Law and Society (III)

The foundations of all law are in essence religious and theological: they are questions of ultimacy and moral necessity. Law without faith is an impossibility. Every law order is a moral and a theological order, a structuring of society in terms of a fundamental faith.[1]

Man without God deeply resents the idea of his dependence on God. “Don’t give me any of that God stuff!” But his problem won’t go away. He is a creature of God’s making, and the only way he can truly understand himself is when he accepts the theological and therefore practical fact that he is made in the image of God, and dependent on God.

Furthermore, man is always and at all times a religious person. When he ignores this fact and tries to be “Mr Independence,” his religious nature manifests in humanism. His faith in God is thus transferred to a faith in man-himself or other people.

Humanistic man’s relationship to law is similar. Of course he rejects the idea of Biblical law, so he come forth with a substitute: humanistic law. But humanistic law is one that quickly moves towards tyranny; it always has. Why? Because it lacks the Biblical absolutes that alone can guarantee freedom, which Jesus spoke of in John 8:31-32. The way to determine the origin of a law is to determine who we’re supposed to have faith in for its operation. And if a law is Christian, you’ll be able to find it in the Bible.

So we have to resolve two questions. Which law, and which faith? The future of any society revolves around the successful resolution of these two questions.

Culture follows from, arises from, and is dependent upon faith. Spiritual loyalty to God, in faith, must precede and be the ground of all cultural change. It not only must be, it inevitably will be. The gospel has inevitable consequences, and so does Baalism.[2]

What has the West done historically? It has been heavily influenced by Christian law, because of the West’s Christian faith. This faith has had a significant impact in terms of the development of the West. Since 1660, this faith has been progressively undermined by humanism, whilst there has been a healthy residue in the West’s common law tradition. This too is being undermined, right under the nose of the Church.

This means that Christians individually must be the advocates of change. It means that we must know what we believe, and why. It means that we cannot be passive in the face of continued cultural and national decline, but must be prepared to speak out boldly and confidently on the matters of the day, from a sound Christian and Biblical base.

This will not happen successfully, without a quantum change of attitude, and a good deal of education in what really constitutes a Biblical world view, so that a remnant is prepared to fight. And so what’s also required is time, patience and resilience in the face of a continued humanistic assaults on society and the Church; we cannot fight something with nothing. David had his band in the cave of Adullam (I Sam.22:1-2). Furthermore, the real solution is far more than something merely political. It must have its foundations in the grass roots of the community, if change is to be effective.

But we must approach this issue with faith in God. Do our present circumstances have any historical precedents? Of course, especially in the history of the children of Israel, which had a great number of setbacks and defeats, all marked by a turning from God, and His subsequent judgment.

And what brought about the necessary changes? A remnant of people who were prepared to both serve God faithfully, and also to serve as spokesmen and leaven in the community, leading the way in instigating change.

Sometime, some unlikely looking person (or people) with only five stones and a sling, will have to step out in front of a well armed humanistic giant, bring him down, and cut his head off.

Would you like to be part of a team that does this? Today, begin the process of filling your heart and mind with a Biblical world view, and prepare to receive your Captain’s marching orders.

They might come sooner than you think.

[1] Rousas Rushdoony, “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.893-4.

[2] James Jordan, “Judges: God’s War on Humanism,” 1985, p.59.