Last week I lamented the national disgrace that Joe Biden was voted for by more than 70,000,000 people. A Biden/Harris administration is a grim prospect for people who love freedom and responsibility. But we have to accept the fact that life goes on. God is not going to rapture His people off the face of the earth. (Sorry, dispensationalists. I wish you were right, and that Christians would escape soon. But God doesn’t work like that.)
Since life goes on, we are going to have to keep living until we die. So what are we going to do in the coming years?
It may help us to remember that even if Donald Trump had won, things were not going particularly well in this country. We have been a basket case for a long time. We had a lot of work to do, even if Biden/Harris had been dramatically rejected by the voters. In fact, if someone had time-traveled from the 1950s and had seen the policies of Donald Trump, he would have assumed that a spend-spend type of leftism had captured the country. Nor did Mr. Trump do much to extricate us from foolish foreign interventions, or to defend our borders. His election would not have been much help to us. Our nation’s policies still would have been basically insane.
This is all depressing, but we have kind of earned our disaster. God gave us plenty of time to change the way we think and act, but we preferred not to use the time wisely. Now we are reaping the consequences.
I am going to list a large handful of things we can do if we want to try to find a way forward. We can’t go back. We have to go forward, like it or not.
The reader may object that the list could be summed up as “Be like Carl, and all will be well.” That is true to an extent, but not entirely. I reserve the right to refuse to follow my own advice. Certainly those who know me well will probably scratch their heads over some of these points, wondering where I get the gall to mention them. Please just examine the value or non-value of each point for yourself, and act accordingly. I’m just a guy. If what I say rings true, great. If it doesn’t ring true, reject it.
The first five points are sort of foundational. After that there is no particular order.
1/Consider the possibility that Christianity as presented in the Bible might be true. I understand that this cannot be proven. But we all live by faith of one sort or another. (See Cornelius Van Til.) And experience continues to show us that when we reject Christianity and Christian morality, things don’t go well. Disasters happen. People’s lives are ruined. So just consider the possibility that maybe Christianity is true. If you decide it is true, or might be true, don’t just say, “How interesting,” and move on. If it is true, it has consequences for how we live. On the other hand, if it isn’t true, you will find you have no solid intellectual foundation for living life.
2/Do something to end abortion. If killing unborn babies is not evil, then nothing is evil. The 70,000,000+ people who voted for Joe Biden unanimously agreed that killing babies was not evil. How can a person striving for semi-sanity accept such an idea? Abortion is perhaps the key issue of our era. If we eradicated all theft, ended corporate welfare, got taxation down to 1%, stopped intervening in the affairs of other countries, had honest money, and did many other good things, but still murdered unborn children, we would not be thinking clearly no matter how excellent the reforms we had made.
3/We have to learn to love truth more. Truth is under great attack in this country. A male is a female, and a female is a male; children can choose their gender. At least, so we are told. The best writer on the topic of truth is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Read especially his essay “The Smatterers” in the book From Under the Rubble. The book may be hard to find. If you can’t find the book, I’ll photocopy a handful of the most important pages and send them to you. Solzhenitsyn quoted a Russian proverb in one of his speeches: “One word of truth outweighs the whole world.” Truth is always crucial, and the decades ahead are likely to challenge us to give up the truth when pressure comes. Ponder the central importance of truth; that is, really think what kind of position we put ourselves in when we reject truth and believe lies. Solzhenitsyn backed up his respect for truth by the way he lived. It was not always easy for him, but he persevered. We can imitate him.
4/Honestly face the fact that our current brand of Christianity is not worth the powder to blow it to hell. I insist that there is much potential for good in the American Christian church. But it is mostly potential rather than rubber meets the road productive thought and action.
5/Cultivate a sense of sin. Humility is a rare virtue, but a lovely one. We are all pretty rotten, even after Jesus Christ regenerates and converts us. If we can remember that, it will help us in countless ways.
6/Pastors need to preach hard truths to us. Not 52 sermons a year, but maybe six or eight times a year. We need to be challenged, because we Christians aren’t thinking very clearly and aren’t acting with practical wisdom.
7/Be willing to be hated. If we speak the truth, we run the risk of being hated. None of us likes to feel the hatred of others. But it may become necessary.
8/Tithe to a Bible-believing church. The tithe (10% of one’s increase) is very important. If we are willing to steal from the God who died on the cross to save us from eternal death, who can trust us not to steal from our neighbor? If you are not yet a Christian, consider giving your tithe to some other worthy cause.
9/Be otherwise generous with your money.
10/Pray often. That includes praying for our enemies. They need God’s grace. But then so do we. If we are willing to extend grace to our enemies, then maybe God will be more likely to extend grace to us. We are not in control of reality. We are dependent on God. We can have increased peace of mind, if we pray. That way we show Him that we realize we need Him.
11/Marry and have several children. Pick a godly spouse. Don’t concern yourself overmuch with the physical appearance of your potential spouse. Pick a spouse whose character you can respect over the long haul. The family is a building block of Christian civilization.
12/Stop wanting to live off the production of others. That means we will need to give up public education, Social Security, Medicare, unemployment compensation, farm subsidies, and countless other things. If we are unwilling to give up subsidies stolen from the production of others, how are we different from the hardcore left represented by Biden/Harris and their allies?
13/Educate your children outside of public schools. But don’t automatically trust Christian schools. Right now and for the immediate future, they seem to be mostly just baptized humanism. They will probably not teach your children how to think and act as a biblical Christian should. Your children will have to learn that at home. Which means you will have to learn first, so that you can teach them. (There’s always a catch, isn’t there?)
That is enough for today. Next week I hope to publish part II. Despite the wretched condition in which the U.S. finds itself, there can be a practical way forward. Perhaps if we follow enough of the good paths, we will merge onto a pleasant thoroughfare helpful not only to us but also to people who currently are our enemies.