Left Behind, and Idle Hands

My favourite part is in 47:58, where we hear:

We have to think long term in terms of the Kingdom of Christ. Not five years ahead. Not ten years ahead. Not twenty years ahead. But what legacy do we leave behind, as a follower of Jesus for my great-great-great-great-great grandchildren? Thinking 500 years ahead, a thousand years ahead?

There’s more than one way to go about this. Everyone who preaches the love of the Law and the Lawgiver, Jesus Christ, is contributing to the future, and laying a solid foundation for future generations of Christians… and for Christ’s reign to cover the earth.

Some of the smarter laymen encourage believers to gain wealth, so they can further redeem the world – this is Gary North’s walk.

I don’t have that gift, but I can tell stories which I hope convey some of the truths of Christ’s Word, and point out a few things that Christians who seek to expand the rule of God (instead of cowardly hiding from reality) should keep in mind. I also am fond of technology, and hope to build up its welcome in Christian hearts, as a tool of dominion – in time, and on earth.

As my readers can guess, I think that we’ll have a great future, on earth and in the heavens – even other worlds and stars. But do reach our potential, we need righteous hearts, and faith in the Lord. And it needs to start here, on this world, with the people we are with today.

For any Divine, Biblical promise of the stars is vague and unclear; but what is clear is the command to spread the word of God and teach the nations to obey Christ, on this world, and in our lifetimes! This is fine with me: “foundations before superstructure.”

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. — Genesis 1:14-18


There is no question that Genesis 1:14-16 states clearly that the stars, sun, and moon have a specific purpose. They were created on the fourth day to replace the supernatural light that had governed night and day for the first three days. They were created to give light and to separate day from night, as well as to serve as means of identifying the seasons. It is this which is the heart of the conflict between secular science and biblical revelation. The Bible clearly states that the universe is theocentric, for God created it. This means, in turn, that the earth, as the home of man, the image of God, is the center of the universe, for it is the center of God’s concern, the place where His Son was to live and die and rise again. This does not necessarily mean that the earth is the spatial center of the universe, if indeed it is possible to conceive of the spatial center of the universe. There are some indications that it is not mentally possible. is It does mean that it is the center of God’s interest and plan, and the fact that it was created prior to the heavenly bodies should be sufficient to prove the point. The heavenly orbs were designed by God to serve man and the other living creatures. This is the Purpose of the heavenly bodies. — Gary North, The Dominion Covenant: Genesis, page 19

Modern society insists that man has no meaning, and no purpose.

Modern society is dying.

Let it die.

Our duty is to Christ, and to the future He has laid out for us. As the enemies of Christ shrink and fall, we must expand and grow, with more children, more freedom, a deeper understanding of Christ’s will, a greater desire to see His will executed continuously on Earth – as perfectly as it is in Heaven.

This world is a training ground for humanity, as surely as the Land of Israel was for the Israelites. It is a training ground for the faithful servants of Christ, His adopted sons, to know how to follow Christ’s Law-Word. Everything follows from here.

We are to redeem all, in Christ’s name. Certainly this world, and every nation.

It is Christ, not Satan, who rules this world. Jesus Christ is on the throne right now, and we are to expand His dominion right now – and forevermore!

I personally believe that we are also to bring life to the world and stars above us: but that’s my thinking. A good case can be made that Christ must come first, as only He can purify our hearts to the extent needed to handle the raw amount of technological power we will gain/are gaining right now. But in any case, we should be striving for greater sanctification of our hearts right now, even before He arrives, so we will be fit tools to expand His rule.

After all, God has seen fit to put in the hands of sinful men the ability to split the atom, to create plagues, and to create entire new forms of life.

It is definitely possible that we will create machines that are smarter than humanity, to gain the ability to cross the stars, to terraform worlds, to live for centuries.

To profit from these coming advances – and not have them merely become a noose around our necks – we must hew close to the commandments of Christ, in private and in public, individually and collectively,  in the laws of our government and the laws of our heart.

(And not to, say, some government bureaucracy that thirsts only for More State Power; or yet another pack of self-serving politicians; or the certified white-coat priesthood. The authority of lawless, godless, self-adoring men falls apart, and isn’t worth a second’s thought for any Christian.)

In his article Pessimism Produces Defeat. Optimism Produces Victory. Victory Takes Time, North reminds us that pessimists – most definitely including premillenialists – act like a defeated people, and so become a defeated people. They lost hope, they don’t save, they don’t plan for the future, they have no drive to push their children to be self-governing, productive men. “After all, the world is doomed! Why waste your time? Just pray that the Rapture will come soon!”

Optimists are productive, hope for victory, and push continuously for it. They plan for the future, and raise their children well, to gain even more territory. “Optimism produces victory… in the long run.”

But in his article Computer in the Driver’s Seat: Self-Driving Cars vs. Keynesian Planning, we are reminded of the truth of the proverb ‘The Devil Loves Idle Hands’ – as Adam in the garden amply demonstrated for us, to our enduring sorrow. It is quite likely that in fifty years, there will be food for all, and electricity for all, and health for all, and technological brains for all, and 3D printing  – yes, even for the lowliest peasant in Africa, or the hunter-gatherers in the Amazon, or the despised untouchables in India.

Lots of easy wealth – and not even fake, debt-financed Keynesian wealth, but the real thing.

That means a lot of opportunity for idleness, and envy (for we will still find things to envy in others, if we have evil hearts), and evil.

Instead of slacking off or going to VR fantasies, we should use our greater power to create greater works for the glory of God.

And if this means planning the expansion of humanity (and life itself) to the stars int he coming centuries, then so be it.

As I wrote before:

After all, God has seen fit to put in the hands of sinful men the ability to split the atom, to create plagues, and to create entire new forms of life.

It is definitely possible that we will create machines that are smarter than humanity, to gain the ability to cross the stars, to terraform worlds, to live for centuries.

There is no escape from reality, or responsibility. We must face it, and use it in accordance to the will of God and so live in liberty and joy, leading to life – and not in the will of Man, and so live under slavery and sorrow, leading to death.

This means that we have to ditch short-term thinking – and the premil pessimism that drives it – and turn to long-term thinking, driven in postmillenial optimism and trust in the expanding authority of Christ the King, in time, and on earth, as it is in heaven and in eternity.


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