More than Just Conservative (IV)

If it is true, as Berman believed,[1] that we are approaching the end of an era, then it is incumbent on Christians to begin to rethink their covenantal heritage. They must begin to offer an alternative to the present collapsing social order, and this alternative must be self-consciously judicial. Christians must become judicial revolutionaries, not simply defenders of the present legal order. If we remain on the deck of this sinking ship claiming that it is in principle conforming with biblical principles, we shall go down with it. Sticking with the status quo means sure death by drowning.[2]

No one likes change. We all like things to go on just as they have, because that means we don’t have to contemplate interruptions to our normal procedure. But history shows that when people hang on doggedly to an untenable ideological, philosophical or theological position, doctrine or practice, they ultimately get swept away in an onslaught, which only reveals the stupidity of their position. Karl Marx is not so fashionable in the West, since 1991.

And if we believe in the Church that the Bible is the text-book for our faith and practice, then how have we applied this to the nations of the world?  Is the Bible God’s text for the nations, or does He only want it selectively applied to individuals, families and the Church? (Remember this: the terms “nations” is used over 450 times in the scriptures.) And if we believe that God judges everyone and everything that is hostile to Him, we had best open our eyes to the scriptures, along with the affairs of the world, to see how these two are intersecting.  We may find some conflict.

If there is a wholesale contempt for God and His Word displayed amongst the nations of the world, there will be judgment on those nations as a consequence. The Bible shows us in many places, God turning up the heat on nations that have held Him and His Word in contempt.

Think of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible says that “…the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground” (Gen.19:24-25). God held them accountable for their contempt of Him.

No doubt there may be some who will claim, “That was the Old Testament.” Yes, it was. But Jesus also said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted” (Mat.15:13). He wasn’t speaking of potatoes. Ultimately, nothing will be able to stand against the kingdom of God, and God can be relied on to back up His Word, as He repeatedly did in the Bible.

Christians are glad to be conservative politically, when it means conserving those things that have Biblical legitimacy. But the Christian wants to do more than merely conserve. He wants to GROW things, especially those things that correspond to his Christian faith.

Think of this:

All over the world, classrooms are being scrapped as retarding influences. Many employers of the 21st Century know that college degrees represent little of value; often a negative value. One of the most liberating developments of the early 21st Century is the broad realization that schooling retards both learning and education. Through the internet, real accelerated learning is becoming decentralized and de-institutionalized. So are people. Children and adults are learning how to learn, how to think, and how to make long-term plans for a long-term future. What they want to do now is build, and perhaps re-build some of the things destroyed by counterculture.[3]

I’m not interested in trying to preserve public education; I look forward to the day when it collapses. Why? It’s not in the Bible, it’s hostile to God and family life, is detrimental to children and their education, and is an utter waste of billions. But I am overjoyed at the prospect of millions of children being successfully home-educated by their parents. Then, we’ll really see some great strides forward for children, families, churches and for the nations of the world.

But if that is the way ahead with education, what about other things? What about how we deal with criminals? Why shouldn’t we think about crime Biblically?

That would mean three things: restoring restitution (the notion that criminals should pay back at least double what they have stolen), capital punishment for capital offenses such as murder, and getting rid of gaols, which have no place under Biblical law. Aspects of Biblical law as it applies to criminal activity are found throughout the first five books of the Bible, but especially Exodus 20-23 and Deuteronomy 6-27.

Gaols are very expensive places for taxpayers to maintain. They are also places of oppression, violence and sexual abuse, and they do nothing for the victims of crime, who have suffered loss. Victims of crime suffer loss from criminal activity, having to pay for legal assistance, then suffer loss through having to pay for the maintenance of criminals in gaol. But if criminals had to pay restitution to their victims (at least double) it would probably teach them very quickly that crime doesn’t pay.

This is one of the reasons Biblical law is so liberating for godly people. The Bible actually calls it “…the law of liberty” (James 2:12).

The notion that we could once again embrace Biblical law may seem revolutionary to some. But society is in such decline, and there is such disenchantment with the judicial outcomes we are presently seeing in the community, that it may not be long before we see societies ready for the reinstatement of Biblical law. This happened in King Josiah’s time (II Kings 22-23), and it could very well happen today.

We might hardly know ourselves.

[1] Harold Berman, “Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition,” 1983, p.v.

[2] Gary North, “Authority and Dominion,” 2012, Vol.6, p.1637.

[3] Geoffrey Bodkin, “The Reasons for Optimism,” Part 2, 19/12/2012. (See