This is a thought-provoking essay by missionary Roger Oliver, published this week on the Chalcedon blog:
Before we know it another presidential election campaign will be upon us–actually, it’s already started–pitting President Donald Trump against some socialist wack-job put up by the Democrats. And once again we’ll be hearing from “the Righteous Candidate or nobody!” crowd.
Consider King Cyrus, founder of the Persian Empire, whom God through Isaiah called His “anointed.” Cyrus was not a Jew, not a believer, but God raised him up to greatness; and he served God by restoring the Jews to their homeland and commanding the rebuilding of the Temple. I’m not the only one who sees a bit of Cyrus in our current president.
Cyrus had his faults. He developed a bad cases of conqueror’s syndrome, and at the end it got the better of him. Reaching for too much, he lost all–even his life. But his service to God lived on after him.
I was going to vote for Trump in any event, given the alternative. But I’m very glad I cast that vote–and I don’t think many people truly appreciate what God spared our country when he raised this man to be our president.
I don’t call him God’s anointed. Donald Trump makes no such pretensions. “[T]hat,” writes Mr. Oliver, “distinguishes Donald Trump from his predecessor.”
I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you this article by Martin Selbrede, “Are Christians Destroying the Kingdom?”, published in May in Chalcedon’s Arise and Build newsletter. Here it is–dive right in!
This whole idea that Christians shouldn’t get involved in “worldly” things like business, the arts and sciences, public affairs, etc., has done no end of damage. In the mid-19th century, for instance, most of America’s college presidents were also ordained ministers of the Gospel. Look at it now. Can anyone but a total lunatic argue that Christians were on the ball when they surrendered all of “education” to the heathen? Our colleges are pumping out poison today because Christians deluded by retreatist theology resigned those institutions to the enemy.
Besides which, just standing around strumming a harp and reciting psalms gets unbearably boring after a while.
Christ Himself commanded His servants, “Occupy until I come” (Luke 19:13); and the master in the parable was mighty made at the slothful servant who took the money he’d been entrusted with and simply buried it instead of investing it.
We are to be advancing Christ’s Kingdom: that’s why we’re here!
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.”
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.
I did this webinar with Andrea Schwartz for Chalcedon, so if you can stand the sound of my voice for 50 minutes, well, here you are!
I’ve done a lot of interviews about my books, but this was the first time I’d ever talked with anyone who’d actually read them. That made it more fun.
Anyway, here I am. Enjoy the conversation.
In the Ancient Near East, there was no universally-accepted calendar. The same kinds of “discrepancies” are found in every kingdom’s annals.
In this April 30 Chalcedon blog post, Mark Rushdoony tackles the question of whether the Bible is accurate as to matters of historical fact.
Critics like to point to supposed “discrepancies” within the Bible: for example, when it comes to stating how many years were in the reign of a king of Israel or Judah. At that point in world history, there was no widely-accepted standard of timekeeping, no universal calendar. Nor, within the same kingdom, was there any agreement as to when a king’s reign actually began or ended. So naturally the numbers will differ, here and there.
The point is, the Bible is 100% reliable and, as the Word of God, 100% authoritative–even when we can’t understand some of the historical details.
If your faith stands or falls by how well the numbers tally in Kings and Chronicles, there’s not much to it.
I’ve been waiting eagerly to share this with you!
Why is the Far Left Crazy so crazy? Why are we confronted with so much sheer loopiness–“transgender,” “open borders,” “everything is racist,” and so on, endlessly–which, far from landing its proponents in the madhouse where they belong, are offered to us as genuine public policy options? Options that we’d seize in a New York minute, if we weren’t racists and biggits etc.
Mark Rushdoony explains it clearly and convincingly. It’s their ideology that makes them so patently irrational. In their Darwin-inspired world view, chaos and revolution equal “progress,” and it’s always a good thing to tear down the old to make place for the new–never mind their relative merits, new is always better!
There is a method in their madness.
That’s why they must be utterly defeated. May God equip us for that righteous task!
Chalcedon’s Andrea Schwartz has reviewed what is surely going to be one of the most talked-about movies of the year: Unplanned.
It’s the story of a woman who went from abortion receiver, to Planned Parenthood volunteer, then Planned Parenthood officer–and finally, pro-life activist.
I wonder if the movie-makers knew that at roughly the same time as their movie would come out, Democrats in several state would be moving beyond abortion into actual infanticide.
O Lord our God! Remember that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections. In Jesus’ name, Amen.