Nehemiah 2:20 "Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build."
In summary, there are two voyages to which we can launch this Second Mayflower.
1. We can change this place by obeying God in all spheres of life. Whatever efforts we expend raising our children for God, reforming the church, and changing our government here will never be wasted. Though we may fail, our efforts will not be in vain. If we plant the seeds of freedom here, they may be transplanted to another place in the future. Societal change is always gradual and certainly is not always confined by geography. The Puritans put tremendous efforts into societal change in England, and it was that strong philosophical, political, and cultural capital that was later invested into the development of a Christian culture in the colonies. We must develop our own capital in ourselves, our children, and our churches. We must learn what it is to live as freemen. We must prepare ourselves and our children for leadership by active involvement within our families, our churches, and our communities. We will only achieve this as we establish a clear direction according to the laws of God, and then steadfastly and doggedly pursue that law-order as true leaders. Leadership is dependent on clarity of vision, strength of convictions, and the ability to motivate others to follow.
2. If we fail as the destruction wastes and the opportunities for active involvement disappear, then we will go somewhere else that can be made tolerable to freedom-loving and moral people. I do not believe that we have quite reached this position yet. There are opportunities for political involvement and cultural expression without the threat of imprisonment, although they are fast disappearing. A true Christian cannot be silent about his faith and the implications of his faith on society. To spend our lives in hiding, even when Christianity is unpopular (or "politically incorrect"), is to deny the power and the truth of our faith. Too many Christians are in hiding, hesitant to bring up the Bible in the public forum. Christians are being discouraged from taking any moral stand in the political realm for fear of losing elections. These weak Christians are contributing to the one thing that could destroy us. What do we have to lose? We hardly risk our lives as millions of martyrs before us did. With very few exceptions, we do not even risk imprisonment by taking a stand in the public forum.
Some of my readers may raise certain arguments challenging these ideas on several accounts.
1. Some will say, "We ought to accept a libertarian or some other governmental system." How can we expect the blessings of freedom, indeed, the blessings of God, if we do not promise to commit to His laws? Free states are challenged regularly by outside forces and internal forces. They are threatened by anarchical criminals internally inciting rebellion and external threats from world governments and powerful federal governments. These threats can only be met with a unified community whose base is solid, moral, and Biblical. We cannot win any battles with an independent, devil-may-care attitude. We must be committed, not to empty patriotism but to principles that are based on truth written by the Sovereign Creator of the Universe who holds the kings of the earth in the palm of His hand.
Those libertarians that deny the importance of defining liberty by God's law are largely irrelevant to history. If anything, they contribute to the moral decay of the age which inevitably must lead to greater governmental tyranny. As long as there are other people in the world, we must have the law of God that will sufficiently supervise our relationships with them and judge us when we corrupt those relationships. God's law allows us to live in peace in our communities. If we deny God's laws for our lives and our governmental laws, our own selfishness, lusts, and cheating ways will inevitably drive us to government solutions that make everybody suffer. As Benjamin Franklin put it so aptly, "Either you'll be governed by God, or by God you'll be governed." God's law or chaos. God's law or tyranny.
2. Some will say, "I could never agree with any other Christians on various areas of doctrine enough to covenant together in a social compact." Again, we must go to Benjamin Franklin who described the usefulness of unity and covenant, "We must hang together or we shall all hang separately." Those fearful dissenters whose rights to home school, to worship in peace, and to live without threat of rape and murder from roving gangs are all in jeapardy, I would bet that they would join us. To be on the Second Mayflower does not mean that everybody must agree to all particulars of doctrine. They must only agree that the source of truth, indeed, the source of moral and civil law, are found in the Bible. They will not be forced to agree to many particulars. Those may be debated in churches, legislatures, and courts.
3. Some will say regarding our reference to migration and consolidation, "If all the Christians were to leave, how would revival ever occur here?" This is precisely the argument that was brought against the Puritans for leaving England to found a Christian country in America. John Winthrop's biographer Edmund S. Morgan writes, "But one other thought kept recurring to Winthrop, a gnawing doubt not easily downed: would it not be deserting the world and one's fellow sinners to flee into a brave new land? Though one professed affection for all the saints and all the true churches of England, was it not in fact an act of separation to put three thousand miles of water between oneself and them? Though there might be opportunities to serve the Lord in New England, was it not a duty...to stay in England and keep on striving to bring righteousness there?"
Persecuted and suppressed Christians that hide in their homes from governmental intrusion have little influence on their culture for good. We would do little good to ourselves or others in prison camps or where the freedom of speech is severely curtailed. In order to maximize our influence, we must create the freedom to prosper, communicate freely, and meet in our churches without the fear of repression from the "politically-correct" police. Free countries, once established, have provided the economy required to support massive missionary movements and have enabled the institution of large training centers in the Bible for godly students who will boldly and publicly profess the faith. I only thank God that John Winthrop did flee into a "brave new land" and deserted the mother country as he led the first Puritan movement into America. We still enjoy the blessings of these first faithful endeavors.
4. Some will say, "No federal government or world government would allow a free country to exist for long." To this, we would submit the following important ideas.
a. God is still with us and He is still sovereign.
Proverbs 21:1 "The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."
If this applied to the King of the Babylonian Empire then certainly it applies to the tyrants of the 20th century: the United Nations, Bill Clinton, or Josef Stalin.
Daniel 4:35 "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"
Isaiah 46:9-11 "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it."
If we were to live in obedience to the King of kings and Lord of lords in covenant together to obey His laws, would He curse us? There is no question that any social covenant may take a measure of faith. We must believe in God. Further, we must believe that He is sovereign and mighty in the affairs of this world. We must believe that He blesses the righteous, for this principle is throughout the Old and New Testaments. He has blessed nations in the past for their faithfulness to His laws. Study the history of the United States from 1610 to 1776 written by contemporaries of the time (not the revisionists of today). Study the quotes, the sermons, the speeches, and the writings of those righteous men who founded this nation and you will understand why God blessed us from 1776 to 1990.
Nehemiah 4:14,20 "And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses...our God shall fight for us."
b. The federal governments of this world are breaking down even now. The United States' federal and state governments have been powerless in dealing effectively with criminal matters, gang warfare, or racial conflicts in the inner cities. The Soviet Union's federal tyranny fragmented just in the last several years.
c. The chief financial and political supporter of the "New World Order," the United States, is breaking down by a combined effect of its cultural diversity and its lack of ideological unity. At one time, Christian morals, Christian freedoms, and Christian laws held this nation together despite cultural differences. Now there is nothing left to hold us together. The morality is gone and the freedoms are unravelling. A nation divided is a nation that has no strength, no sense of cooperation, and no peace within itself. It will break down militarily, religiously, politically, and then geographically.
d. The world government will be very well occupied and increasingly frustrated with its constant meddling into every racial, religious, and anarchical squabble in every imaginable corner of the world. World government will bankrupt the economies that fund it. It is not unusual for the wicked to fall into the traps they prepared for the righteous. Often, they defuse their efforts fighting each other while the righteous prosper in peace.
e. A Biblically-based free economy will flourish because it inspires motivation, innovation, hard work, and healthy competition. Taxation will be minimal to enable capital to continue to flow into productivity, equipment, and technological development.
f. God may bless us with great technological developments in energy resources (cold fusion), defensive capabilities against nuclear missiles, breakthroughs in medical science, and privatized methods of environmental control that produce greater health and wealth for the nation. Socialism and communism destroy economies and environments so ably proven by the government bureaucracies in the United States, Romania and the Soviet Union. Who knows, but God may bless us at least if we are obedient to Him. Ps. 107:33-42 reminds us that God can bless the righteous even if they are forced into a barren wilderness!
"He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground; A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings. And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation; And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease. Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD."
Again, if we are committed to obedience to God, we must subscribe to the two simple options:
1. Change this place. Join a principled political party. Covenant together in a true church with believers who are committed to the Word of God. Support godly men to lead in church and community. Attached to this document is a political platform borrowed from the most principled party in the United States today. (Howard Phillips and his U.S. Taxpayers party have made a gallant effort at promoting godly principles in government even at the expense of political power.) All Christians should become familiar with the principles of godly government and hold to those principles without compromise. Compromise will only weaken the best and strengthen the evil.
2. If our culture continues to decline, we fail to see repentance on a national scale, and persecution becomes worse, if we eventually find this place unacceptable, then we will go somewhere else that can be made tolerable to a freedom-loving and moral people.
We must commit to these two goals. As for me, I refuse to accept slavery to a government and a culture that has utterly rejected the laws of God. The levels of social decline and governmental tyranny achieved in this country are completely unacceptable. I fully intend to leave my children a better place to live than the place in which I was born. I will either change this place or leave it and start over again. The kingdom of God must advance forward and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!
I challenge my reader to commit to an uncompromising position of principled living, principled government, and a principled culture. Accept no less. Either change this place, or go somewhere else where it can be done.
Nehemiah 4:6 "So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work."
"'Men who have assurance that they are to inherit heaven, have a way of presently taking possession of the earth.' This courage and confidence enabled them to fight, with economic, political, or military weapons, to create a new world worthy of the God who had so signally blessed them...Previous theologians had explained the world: for the Puritans the point was to change it." Christopher Hill with a quote from Professor Haller
As the kingdom of God stretches from "shore to shore" and as the frontiers of Christ's rule move from one culture to another and from one area of cultural expression to another, we do not see immediate and complete victory in all realms of man's experience. Rather we see the rise and fall of Christian influence in various cultures around the world. We may see an end to cannibalism, human sacrifice, and feudalism, quickly followed by the rise of statism, pornography, and child-killing (glorified by the clinical term, "abortion"). Men are accustomed to being slaves to sin, to lusts, to cruel masters, governments and large corporations.
But we cannot deny the inevitable ruin of communism and cultures that insist on defying God and His law. We cannot deny the constant thrust of God's kingdom into Moslem and communist countries, and neither can we deny that Christians have obediently taken dominion of the earth, turning rocks into radio transmitters that break through the iron and bamboo curtains at the boundaries of the darkest realms of humanism and Mohammedanism. We cannot deny that political and economic freedom never saw a greater break in this sin-darkened world than the American experience from 1620 to 1900.
Today we have the benefit of many great theologians, Christian philosophers and writers who have over the centuries gone to great lengths to expound the Biblical world view on man, salvation, life, civil government, law, art, family, church, and personal devotion to God. If we have studied the Bible with the preconception that the Bible speaks with authority on all areas of life, then we know what to do. We know what is our duty in our families, our churches, our culture, and our government, so now we must doggedly pursue it.
This book was for burned-out, freedom-fighting Christians. But, we know now that our government and our culture does not need a face lift or a carpet cleaning. We need to rip out the carpet, chip away the concrete, and dig another foundation. This will take time. Therefore we need to step back, take a deep breath, and plan to dedicate our lives to a new mission. We must bring the entirety of God's Word to bear on every area of life in our churches, our families, our schools, and our various associations. We cannot depend on Christian activists who quickly die out like a sudden flash in the pan. Rather we must cultivate in ourselves hot embers that burn for a lifetime, recognizing that God's kingdom is moving forward, and the success of our lives will be measured by how consistent and constant we are at applying the Bible to our lives.
Today we have the examples of our forefathers who planted freedom on this continent, freedom never seen before in thousands of years. We are inspired by this single success, keenly aware of the possibilities, and now we can hope to aspire to these heights once more.
Looking to our forefathers for an example of courage, hard work, endurance, commitment, and faith, we must press into the future of His story, endeavoring to apply this great blueprint, the Bible, to all areas of life. Now let us prepare for the Second Mayflower.