A direct copy/paste from the #dapostmil
This is going to be short and sweet. A lot of people talk about “Utopian” eschatology, but very few people actually know what Utopia was originally made to be.
“Utopia”. It’s a term coined by Thomas More in his book of the same name written in 1516.
Features of this “Utopian” society include, but are not limited to:
- Abolition of all private property.
- A “fluid” household structure. People are assigned and redistributed between households and towns dependent on “what is good for society”.
- Each “household” is required to rotate the house in which they are permitted to live with another household every 10 years.
- Assigned labor and professions (there aren’t many options).
- Ruling officials are those identified as scholars based on their ability to learn. These ruling officials are also given the best food which is totes adorb.
- Clothing is to be simple and uniform, there is no fancy garb, nor makers of fine linens permitted.
- An across the board, cradle to grave welfare state.
- Euthanasia is permitted.
- Engaging in premarital sex carries the penalty of a lifetime of enforced celibacy.
- Unauthorized travel is a big no-no. It is heavily regulated, and one must get permission to go anywhere.
- If you travel to a town when you are not authorized, on your second warning you become a slave. Yes, in Utopia, there is enslavement for unauthorized travel between different towns.
- There are no taverns or ale-houses.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you ask me, Utopia sounds….well, like shit.
Really, everyone has their own version of how society *should* operate. That’s not a bad thing. God cares A LOT about temporal justice, and so should we.
The point is, everyone has a “utopia” in mind, even if your “utopia” differs from Thomas More’s “Utopia”. The question is, is your “Utopia” informed by scripture, or (as with More) is it informed by what seems right in your own eyes?
Tell me what God requires in his word. You can keep the unicorn.
Why yes, the book was written in a (at the time) nominally Christian society. Why am I not surprised…
In any case, I trust that my readers here will bolt their utopian fantasies to the commandments of Christ.
It’s not so much that Glorious Visions of the Future are wrong. This very website is (in part) based on a very sci-fi idea of what the Awesome
World Galaxy Cosmos of the Future should be – and God is no dour Islamic-style Enemy of Creation/Creativity, Liberty, Intelligence, or Growth…
… but He is no licentious & lawless Secular-style Enemy of Truth, Law, Holiness and Justice either.
If we want to gain our heart’s desire, we must focus on first committing ourselves to serving God, and gaining the victories He desires. Victories over evil, lies, death, hell, delusions, lawlessness, and idolatry.
When we commit ourselves to the victories Christ desires in this world FIRST, we will learn that we will naturally gain the tools, strength, and vision to build a future worth living.
And our spirit and mind will be purified and strengthened, to wisely and profitably handle the additional power and responsibility too! As we follow the Master, we are shaped to better reflect His image… the Image of One who rules, shapes and controls the entire Creation.
I can’t think of a better role model, if you want to be a king yourself. If you desire to be king of a family, or a city, or an island, or a planet, or a galaxy… why take up some shoddy, blind & dead idol as your model, when you can follow the footsteps of the actual Creator of Heaven and Earth?
Go with the One who actually knows what He is doing, and not some pathetic, mindless and laughable imitation. Go and stand with Jesus Christ!
Sure, the full fruits of our rewards will be after our resurrection in the New Creation… but we will taste some of the first fruits of our victory in THIS life, as well.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. — Matthew 6:33
“There is an old fable about a peddler in Warsaw who had a very hard life. He lived in a miserable hut, worked long hours in freezing weather for very little money, was clothed in ragged garments, and was generally considered to be as hardworking and poor a man as the angels could find. Some of the angels pleaded with God to do something for the poor man, something wonderful and special. The Lord agreed, and, in an instant, the peddler was transported from an icy, windy, and subzero street of Warsaw to Heaven itself. He was told that God would give him anything he wanted. “Anything?” asked the amazed peddler. “Anything,” said the angels. The peddler thought for a while and finally said, “I’ll have a hot cup of coffee and a doughnut.”
There was first a shocked gasp from the angels, and then embarrassment. The peddler had trivialized God because he himself was trivial.
We must be aware of trivializing God. John Newton, in one of his great hymns, says this of prayer:
Thou art coming to a King.
Large petitions with thee bring,
For His grace and power are such
None can ever ask too much
None can ever ask too much
“Our Lord tells us, “[A]sk, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).”
— Excerpt From: R. J. Rushdoony. “A Word in Season Vol. 7.”
Put God first and foremost, and all the rest will fall into place.