(This essay by R.J. Rushdoony was posthumously published in 2003.)
Thousands of years ago, people in Canaan dedicated their children to Molech, a pagan god whose name means “king” or “ruler.” Usually the baby was passed through a fire before the idol. Sometimes it involved actual human sacrifice.
By contrast, the rite of baptism was a dedication of the child to God and a declaration of the people’s reliance on God’s grace.
Rushdoony wrote this before the left wing of America’s ruling class dove on board the “transgender” bandwagon. “Gender reassignment” is a kind of twisted man-made pseudo-religious ritual. I believe its purpose is to estrange us from God. Molech was an idol representing the state. Some things just don’t change, do they?
Go ahead, stick your neck out and say “Oh, no, they’re not trying to make the state a substitute for God!” It’s been several hours since we’ve heard such ignorance.
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.
This is an article about how my Bell Mountain novels came to be written. Hopefully it will ignite an irresistible desire to buy them–and read them.
I was hoping Behold! (No. 12 in the series) would be published in time for Christmas, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. Well, by the time you finish reading the others, it should be ready.
Come on, now–isn’t it time you met Jack and Ellayne, and squirrel-sized Wytt, who climbed the mountain? Obst the hermit, and Martis the assassin-turned-protector; Helki the Rod, the personification of the forest; Lord Reesh the villain (boooo! hiss!); King Ryons, born a slave; Gurun the queen, who came to Obann on a raft–they’re all waiting to do their stuff for you.
I mean, if you want to watch Law and Order reruns, that’s your business and you’re welcome to it…
If wonder what kind of response I’d get if I asked readers who’s their favorite Bell Mountain character. I just hit the wrong key and the whole screen went black for a moment. I wonder what that means.
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.
Dr. Heidi Klessig is part of our blog fellowship, a regular visitor here. She was also invited a few days ago to be Andrea Schwartz’s guest on “Out of the Question.”
Organ transplants is a thorny subject. I keep thinking of a line in The Princess Bride, spoken by Miracle Max: “Mostly dead is a little bit alive.” And that takes us straight to the heart of the ethical dilemma.
Who could be more helpless, more defenseless, than a hospital patient whom the doctors have given up for lost? And we do know what God thinks of taking advantage of the helpless, don’t we?
There’s a lot of food for thought here, and none of it’s easy.
“Politics will never solve man’s basic problem of sin,” writes Mark Rushdoony.
He got that one right, didn’t he?
Look, I’m a political scientist, got the papers to prove it. An all-purpose definition of “politics” is “the authoritative allocation of value.” But our politics seeks an authoritative allocation of blame. “We attack other men, not sin,” Rushdoony says. And some new scapegoat always comes along–or else is chosen arbitrarily by the newest battalion of blame-givers.
We “falsely limit evil to a group” until the next group is chosen: the sin itself is always passed on to whoever’s next in line.
Yeah, I know, I do it, too. We’re always advised to separate the sin from the sinner; but in too many cases that’s like separating the head from the body.
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.