The worst thing you can do to your son or daughter while raising them, is to bequeath to them a basis for scorn – a virulent cynicism that teaches them that the Christian worldview has no answers for what occurs in the world. Worse, our pulpits tell them not to be concerned about the world around them because Jesus is coming. But, the real “cop out” that brings to the hearts of our children their scornful spirit is the gnawing suspicion that Christianity DOES NOT GIVE ANSWERS BECAUSE IT HAS NO ANSWERS FOR THIS WORLD’S QUESTIONS. Our kids see that, “in the end” evil always triumphs in society and throughout the world. Waiting for Jesus to come does not solve your neighbor’s current social problems…like those of Egypt under Mubarek.
the Book of Proverbs warns us NOT to train our children to become “scorners”… the very thing they learn in the public (government) schools ,i.e., “truth is relative’, “there are no absolutes”, and “success can be achieved without reference to God”. Oh, and yes, there is another form of scorn-creating training: watch your kids as they grow up questioning “justice” – your justice over them tostart with- until finally they hear it in a pagan university professor. If your training ignores the justice of the laws of God, don’t be surprised if they abandon the “love of Jesus” because they see only a world HE created (YOU correctly taught them that), but that world is CONSTANTLY ripping itself apart in its cry over real injustices.
Evil appears to invariably triumph.
Take Egypt for example. Or, more specifically the last 30 years of Mubarek’s Police State reign and rule over the Egyptian people. Of course, this is the point where the pulpits become silent. Such commentary doesn’t “get you saved” and the Bible, we are told by said pulpits, is not supposed to comment upon CURRENT EVENTS. Nor is the law of God perceived as anything more that the rantings of Pharisees.
Meanwhile, Egypt with its U.S. backed Mubarek dictatorship, like so many of the countries around the world, (including our own U.S. economy and liberties) again despair concerning events in an unjust world.
And your children are watching.
2. Getting it Wrong …Again and Again
For eight days straight, thousands of protesters have gathered throughout the streets of Cairo, Egypt, protesting the Presidency of Hosni Mubarak, and demanding that he “step down”. Mubarek, strengthened throughout 30 years of Police State dictatorship by $60 Billion dollars of U.S. “foreign aid,” struggles to hang on to power and credibility, despite the crowds.
Mubarek represents typical (socialistic) police state strategies played out to the point where people – his people – are wearied by lies, terrorism (statist terrorism) and unending poverty. Of course, Mubarek, quite American in his approach, claims a “war on terror” justifies an increasing diet of cut backs on personal liberties, corrupt courts that pervert justice, martial law, crackdowns, unending promise of government economic reforms and “democracy”, and jailings of those who speak out against his regime.
Of course, count on Hilary and Joe Biden to add to the chaos with more cheap banter about “democracy” and “future elections”. Meanwhile, new infusions of Banking money, indebting the people of the U.S. further, are making their way to the Egyptian regime, embittering the Egyptian people against the “Imperialist Satan” (current Islamic theological translation: “United States”).
In a recent article, market economist Lew Rockwell, wrote:
Those of the young generation, people too young to remember the collapse of Soviet-bloc and other socialist states in 1989 and 1990, are fortunate to be living through another thrilling example of a seemingly impenetrable State edifice reduced to impotence when faced with crowds demanding freedom, peace, and justice…This is why all young people should pay close attention to what is happening in Egypt, to the protests against the regime of Hosni Mubarak as well as the pathetic response coming from his imperial partner, the US, which has given him $60 billion in military and secret police aid to keep him in power.
The US is in much the same situation today as the Soviet Union was in 1989, as a series of socialist dominoes toppled. Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, and Czechoslovakia all experienced dramatic meltdowns, while the Soviet regime, supportive of these systems since the end of the Second World War, sat by helplessly and watched. Leaders made vague statements about the need for peaceful transitions and elections, while the people on the ground completely ignored them. The police state is imploding around Mubarek’s ears. In contrast, the Bible speaks to such evil rule and its solution:
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the rulers. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. - Psa. 82: 1-5
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you. And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do. So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes. – Deut. 1: 13-15
The people of Egypt may soon be rejoicing about their newly-won freedoms. They may rejoice that finally “democracy” will come their way. They will be rejoicing that the economy will improve and they with their families, can begin to enjoy a new and better quality of life. In other words, the curse of being stressed to the breaking point daily, for year upon year, may end. The Bible speaks to such economic stress and its relief:
Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. -Psa. 107:12
Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. – Rom. 12: 11-13
The problem is simple. As the police state implodes, the ONLY LEADERSHIP with the courage to act in leading the Egyptian people is another version of future police state…Hamas and the Muslim “Brotherhood” (first spawned by the Nazis during World War II, afterwards following Nazi political and economic worldview positions as applied to Muslim culture, producing the likes of Al Qaida and Osama bin Laden).
So, the Egyptian people will fall into the hands of cutthroats who, after cutting Mubarek’s throat, will then follow him in doing the same throughout the population...just as in Iran a generation ago, when the "friend" of America - the corrupt Shah of Iran fell to the Islamic-Marxist Khomeini revolution. This is no different than the "friend" of America - the corrupt Cuban dictator Batista - fell to the "agarian reformer" Marxist Fidel Castro revolution. Scorn then breeds as betrayed hopes in people bring newfound despair of injustice and further bitterness. Backs remain bowed as the impoverishment of the multitudes ceaselessly continues. That economy will be in the hands of different socialist dreamers – only the flavor will be different but the result will be the same diet of corrupt courts perverting justice, martial law, crackdowns, unending promises of government economic reforms and “democracy”, and jailings of those who speak out against the new rulers.
Look at the same process in Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Algeria, Venezuela, Red China, Cambodia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Syria, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and over a dozen African states (like Zambabwe). All face dissidents. All have students in revolt. All have police states, torture, rapine, slavery, statist economies breeding poverty for the masses and ...an ultra-wealthy (banking established puppet state) elite that rules with a smile and a hidden iron fist.
3. Free markets working for freedom…
Lew Rockwell ‘
s article also addressed the Mubarek regime’s failure to discern the needs and temper of his people:
To understand what is driving the protests, consider the date that they began: National Police Day on January 25. This is the holiday created by Mubarak only in 2009. Talk about misjudging the situation! And sure enough, the government’s response was to jam nearly all Internet communications and shut down all cell-phone service on the day of the planned protest. But it didn’t work: Thanks to what is now being called "hacktivism," the revolution is being broadcast around the world through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, even as Wikipedia is being updated minute by minute. And the Al Jazeera English live feed has, as usual, put biased US media to shame.
Police states, like that of Mubarek, cannot discern the needs of their people since such governments live by committee and cannot access the best information about people’s values or desires. Why? Economic calculation (prices sending signals as to peoples' values moment by moment, reflected in demand and supply) is not possible in such societies. What that means is simple enough: Socialistic regimes cannot accurately gauge information, having no pricing system to tell them what reflects the millions of (subjective) values each person has toward his own needs. Such committees can only guess at what they think is accurate about their people… or use non-socialistic societal prices to guide them.
But, what such regimes as that of dictatorial Mubarek do have is control and propaganda. Mubarek’s police state, like all socialists, needs to control information – and they all do it – because they fear it and need to regulate the thinking of their constituents. A free economy, on the other hand, as the Bible promotes, is not afraid of information and endorses the market pricing-private property system all throughout Scripture.
Your government here in the U.S. is working quietly to control the Internet because it too faces the outrage of millions of people here at home. So, it is working to put several corporations in charge of the Internet, making it easier for the government to control just those corporations, and thereby gain a stranglehold on the freest market on the planet: the Internet, the market that grew up without a government telling it “how to”. Mubarek fears the Internet and mobile phones. Therefore they are controlled and regulated.
The Internet is a true “paradigm shift”
, the phrase used by Thomas Kuhn in his famous book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962) to describe…
…a change in a fundamental model of events, [and] has since become widely applied to many other realms of human experience as well, even though Kuhn himself restricted the use of the term to the hard sciences) .
Freedom works very effectively. However, there is another paradigm shift necessary for events to stabilize and make for sound economy, civil liberty, and breaking the next version of “scornful roulette.”
Russian roulette, as we all know, is a deadly game with a six chambered pistol, in which only one bullet is loaded. Two individuals take turns firing empty chambers until the one unfortunate person fires the loaded bullet. "Scornful roulette" is society taking turns with one "ism" after another that promises "freedom and prosperity" but finds those chambers empty, firing only a bullet into their generation's hope as each new "ism" produces its own version of dictator.
That paradigm shift must take place when the Church of Christ takes seriously call her to be “The Pillar and Ground of the Truth” (I Tim. 3: 15). That paradigm shift will take place when the Law of the Lord (the Pentateuch and Proverbs - the “children’s version of the Law of God) again is honored by the Church as the foundation designed for the rest of the Bible AND as the schoolmaster to lead us to Christ that we might be saved.
Of course, the Law is NOT a “stand alone”. But, then again neither is marriage, family, civil liberty, constitutional government, sound economics, entrepreneurship, justice or virtue. Every one of them is designed by God, not as “stand-alones”, but as finding their expression, purpose and fulfillment in the Person of Jesus Christ and His provision of Grace.
The laws of God need God’s grace to fulfill them in moral rectitude (Ah…so Christians DO have a basis for addressing true justice!). The Law of God was never designed to be a stand-alone. Neither is the Church of Christ. Marriage, family, economy, freedom, civil government ALL find their expression, purpose and fulfillment designed by God in the Person and Work of Jesus Christ and His grace supplied for each of these functions of life.
Without Christ and His Grace, none of these will fulfill their callings:
- The law of God will be sterile in condemnation only without God’s grace to act upon it (I Tim. 1: 5) without the functions of the law as Paul writes of them in Romans 7: 10ff). “Now the goal of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned”.
- Marriages will fall apart unless BOTH partners are rooted in Christ, picturing Him and His Bride (Ephesians 5).
- Family will continue to disintegrate with children looking to parents who will not train them (Deut. 6: 5ff) as Proverbs tells us (Proverbs 1:1-9), giving them a Christian worldview.
- Entrepreneurship will fail if “Calling” is no longer a part of the mix (Proverbs 31). Money will alone be the goal…(I Tim. 6:10)
- Economy not based upon God’s economic laws will implode without sound money (Leviticus 19:35-37/Isaiah 1:21); inflation checked by honest money and banking (Isaiah 1:22); justice in the courts (Isa. 1:21-23); government ceasing to take from the productivity of the poor (Proverbs 31:20, 31); free exchange protecting contracts (Proverbs 31: 20). Mubarek like regimes thrive when God’s Word and His Church refuse to address such issues.
But, until the Church teaches the nations about the true God of the Bible, justice will NEVER be defined. The Mubarek dictators always step in when Christ is absent from civil “justice”.
Every god (idolatry) puts its own spin on politics and societal norms. Christian pastors seem not to understand this basic issue. The Triune God of the Bible addresses every issue imaginable, by establishing His Word in holy principles, each applying to many applications in the real world.
Justice and righteousness will NEVER triumph, in Egypt or anywhere else, if the Church of Christ does not bring the Truth to our neighbors throughout the world. Of course, without Christ in any issue, and His grace providing discernment and virtue in our conduct, no possibility of providing real change will ever be accomplished.
The people of Egypt are doomed to replace Mubarek with someone just like him. Our Great Commission is enjoined that such a cycle might be broken, and real hope brought to the planet…in the name of Jesus Christ, and only through His grace and strength.