…Terribly Wrong!

True… but note the direction: 1947 + 74 years = 2021.

Call it two generations.

Even by 1947, public school education was dominant. There was prayer in the schools, but it was basically Unitarian, not Christian. Being a man was already grounded on privilege, not responsibility.

The rise of the American Empire was bolted on, the National Security State was being created as we speak (See the National Security Act of 1947), and the loss of the gold standard, naturally coupled with the rise of the welfare state, had no opposition whatsoever.

Christianity – already in full-scale retreat from the Darwinian world, was all about spiritual excitement and stirring crusades, but the full-blown rapture nonsense was in the middle of these two pictured men, in the 1970s.

Note that in 1947, there was no Creationist movement! Nobody was putting up a coherent defence of the historical Christian teaching of six-day creation. Everyone – including most religious leaders – was perfectly fine with the assumption that God was, to some extent, a liar!

“After all, the Certified Experts told us so.”

Henry M Morris’ The Genesis Flood, encouraged by Rushdoony, had to wait till 1961 (!!) to be published.

There was also no actual, coherent conservative movement, no libertarian movement, and Mises was an obscure professor in New York University who had his salary paid for by supporters, not the university itself.

Christian Reconstructionism? Theonomy? The rule of Christ the King? Not until Rushdoony in the 60s, with By What Standard? (1959).

And right at this moment, our better understanding of the Kingdom of God as a Social Order is grounded in a series of articles published in 2019 in Lamb’s Reign, and only collected into a single book in 2022.

We had to wait until 2022 to regain a proper scope of what Jesus Christ preached about relentlessly! And let’s not talk about the travesty of the Lord’s Supper – the fellowship meal that stands at the heart of the faith – that the priests/pastors have done. Thimbles of grape juice and dry crackers, indeed!

The visuals do have meaning, and things have measurably gotten worse in some aspects. But certainly not in all!

If anything, the Western Assembly of Believers is finally waking up from our humanist dream world we have been in since the Enlightenment.

(Note I said the assembly of believers. What the religious hierarchies do or don’t do – they guys who stole the word church – isn’t of particular importance to me, or to the rest of the world.)

I have a suspicion that the manly strength of 1947 was a man-focused fantasy, humanistic to the core, and the humiliation of 2022 – the fruits of 1947 manhood – is simply humanism’s inevitable result.

This does not mean that the strength of men, harnessed and subjected to the glory of God, can not be of great value! But that was not the 1940s or 50 ideal man.

The old ways have reached its natural destiny: the 1950s led directly to the 1960s.

Lessons

Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

Ecclesiastes 7:10, ESV

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Exodus 20:4-6, ESV

Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

Deuteronomy 8:5-10, ESV

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 2:12-18, ESV

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

JOhn 16:33, ESV

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

I John 4:4, ESV

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

I John 5:1-5, ESV

God is the victor, in time and on earth.

And none of the towers of men will long stand against the triumph of Christ’s Kingdom.

We Christians must build a new world, a world grounded in the glory and law-word of God, and not on the self-pleasing fantasies of men. Christ came as a servant, and it’s the servant’s road – serving God ad upholding His Law-Word, building a godly family with a wife, raising children on the road of righteousness – that we must walk to salvation.

There will be a third picture, someday. The year 2021 is not the end. Faithful and Christ-obedient Christians should shape what our culture will be in 2095, 74 years after the cringy, silly, and godless descendant of his strong, mighty, and godless forefathers – dominated the West.

In the world of the spirit, things are on the way up for the Body of Christ, even as the godless era dissolves in to panics and delusions. Let us hear and obey God, and set right what was wrong.

We must stand with Christ, who is King today, and whose Law-Word has teeth today, a shining sword, cutting down lies left and right.

There are many reasons for Christ’s expanding victory – and expanding Kingdom – but one of them is that the enemies of Christ find that their victory rots in their hand, twisting into a curse within three generations, while those who stand with Christ are blessed for thousands of generations (or unto the end of time, or both!)

He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
    nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
    and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Matthew 12:19-21, ESV

Let me note that the word “Gentile” can be read “nations”.
As in “disciple the nations to obey Jesus’ Commandments, His Law-Word, and uphold His authority.”

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 15:57, ESV

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

I John 5:4, ESV

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