From Gary North, Critical Mass – Part 8: The Necessity of a Plan:
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth (Prov. 8:14-16).
“By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” This includes covenant-breaking kings and princes. As rulers, they necessarily imitate God. They make decrees. They enforce some view of justice. The role of kings and princes is not to abdicate; it is to make decrees and laws in terms of God’s decree and law. This is also the proper role of Christians, who are God-ordained royal priests. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9).
So now I finally know how God-hating kings and rulers still rule by God – first, by imitating Him; and secondly, because even evil rulers, societies, and cultures have a certain legitimacy: people have the right to choose wicked rulers, enshrine wicked laws… and pay the consequences of their choices.
Christians are to knowingly imitate God as they increase their authority and responsibility, not to steal His power, but to endorse and expand His kingdom on earth.
He is to be exalted, so we may live victoriously and enjoy His blessings, now and forever.
He is not to be despised, so we may die in defeat and roast in shame, now and forever.
The God of the Bible is absolutely sovereign over history. Those people who believe this and who live in terms of their belief will inherit the earth. “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth” (Psalm 37:9). Those who are meek before God are the true heirs of God. “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Psalm 37:11). They live in terms of God’s timetable, not their own. His timetable is longer than history, for it extends into eternity.
God is going to win: the Earth is His, and He has chosen to give it to His lawful descendants: first, the Only Begotten Son, and secondly, to His repentant and lawfully adopted children.
He isn’t just going to win in some far-off future, by and by: His victory will have no limits, and will force His light into this world, where we live today… regardless of how deeply we love the darkness.
Because God has a long-term plan, Christians are supposed to make their own long-term plans. These plans are to be governed by the Bible. Christians are required to evaluate their personal skills, their opportunities, and the time they have remaining. They are to work in such a way that they will leave an inheritance to those who succeed them: “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just” (Prov. 13:22).
The typical Christian, like the typical everybody else, has no plan. No one ever told him that he needs a plan. He takes things pretty much as they come. He reacts; he does not initiate.
We, the believing faithful, are far, far less than we should be. Definitely, our failures, ignorance, laziness, and lack of foresight has something to do with it.
Bad theology – the Eternal Retreat of the Rapture-minded, and the claim that Satan, not God, naturally dominates the world – is a major part of it. If you feel that you are on the losing side, then you are going to get defeated.
But the entire point of the Resurrection and the Rule of Christ is that God crushes Satan inevitably, even setting aside the blinding differences in power, authority, and wisdom
(…and that God’s angels are double that of Satan’s… and that God can with ease win any war just on His own, angels or no. God is the one that’s holding your atoms together, hmm? You can be sure that God has the same level of absolute authority in the spirit world – as all spirits outside of the Trinity was created by God, and the Trinity is an uncreated being, the One in Three.
There is God, and there is everything else. Don’t forget it.)
Are we not to care for the things of the Lord? That was Paul’s point; we are. Therefore, we are not to be full of care about the things in our lives that are not self-consciously part of God’s kingdom activity. We are to bring every aspect of our lives under the law of God. Everything in our lives is to be subdued through the action of the Holy Spirit. We are then authorized to care for all these things. When we are willing to put God’s work first, these other things will be put in their proper perspective. We know that they are not in their proper perspective when we worry about them — are full of care about them — more than we care for the work of God.
It’s long past time that God’s people started to put God’s Kingdom and God’s triumph FIRST. He wants victorious, successful believers to lead and redeem the world, fearful of nothing but of God Himself.
And if you are sufficiently fearful of God, you just don’t have the time to fear the State, or the Elites, or the suicide bombers of a dying religion.
It is not just vision which is required in order to extend dominion in history; it is a long-term plan. There is such a plan: God’s decree. There is a history book that describes how it has been implemented in the past: the Bible. This book also sets forth the rules that are to govern the plan’s implementation by God’s authorized representatives in history: Christians.
The Christian who wants to maximize his service to God in history is required by God to imitate God in His role as long-term planner. The Christian is to subordinate himself to God, and then subordinate his plan to God’s plan. This means that he must fit his plan into God’s time table by means of God’s law. One reason why Christians have achieved so little since the days of Charles Darwin is that the most dedicated leaders among their humanist opponents have adopted Darwin’s time frame–long–in making their plans, while Christians have adopted Louis XV’s: “After me, the deluge.” His grandson, Louis XVI, lived to see the truth of that prediction: a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is why eschatology matters.
It is time for every Christian to sit down and begin evaluating the resources at his disposal, including the only irreplaceable resource: time. If necessary, he should imitate Hezekiah by praying to have his time on earth extended in order to complete his task (II Chron. 32:24-26). Then he needs to make a plan.
The faster we buckle down, the faster we turn this ship around: away from the rocks of poverty, failure, and death: and towards the richness, triumph, and life that God desires to grant all men!