In Revolt Against Maturity, R.J. Rushdoony offers a penetrating cultural analysis that frames political and social action in terms of the doctrine of regeneration. He argues there are two primary opinions about why things seem screwy in our world:
- The humanistic view: the problem is outside us (other folks, the environment, etc.).
- The Christian view: the problem is inside us (corrupt hearts overflow with wickedness).
If we adopt the humanistic position, we’ll seek to gain control over others and our environment in order to change them; this is how we fix the mess we’re in. If the problem is outside us, we can effect a new creation by force. That’s why totalitarianism – complete state control – is the inevitable outcome of humanism. It can’t be otherwise.
If, on the other hand, we adopt the Christian position, we’ll first repent of our own sins, and then we’ll begin to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Why? Because “…faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” (Romans 10:17), because we’re “…born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Peter 1:23)
As folks trust Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and receive His righteousness with joy and gratitude, their hearts will burst inside their chests with love and compassion for the lost. While believers preach, they also practice. They labor to submit every area of their lives to God’s law, knowing their labor is not in vain in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58). This includes what they think, what they say, what they do, how they vote, how they educate, etc.
So, according to Scripture, how is the New Creation ushered in?
- Heart regeneration
- Obedience to God’s law
And as we see in Romans 8, as goes man, so goes creation. The world was subjected to the curse because man fell. As man is restored to fellowship with God and sanctified, deserts will bloom, children play with snakes, and wolves lie down with lambs.