From Generation to Generation (12)

Our progress in the past usually came slowly, and our recovery will come slowly. It will come as men, each in their sphere of action, begin the task of reconstruction. Reconstruction begins with our lives and God’s grace; it extends to our vocations, our institutions, homes and society. Life and progress are made up of a number of little things; we cover a mile by small steps, and the surest move forward is that small step rather than a giant day dream (Rousas Rushdoony, “Roots of Reconstruction,” 1991, p.752).

Political humanists believe in implementing their mad day dreams, that turn into people’s nightmares. They actually have no means of bringing about useful change in the community, so they always resort to impositions from on high that never achieve anything of value, except a colossal waste of our money.

We Christians must remember this, and never be taken in by humanistic propaganda, which doesn’t go away quickly.

You may remember that Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd went to the US in 2008, when banks there had been seriously in danger of collapse. He got some economic “coaching” from Hank Paulson, which was backed up by Australia’s Secretary to the Treasury, Ken Henry. Subsequently, the Labor Party panicked, and part of its response was to embark on Building the Education Revolution (BER). Labor Party leaders decided that Australia needed a big economic stimulus, due to the global financial crisis.

Was this a good idea? No.

Did it actually help Australians? No.

On 25 March 2014 three Australian academics published a paper in the International Journal of Public Administration that argued that the BER program represents a “‘case study’ of how governments should not pursue large-scale public expenditure programs”.[8] The paper says that the BER illustrates the pitfalls of large-scale public expenditure programs, and that it did not provide value for money.

Then today

A Treasury-commissioned review of Labor spending after the GFC has found it was a ‘misconceived’ waste of money.[1]

The BER cost taxpayers some $35 billion, and not a dollar of it was necessary, or helped children. It hasn’t lifted the quality of Australia’s education, and we’ll be paying interest on the money we borrowed, for years yet.

So political change through imposition from on high generally leads to disaster. That’s a good reason to avoid that kind of madness. But on the contrary, the Bible speaks about godly change positively. It teaches us that

…We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit (II Cor.3:18).

Concerning the godly man, the Bible says that

…His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields is fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers (Ps.1:2-3).

Real change begins with individuals. It has to be from the ground up, because while societies have a multitude of important institutions, they are fundamentally made up of people.

The Holy Spirit, in His plan to change nations, always begins with individuals. When those individuals submit themselves to God, their families then change. Ideally and over time, their church will change, too, and then their community.

How long will this take? I have no idea, but probably generations.

We’re in a church, and like all churches, there are problems. We’re willing to play a part in addressing those problems, and we all should be.

Abraham began with Sarah, who couldn’t have children. (That most certainly, didn’t look promising.) But miraculously she had Isaac, and his son Jacob went down to Egypt with 70 (Ex.1:5). Very quickly, through the fertile wombs of godly wives, and through God adding others to their number, there were between 2-3 million people who God brought out of Egypt under Moses.

This is why little steps are important. They don’t seem like it at the time; often they seem to be insignificant. Jacob’s going to Aram to get away from his murderous brother Esau (Gen.27:41-45) seemed like an Emergency Response, and it was just that.

But God used that emergency response to get him out of his house, and to meet up with Rachel and Leah, both of whom he married. When he returned some 30-40 years later (Gen.33:17-20), things with Esau had changed for the better.


You’ve made some small steps in faithfulness to God?  Good.  He probably has a lot more steps for you to take, before the journey’s over.

And what’s the key? Staying on the path.

Better for you and your family that you choose a whole succession of small but godly steps through a lifetime of serving God, than a hellish nightmare that results from pursuing humanism’s day dreams.



[1] “The Australian,” 9/12/2016.