By James Brown Jr.
Super Tuesday is over and I am sitting here in my office early the next morning wondering about the future of my children and grandchildren. With each step of America’s decline you wonder which stride will put us over the edge.
America has been shifting away from its foundational principles and worldview for over 100 years. We have personally witnessed the increased dynamics of this shift since the 1960’s when it turned into a cultural revolution. For the last 15 years it has spiraled out of control as the transformation of America is nearly complete.
Many of us have been fighting this revolution for decades. I was born in 1969 and raised in the cultural revivals of the moral majority during the Reagan years. It was during those years that the Christian Right strategically, if not artificially, gave lip-service to God’s Law in worldview principles and morality. It was not a perfect movement but it gave us an environment that was fertile to promote reformation in the Church, family and civil government.
Although we have not accomplished the movement’s original goals, it did produce sparks that rekindled the fires of familial, ecclesiastical and civil reformation. It is by no means a consuming fire but fire nonetheless.
In spite of the failures of the movement, even the goals to stop abortion, revive Christian influence in the civil society and reengage the Church as salt and light have seen progressive success in many areas. It has not been everything we desired but this reprieve in the 1980’s and 1990’s gave many factions of the Church time to reassess its theological foundations. The result has been a sharp division of Evangelicalism into two main groups. One group is moving towards Biblical and historical orthodoxy and the other an emerging clone of the present and ever-changing culture.
Because of the additional time allotted to us by the conservative resurgences, both ecclesiastical and civil, we have been blessed with a revival of Reformed theology and practice. It was just a few decades ago that Calvinists were considered dinosaurs and if there was a Calvinist pastor among any group he was considered the associational idiot. Dr. D. James Kennedy was the most known Reformed pastor by the fundamentalist evangelicals due to his national TV program and engagement of the culture. Because of his obedience to the Scriptures in things ecclesiastical, familial and civil many were influenced with his Biblical and Reformed worldview.
The Moral Majority Movement of the 1980’s was reactionary and lacked the theological and practical application necessary to bring about true reformation. There was not an abiding theological platform or practical plan based upon the eternal truth of God’s Word. What was present in this movement was a high view of Scripture and a general sense that we had rejected the faith of our fathers. Although deficient to produce a true revival and reformation, these foundation stones were helpful in producing ground that was fertile for the rekindling of Reformed faith and practice.
What we must remember is that the result of the resurgences was only a better climate in which to work. The ecclesiastical and theological work that followed was the actual commencement of rebuilding the foundations. This foundational work is still in its infancy. We have still yet to witness an actual movement that is able to begin rebuilding our society. Many are still attempting to build without a proper foundation and as soon as the storms come the structure is once again demolished. Until we get the foundations correct, nothing is going to be able to withstand the storms sweeping through our land.
The chief work before us is in rebuilding ecclesiastical foundations. The sooner we realize this the better off we will be. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone that joins the foundations of the prophets and apostles (Ephesians 2:20-22).
Without the proper foundation our building efforts in the family or civil society are vain. This is why the Psalmist declared in Psalm 127:1, “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” In spite of these warnings, we continue to do things our own way and refuse to submit unto the Architect.
Because of our lack of faith, we continue to forsake the House of the Lord and build our own familial and civil towers of Babel. When God brought the children of Judah out of captivity the first thing they were instructed to do was to rebuild the House of the Lord.
The Church is not some individual preference or societal resource but is the central component to any society. This is why the Tabernacle was in the center of the Israel’s camp in the wilderness. Every aspect of life hinged upon it. Unless we are rebuilding from this blueprint, all of our efforts are being wasted.
This does not mean that we disengage civilly. We must continue to fight the battles and support any candidate that is theologically and civilly orthodox. However, we should not be surprised and depressed to the point of despair when the most Biblical candidate is rejected.
For instance, three years ago we planted Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity in one of the most conservative counties in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 68,894 and we are the only conservative Reformed church in Morgan county. Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity has an average attendance of 35-40 people. Although there are many in our county who have orthodox views on certain doctrines and practices, the fact of the matter is the overwhelming majority of the theological and civil worldviews are anti-Reformed. In other words, they are unbiblical and we wonder why the family and civil society is in such a mess.
“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” –Psalm 11:3
When the foundations are destroyed it is impossible to proactively influence and change a society. It is this question that the small Reformed remnant is being faced with on the heels of a disappointing Super Tuesday, and every Presidential election since the early 1900’s except for one short reprieve in the 1980’s.
Although the Republican nomination is far from over, we are generally expected to crown the GOP candidate after Super Tuesday as if the rest of the states don’t matter. But, even though there is a realistic chance of seeing the most principled and proven conservative win the nomination, we must acknowledge the momentum is against us. If you have not noticed by now, we are the underdogs. The religious, political and media establishments are opposed to us and have been for decades.
Another loss in a national election would be just one more devastation in a long line of destruction decisions. We have reached the point where the blessings of God that flowed from our forefathers are barely visible. The curses of our disobedience are now front and center as we see the last bastion of conservative Christian principles give way to liberalism.
Although we are no longer surprised by the Democratic sewer, it is still distressing when our demise comes in the name of conservative populist fever. Those who have enlisted in this cause to champion the principles this nation was founded upon are increasingly comfortable with compromising eternal truths. We have went from a devout cultist in Romney to a hedonist in Trump.
We have a situation where the conservative base is revolting against the corrupt, unprincipled establishment of the GOP by electing a corrupt, unprincipled insider just because he was not previously holding a political office. What is especially confusing is that he is being chosen over a principled and proven conservative Christian.
The problem is that we have allowed ourselves to become sidetracked from the principal thing, which has caused us to be influenced by the Trojan Horses of our enemies to abandon all principles. When you get off course in the early stages the effect of your errors are going to be much greater later on.
The main thing we should be focused upon is rebuilding the Church if we want to restore America. The Church is the “pillar and ground of the truth” as Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:15. In relation to this truth, which is God’s Word (John 17:17), Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” ( John 8:32). We cannot expect to free the family or society from its unbiblical worldviews and practice if God’s institution for truth is apostate.
What we need is a liberty movement that is focused upon freeing the inhabitants of the land from the tyranny of sin. Only then can the family and civil society be free from the sin of tyrants. But unless the Church is leading the charge there is no other institution or entity authorized by God for this task.
The GOP has become a part of nitwits thinking that truth is produced in a vacuum. We call for truth and we even affirm that the Bible is truth, but we have abandoned the entity that is the support of the truth. Even among conservative Reformed Christians, the biggest issue we face is their refusal to be joined to a conservative confessional church of the ancient faith. Many either attend already compromised or presently compromising churches. Still others attend no church at all unless you profane Christ’s name by calling their unorthodox and unauthorized Bible study a church.
It is within this context that we come to each election hoping that we will get bailed out for our disobedience. As discouraging as these elections are, the fact of the matter is God is not going to rapture us out physically or spiritually. Even if someone like Ted Cruz was elected President it would not solve our problems or nullify our responsibility to rebuild our foundations and institutions under Christ.
The universal principle is one of sowing and reaping. We do not get to sow bad seed and reap a land flowing with milk and honey. We must fight the good fight of faith according to the means God has ordained. We cannot rebuild the foundations upon sinking sand. They must be build upon the Rock, which is Christ.
The rejection of Christ's authority is the real issue we are facing. The overwhelming majority of Churches, Christians and citizens do not want Christ ruling over them ecclesiastically, domestically and/or civilly. The fruit of this is that most voters are more concerned about getting their job back from Mexico or China rather than stopping the murder of 50 million babies.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." -Matthew 6:33
However, instead of seeking the kingdom and righteousness of God, we are more concerned about giving our time, energy and money to a reactionary populist movement. America is not going to recover from its decline and ultimate destruction if we do not rebuild the foundations. Just as judgment begins with the Church so too does reformation.
As we realistically deal with a disobedient nation, let us remember that this is not a message of despair but of hope. Whether this present system can be repaired or if we must rebuild from the ashes of a destroyed society, the gates of hell will not prevail against Christ’s Church (Matthew 18:16). The kingdoms of the world will be shaken and will crumble, but the saints of God shall be given dominion through Christ over all nations.
“And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” –Daniel 7:14
“And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.” –Daniel 7:27
“To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” –Hebrews 12:23-29
Christ has been granted all power and authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18) and for this reason we are to go establish and/or advance Christ’s Church by preaching the Gospel of Christ’s kingdom, assimilating believers into His Church and teaching them obedience unto Him in all things (Matthew 28:19-20) until the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and Christ (Revelation 11:14).
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God.” –Psalm 42:5
Yet, with all of that said, we do and should have concern for our nation. We should also be engaged in proclaiming and establishing the truth throughout our society.
Just because we must rebuild the destroyed foundations does not mean we abandon our responsibilities in any sphere. God ordained the Church, family and civil government for the governing of every particular nation. Our work for the kingdom of God is in all three jurisdictions.
There is no question that this election is a very important stage in our history. We have seen the rapid rise of the wicked and if we are not able to temporarily stem the tide in this election, we will most likely experience a tsunami of wickedness and judgment in the next decade or two. God could be gracious unto us and change the course of our history in an extraordinary way, but the ordinary sequence of blessings and cursings is in time and space.
Seeds are not planted one day and grow up into a harvest the next. It takes time and we must be willing to patiently work in hope. This slow moving law of harvest is due to the long-suffering of God. Even when years have been wasted there is time for repentance. Therefore, as bad as things appear today, by the grace of God, we can begin to chart a new course.
However, the indication of the present attitude in America is that we are not yet ready for repentance. This is easily seen in the GOP Presidential primaries of 2016. We acknowledge our destructive course but we will not submit to the One who can change the course of our history.
It has been said that there is not a dimes worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. Both have the same charted course of destruction with the only difference being the Republicans wanting to take longer to get there. This election reveals this truth in greater clarity than before.
The Republicans have a choice between a principled Christian constitutionalist, a hedonistic humanist and an establishment pawn. These three basically represent the split in the GOP but this year the momentum seems to be a coalition of Democratic crossovers, libertines, fascists, humanists and duped Christians. Although the Christian constitutionalists camp is running a strong second and is still in the race, it is discouraging to see the conflicting illogical thinking of those who reject God.
We cannot ignore the strong rejection of Christian government by those who appear to be declaring, “We will not have this man [Jesus Christ] to rule over us.” Once again it appears the masses are going to vote for Barabbas instead of Jesus.
No doubt, I will be accused of oversimplifying the issues at hand but for those who are committed to a Christian worldview it is obvious. However, we should not allow ourselves to be discouraged in light of the present crisis. Instead of sounding retreat our response must be a call to arms for the saints of God to rally around the banner of our King, Jesus Christ.
The sound of the trumpet you hear in central Indiana is Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity calling every able-bodied follower of Christ to muster and become a part of this army of the Cross. Now is not the time to isolate ourselves in fear or continue the barrage of excuses that have silenced so many in the past. If we really desire to see Christ exalted as Lord and Christ we must present ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) in His service. We need an ecclesiastical revival of the motto, “For King and country!”
When we stand before the judgment seat of Christ what excuse will we give Him for our isolation, disengagement and apathy? Are we going to tell Him that the 45 or 60 minute drive was just too far? Are we going to explain how doctrinally and practically pure we were and could not sully ourselves with Christ’s body?
There is only one reason why we find ourselves in this present dilemma. We, like the children of Israel, have refused to obey the voice of the Lord to go, take and occupy this land in His name.
“Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” –Hebrews 3:12-19
Christ has promised His Church victory if we would simply obey Him. The reason why we are walking in disobedience is because we do not truly believe, for if we did, we would unite ourselves with the closest true Church of Jesus Christ and become engaged in this rebuilding process.