This blog is titled “Across the Stars”, because I am confident that God wants life to spread off this blessed little drop of life we reside on today. The stars and the plants cry out for life, and we are the ones who are meant to get it there.
I only have indirect Biblical evidence, with Christ having All Things – including the stars – under His feet, and we being meant to be co-rulers with Him forever. Also Adam was a gardener, cultivating the wild lands and turning them into a garden.
If I have it right, then our expansion into the stars is part of God’s hidden will, as opposed to His revealed will. A quick aside to Ligonier:
God has not told us everything that He knows. There are secrets that belong to Him alone. On the other hand, the Lord has revealed other things that are for us and our children forever (Deut. 29:29).
Our focus today is on God’s hidden, or secret will, which is alluded to in today’s passage and other portions of Scripture. Some theologians refer to it as the will of decree since the Lord’s hidden will encompasses His sovereign decrees by which all things come to pass (Ps. 33:11; Isa. 46:8–10). As we saw last month in our study of providence, these decrees are unalterable and are what Scripture alludes to when it says God cannot change His mind (Num. 23:19). We cannot know these decrees in advance, and they are, as Dr. R.C. Sproul teaches, “none of our business.” His sovereign will does indicate what the course of our life will be, but it never excuses our sin.
We must take care to not focus on the Lord’s secret will inordinately and at the expense of His will revealed in Scripture. Primarily, we remember His hidden will so that we will not forget that God has a good purpose for His people that cannot be thwarted (Rom. 8:28). But we are to live our lives according to His revealed will.
It is part of God’s revealed will that we should cover the Earth.
It was part of God’s hidden will that we should fly, even to the Moon. This would have been seen as utterly impossible before 1783, when the first successful hot-air balloon flight kicked in over France. Things have advanced since then – and I trust that they will continue to advance, far into the future.
Thus, I think that it is part of God’s hidden will that we should reach to the stars, and bring the worlds to life. But that is just my opinion: there is no force of Scripture to support me on this, just the observation of trend-lines and the belief that technological advances will continue to push ahead – coupled with the silence of the stars, a silence waiting for the children of their Maker to give them voice.
Where We Should Be, Pre-Parousia
If I am right, then we have an obligation to push forward, to reach the destiny appointed to us. And if I am wrong, it will be obvious soon enough – which would merely restrict us to only terraforming the worlds and moons of this solar system, or some other task suitable for our rapidly-expanding power over nature.
(Or perhaps you thought that God has ordained Man to play video games and drown in pornography for the rest of existence, while enjoying 3D printed food, robot service, and near-free energy? NO – we are put here to work, and to work well, to the glory of God!)
Or perhaps after reaching our highest state of perfection, we will reach the final rebellion of the last hold-outs against Christ – which then brings forth the Second Coming, the Parousia, and the End of the Age.
But I doubt that we will reach such a state of glory soon. The Bible speaks of generations – even thousands of generations – of righteous men, obeying God willing as they conduct their labours in Creation.
Pegging a generation at 40 years, that’s at least 40,000 years. But that’s just ‘a thousand generation’ (Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 5:10, 7:9): so it’s more reasonable to assume something more like hundreds of thousands of years of human history, possibly millions.
Thousands of generations of righteous men, with many (almost all?!?) having access to robotics and nanotech and (near) free energy and 3D printing and networked everything and an ever-expanding internet.
Almost all of whom would regard animals not as the near-direct handiwork of God (with only a few hundred generations of breeding at the hands of ranchers, etc), but as the partial or complete creation of labs and biological synthesizers, perhaps run by high-level computer programs, almost certainly run by robots.
The kind of people who would look upon you and me as near-contemporaries of Jesus Christ. “You mean, you walked the Earth – THE Earth, where we all came from – a mere two thousand years after Christ resurrected? With real, unaltered horses and grass?”
While reading North’s Moore’s Law and Our Lives, he mentioned that Cro-Magnon Man was as much under the Ten Commandments as us. It’s going to be the same for our genetically altered and cybernetic descendents. Sure, he may well have much more power at his fingertips – but that just means much more responsibility before the face of God. And before the face of eternity, a lifespan of 70,000 years is much the same as a lifespan of 70 years.
With that much power, it will be very very easy for that Future Man to destroy himself, in all sorts of ways. And quite difficult to hew close to the way of life, that Christ – the first Future Man – laid down for us.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” – John 14:12
Greater works than healing the sick by touch, and raising the dead, and walking on water?
…and as for the Black Americans…
We may reach the stars – I expect so.
But it is more likely that, before we even get decent sublight generation ships that can keep out the intense radiation of interstellar space, or finally get cracking on setting up proper settlement on Mars, we will simply eradicate poverty (as an absolute, not as a comparative measure) and be well on the way to seriously expanding our lifespans.
But long before widespread near-free food and energy, the Welfare State would have hit it’s mathematical limits, and promptly collapse.
A LOT of Black Americans have hitched their stars on this government gravy train, and they are going to suffer when it grinds to a halt. And not just by direct welfare payments and food stamps, either.
The thing is, False Gods have a way of falling apart.
So, what should they be doing now, in the last of the Indian Summer breezes before winter?
It is the Church – not the State – that should handle charity and care for the poor. Unfortunately, a lot of churches has chosen to follow the lead of Martin Luther & the Catholic Church, instead of what God has explicitly commanded. As noted in American Vision:
The Church is the “Heavenly Kingdom,” we are told. Everything thing else—all those “worldly” matters—pertains to the “Earthly Kingdom.” Thus we have “Two Kingdoms,” and never the twain shall meet until Christ returns.Meanwhile we have a world filled—and churches filled—with people who have needs: financial needs, health needs, debt needs, old age needs, etc., etc. These are all things addressed by both 1) Old Testament law, and 2) New Testament teaching (which is usually based on Old Testament law). But the “Two Kingdoms” mentality tells us that 1) Old Testament law no longer applies, except maybe the Ten Commandments in a vague moral sense (what you do in your private life!), and 2) all social and civil matters will fall out according to God’s will in the realm of nature and under the rule of earthly governments. Que sera, sera! So they ignore the vast majority if not all of the Bible’s social teaching. Then they direct their people to the pagan Welfare State for social needs.
So, for example, when Paul gives very clear directions to the Church on how to take care of needy widows, the Church today would largely ignore this teaching. If a Christian widow over sixty with no money, no family, and no prospects came to the church, what would the church do? Would it pour over 1 Timothy 5 for matters of principle? Would it be prepared to support her indefinitely if necessary? Or would it assume she should live off of the State instead? For most, sad to say, the question of supporting her would not even arise.
Today’s churches, like Luther, refuse to preach the law to the princes, kings, and themselves. They ignore laws that pertain to social issues, and abdicate their responsibility to the “other kingdom”—the State.
But they still pass the plate. They still want the giving. They still dress finely and build enormous buildings. This is not bad per se, but the Church building and the pastors’ salaries are historically the greatest portion of the Churches’ budgets. And when the church grows, what do we do? We take in more money and build yet a bigger building, sometimes borrowing millions—thereby pledging future tithes to the building. Money is drained and drained for these purposes. And what return do we get on these investments? What stewardship? A building that sits empty up to six days a week. And should someone in the church turn up with long-term health, insurance, or dependency issues, they get directed to the extorting State for their help: “There’s no program here for that.”
This behaviour has to stop.
And the first place it should stop is in the Black Church.
I will add that education should be placed in the hands of Black families as well, and the Black Church should draw up a useful curriculum for anyone who does not care to expose their children to the standard perversion, drugs, and bullying of the State Church, also known as the public school system.
Naturally, I recommend the Ron Paul Curriculum, on the menu bar of this page, but I would be quite happy if Black Christians decided to make their own.
It is the father of the household that should care for the family, not the State. From the Acton Institute:
The poverty rate among married couples is less than half the average (about 6 percent). And for married couples who both have full-time jobs, the rate is almost non-existent (0.001 percent). The rate for single parents, though, is about 4 to 5 times higher than for married couples (25 percent among single dads and 31 percent among single moms).
Politicians and bureaucrats make poor substitutes for intact families.
And then what?
The time will come – in a generation or two – when the current depraved thugdom that makes up much of Black culture will be done, vanished with the welfare programs and the public schools that supported it.
Then what, for Black America?
Serious Thinking Wanted
It’s up to them, really. But personally, I would really like to see a tradition of Biblical scholarship rise up, that takes the Bible seriously.
The last great African Christian scholar I know of is Augustine. An exceptionally great man, but that’s over a thousand years ago, and having just one simply isn’t enough.
The life of the mind – yes, even the Black mind – is worth cultivating. Especially since the world could use their realistic-yet-faithful ways of thinking – AFTER it has been disciplined by the hand of Divine Law, and gained a respect for Logic, History, and Mathematics.
(There are a ton of State-adoring types who got rid of the “Divine Law” part. I have no use for such power-seeking tyrants who long only to steal God’s authority and give it to themselves, no matter how much they yell about how they Love the People or whatnot.)
And why should Walter Williams be the greatest standard-bearer here? Where are the Black men who should be standing with William Norman Grigg against the murderous, above-the-law police forces of today?
Many Blacks love both God and Liberty – why should I almost always have to turn to Godly, Educated White Men to get the information and support I need?
Why aren’t Blacks demanding the freedom of their brothers in jails? Why are they fighting against the wage laws that keep them unemployed? Why haven’t they made their own online schools, or leading the charge for homeschooling? Why haven’t they turned away from lying Black politicians – who keep them in a lower state than White ones would?
Why do they just stand idly by, while others fight the good fight? Must they always rely on others to give them their freedom? Or was Martin Luther King Jr good enough in the 60s, so there is nothing left to be done today – except to vote Democratic?
Turning the Ship Around
Blacks for the longest time have had an anti-literacy, anti-family, and thus anti-Biblical attitude. This is the way of failure, not success.
I am not a Darwinist, so I don’t believe that Blacks are simply genetically inferior, so there’s nothing to be done about it. I am a Christian, so I believe that individuals and societies make choices – sometimes, stupid, evil, and foolish choices.
But again, precisely because I am a Christian, I believe that people, nations, and tribes can repent, individually and collectively. They can turn from death, and towards life; from a self-centred life of sterility, to a life oriented to God and family and neighbours, and even the strangers in the neighbourhood.
They can stop living for immediate pleasures, and instead build for the future.
They can stop blaming society, or the White man, or whatever – even if justified, it’s a waste of time and energy.
Time to stop wailing, and start to take responsibility for their own lives, and their own people.
Black Americans can do this. Some already are doing so, to their profit and their blessing. But more must do so, if they (and more importantly, their future generations) are to reach the stars – or any other glorious destiny God has ordained for them, from before the beginning of the world.