We have a world today in rebellion against God. Such a world is an evil and unsafe place: there are penalties for living in such a realm. We have a duty under God to bring this world into captivity to Christ. If we fail to do so, the problems and penalties only increase.
Our goal is defined throughout Scripture. Revelation 11:15 reveals the end result must be the glorious proclamation of victory: “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
Until then, the Lord will not allow this world to be a safe haven or an easy heaven for fallen man. We have locks on our doors because this is a fallen world, not heaven. There are thus risks in living here. More important, there are responsibilities to our Lord. Are you meeting them?A World in Rebellion, by R. J. Rushdoony
Taken from A Word In Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life, Vol. 3, pp. 11-12.
Let’s get that money shot in focus:
We have a duty under God to bring this world into captivity to Christ.
If we fail to do so, the problems and penalties only increase.
Note the distinct lack of some kind of mystical escape from evil.
Welcome to the real world.