncontrolled government spending. Tyranny. Unlike earthquakes, these calamities are avoidable. But there are people who do not want to avoid them: because they want to build a whole new civilization on the ruins. With themselves ruling it. And there are others, richer and more influential than crazy revolutionaries, who just want to rule the world, period. Squash it all together into one and call it globalism. They want to undo what happened at Babel; they think they can make it work, this time.

God’s hand is on the tiller of history and He, not they, will decide how it all turns out. “I shake the earth,” He has said, “so that those things which cannot be shaken will remain.”

We’re getting some of that shaking right now, and it’s time we changed our ways. Stop doing stupid lunatic things that threaten the survival of our civilization. Stop with the false prophets, already!

God does not need The Smartest People In The World to save the human race. He has already done that through His Son, Jesus Christ. History since the Resurrection has been a progress toward the Kingdom of God–a progress punctuated by plenty of shakings by which God gets rid of things that ought to be gotten rid of. Like the Third Reich, the Soviet Union. His respect for our free will makes for slow progress; but God lives independently of time. We don’t.

If we want to keep our civilization going, we really do have to take better care of it.

 


‘No Heroes in the Kingdom of God’

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Do you ever get the feeling that nothing you do, personally, serves God and His Kingdom in any meaningful way?

You can stop fretting. It’s God who advances the Kingdom; we are only honored to be His servants.

Mark Rushdoony addresses that issue in a recent essay for Chalcedon.

https://chalcedon.edu/blog/no-heroes-in-the-kingdom-of-god

We can’t all be Martin Luther or Mother Theresa. But we can all be faithful.


‘Standing in the Waters of the Kingdom of God’

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Martin Selbrede wrote this piece for Chalcedon’s Arise & Build newsletter, July 2019.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/standing-in-the-waters-of-the-kingdom-of-godma

His discussion of Ezekiel’s vision of the holy waters flowing from God’s Temple (Ez. 47:1-12) contains a startling thought:

We are already in God’s Kingdom. It’s already here.

“Ezekiel was as much in the water when it was ankle-deep as when it was knee-deep… We’re standing in the middle of the Kingdom.” We may still be closer to the shallow end–but it’s the same water, wherever we stand in it.

Yes, that thought startles us–but should it? Really? If Christ truly is our king, He is king now. And His Kingdom is, and is to come. It’s a process that began a very long time ago and is ongoing today.

What does that mean to us?

Read Martin’s essay and find out.

 


More on That Puzzling Parable

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I would be a fool if I told you that now, after two hours’ study, I fully understand the Parable of the Unjust Steward in Luke 16. But maybe it would be fair to say I misunderstand it less than I did when I read it first thing this morning.

Pondering the meaning of Christ’s words is not just something to do on a Sunday. As Psalm 1:1 puts it, we are to “meditate day and night” on God’s word. And because it’s convenient to post it here, let me offer you some of Matthew Henry’s meditations on this parable ( https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/Matthew-Henry/Luke/Parable-Unjust-Steward ), courtesy of the Bible Gateway.

I got off on the wrong foot with this parable, thinking Jesus was still talking to the Pharisees, to whom He told the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. I just kept reading, and missed the significance of the opening sentence of Luke 16: “And he said also unto his disciples, There was a certain rich man, which had a steward,” etc. Jesus has turned from the Pharisees to address His disciples. But the Pharisees were still there, as v. 14 tells us: “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.” The Pharisees heard the proverb, too, and laughed at it. They didn’t listen.

So the parable is spoken to those who are disposed to listen, and who will make an effort to understand it, as we ought to.

Can I tell you, yet, what the parable means? I must confess, not really. Not without more study, more meditation–and more discussion, too. But I think I can say that Our Lord is comparing the believers’ carelessness, when it comes to the “true riches” of the Kingdom, with the great and energetic care taken by worldly folk to pursue their worldly goals; and that “Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” The crooked steward’s master commends the prudence and ingenuity of the steward, although it was used for a dishonest end; and we ought to take equal care in seeking the Kingdom of God.

And now I’ll read these posts to my wife and see if I’ve made any sense to her.

P.S.: I remember a news story from some years ago, about a convict who spent a long, long time carefully and ingeniously fashioning a rope–out of dental floss!– which he used to escape from prison (only to be caught again pretty soon). And I remember thinking at the time, “If this guy had ever devoted that much labor and persistence to some honest work, he would have accomplished much.” I think that story has some relevance to this parable.


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