Christians Need a Paradigm Shift
Where do you live? As a Christian and American citizen what mental paradigm (worldview?) do you use to locate yourself?
Many evangelical Christians think of themselves as faithful worshipers of the true God living in an increasingly apostate
United was founded as a Christian country and has uniquely experienced the
blessings of God, primarily because of its Christian principles. However, our
country is departing from God as evidenced by such things as its almost total
removal of God from the public square, its embrace of religious pluralism, and
its accelerating moral laxity and depravity.
|D. James Kennedy|
How should Christians respond? They should rise and reclaim
God. Now. Before it is too late. The preachers (prophets) should stop minding their
ease and start minding the kingdom. They need to denounce the moral apostasy,
call for revival and reformation, and rally the faithful to God’s cause. They
should hold out the promise that “if my people who are called by my name humble
themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles
7:14). Believers need to wake up, shake
off their slumber, arm themselves, and fight the battle for America.
|Rousas J. Rushdoony|
A better paradigm is
in exile in Babylon.
We are the “elect exiles of the dispersion”, “living stones being built up as a spiritual house”, “a
chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession”,
who are called to live “as sojourners and exiles” (1 Peter 1:1; 2:4,9, 11).
For guidance we look not to the judicial (civil case law) of the Pentateuch but to the Prophets of the Exile. For example, we heed the inspired counsel of the Prophet Jeremiah:
“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for yours sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city to where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” (Jeremiah 29:6, 7).
We are citizens of God’s kingdom living in a country that is not our own or our home. We cannot and should not try to turn
We may be here awhile. Get on with life. Buy a house;
plant a garden; get married; have babies - lots of them. Pray for the welfare of the country
where you live for your temporal welfare is tied to its. Keep the faith alive
by developing synagogues where you will gather to sing, pray, and hear the
Word. Circumcise those baby boys and keep the Passover.
But is this it? Isn’t the kingdom going to be restored to us and we restored to the kingdom? Yes, your King will come marching across the wilderness to take you home again (Isaiah 40: 3-5, 9-10). Don’t forget that your “citizenship is in heaven and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20). You are not going to turn
into the Kingdom; your King is going to Kingdom to you and you to the Kingdom. Believe
it or not, this is “better country” because it is “a heavenly one” God “has
prepared” (Hebrews 11:16) for us.