When I was a little boy, the story of Joseph scared me, but good. His brothers stuck him in a hole and sold him as a slave, and then he was thrown into jail for something that he didn’t do. What if it happened to me?
R.J. Rushdoony touched upon a key element in the story of Joseph, in this essay reprinted first in 2007.
It’s easy to waste a lot of your life, he warned, brooding over past injustices and vainly trying to win back what you’ve lost. Joseph never did get compensated for the injustices he’d suffered. He was too busy saving Egypt. “Trust in God’s ultimate and unswerving justice,” Rushdoony wrote. It’s the only real justice there is.
But God pity us! We’ve made a whole way of life out of obsessing over past injustices, some indeed long past, and demanding…um… “reparations.” Doesn’t seem to matter how long past, or who was actually affected.
Happiness and peace of mind–the world knows how to avoid attaining it.
“The Swamp” wasn’t invented in 2008 and is not confined to Washington, D.C. It’s been with us since the dawn of history, and can be found wherever you look.
So R.J. Rushdoony’s 1995 essay, “Empty Suits,” is just as applicable, if not even more so, 25 years later.
We wonder why tiny minorities with truly lunatic, perverse, or wicked ideas ride roughshod over everybody else and always seem to get their way. Well, it’s because no one will stand up to them. “Men,” said Rushdoony, “are everywhere refusing to be men.”
Go along to get along. The churches do it. Office workers do it around the water cooler. Teachers with outraged consciences fall silent in the faculty lunchroom. Go ahead–see what happens to you if you don’t go along with a lesbian “wedding,” or with some bearded man insisting he’s a woman, or with some race hustler demanding “reparations.” These are all perverse and evil notions–but who dares say so? And so they flourish.
Without faithfulness to God, we have nothing and we are nothing.
Meanwhile, a lot of Christians strain themselves trying to serve two masters.
This was part of a series of articles I wrote for Chalcedon, in 2006, about paganism and goddess worship in the churches.
It’s kind of long; but as you’ll see, if you read it, it’s long because there was so much material to report.
I thought I ought to re-run this piece because, although it’s almost 2020 now, there’s no sign of the paganized churches cleaning up their act. No denomination is safe.
They are at risk of divine judgment.
R.J. Rushdoony published this important essay in Chalcedon’s magazine, in 2000.
“Government” is not synonymous with the state. The state is only one of many spheres of government. Included as separate and equally important spheres are the self, the family, the church, and the school.
Modern statists try to devour or corrupt all the various spheres of “government” so that nothing remains between the individual and the state. In our time we have seen them encroach deeply on individual liberty, undermine the family, hamper the church, and turn the schools into Far Left indoctrination mills. Rushdoony spent much of his time and effort warning us of this–and current history starkly demonstrates how right he was.
Rev. Byron Snapp retired from writing for Chalcedon shortly before I came on board, so I never had the opportunity to work with him.
His 1999 magazine article, Oaths and Religion, reminds us that in this respect, at least, “religion and politics do mix.”
Bear in mind that this was written back when the Clinton impeachment trial in the Senate provided us with “a real opportunity for our society to see how it defines truth.” And what we wound up with was, “It depends on what is is.”
Now we have “your truth and my truth,” with men insisting that they’re women and all the rest of our current war against reality–a war, we might say, against truth itself.
Our posterity will laugh at us for that.
Here’s my review of David Horowitz’s grim little book.
Our greatest weakness in this cultural and political war is complacency. We have lives to live, work to do, families to raise, and we go about our business while Far Left Crazy eats away the foundations of our country. No one knows this better than David Horowitz. His book is both an analysis and a warning. We really ought to heed it.
Leftists are dead serious about turning America into something we would never recognize as America. It’s not something we can safely ignore. We see it every day in the news. And they’re not going to stop. They have to be defeated. Mr. Horowitz doesn’t tell us how to do that. It’s something we’ll have to discover for ourselves.
I’m convinced we have to start by breaking down a massive public education establishment whose chief purpose seems to be to crank out more leftists and dumb down everyone they can’t use to make a revolution. We should have started sooner.
Let’s not leave it until it’s too late.
There’s a lot of good stuff on the Chalcedon website today, and I hope some of you will visit it. But I’d like to highlight this message Mark Rushdoony wrote, the day after Thanksgiving.
“Without a belief in the certainty of God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven, we could become very discouraged,” Mark writes. That’s putting it mildly. Even the martyred saints in paradise find it hard to wait for that. If you don’t have a Bible handy, here’s the verses:
…I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? (Revelation 6:9-10)
We have to be faithful, we have to be patient.
God will do everything that He has said He will do, in His own time.
We have His promise. And we have His Son.
As you read this, Patty and I are on our way to Thanksgiving dinner with my brother and sister, and trying to stay alive on the Parkway. I appreciate your prayers to help us get there and back without any distressing incidents.
Mark Rushdoony wrote and published this piece in 2001, Thanks Be to God.
“The more we recognize what God does for us,” he said, “the more we see who God is.”
The Bible tells us of many ways and occasions of giving thanks to God. Importantly, thanksgiving to God ought to be a matter of personal gratitude. Personal. We are persons because God is a person, and He made us in His image.
We can start with thanking Him for that!
This essay by Andrea Schwartz would have been just as applicable in 2005 B.C. as it was in 2005, when Chalcedon published it.
How do we answer children’s questions, which can sometimes lead us well out of our comfort zones? Andrea’s advice is to “tell them things as they really are, rather than sugarcoat or mislead them.” Sometimes you have to tell the child about wrong or foolish things you did when you were his or her age. That’s not easy, but it is important.
My Aunt Florence almost drowned when she was a little girl because my mother, who was supposed to be watching over her little sister, got sidetracked playing with her friend and never saw Florence toddle into a nearby pond that the older kids used as a swimming hole. Good thing someone else saw it! It was a revelation to me, as a little boy, to learn that my mother once fell down on the job every bit as badly as I did… when I was supposed to be watching out for Alice but got distracted making mud pies with my cousin Jeffrey and never noticed her toddle out of sight–all the way out to Main Street!
And yes, I got what my mother got for not watching out for her sister.
I honor her today for her honesty.