The number one question I receive every day from those who are new to TACTICAL CIVICS™ is, where do I begin?
Well, first: if you are an American living in these united States today, you are witnessing God’s judgment on the most stiff-necked, godless population in history. I am not suggesting that every family in this republic today is experiencing God’s judgment equally. Humans do not have access to the tapestry’s back side; God’s time/space realm. We have no idea how everything works together: hundreds of billions of man-made thoughts, actions and transactions together with countless natural events on this planet and across His illimitable cosmos. God’s decrees are not only immutable – we cannot change them – but inscrutable. We cannot know them.
So. Here we are, the most materially blessed population in history where even the bottom rung of society enjoys creature comforts that kings and queens a century ago could not have imagined. We sin with abandon, as Western civilization crumbles before our eyes. And we do nothing!
Oh, we complain a great deal. From sea to shining sea, as we take for granted a level of opulence that the world has never witnessed – we complain. But we have forgotten Job One.
A perfect illustration of this was Donald Trump’s response in 2015 to Frank Luntz. Asked if he had ever asked God for forgiveness when he had sinned, Trump replied, “I am not sure I have… I don’t think so. I think if I do something wrong…I just try and make it right. I don’t bring God into that picture. I don’t.”
Don’t smirk at our feisty servant in the White House; apply this to your own life. As John Piper once wrote,
No one is excluded from Jesus’ demand to repent. Jesus made this clear when a group of people came to him with news of two calamities. Innocent people had been killed by Pilate’s massacre and by the fall of the tower of Siloam (Luke 13:1-4). Jesus took the occasion to warn even the bearers of the news: “Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). In other words, don’t think calamities mean that some people are sinners in need of repentance and others aren’t. All need repentance. Just as all need to be born anew because “that which is born of the flesh is [merely] flesh” (John 3:6), so all must repent because all are sinners.
Amen, brother John. Some people suggest that I lay off the “preaching about repentance and God”, and stick to the subject, which they believe is politics. Have they not heard me reiterate constantly that TACTICAL CIVICS™ is not politics? It is a way of life predicated on the gospel of Jesus Christ, as America was predicated first on His gospel. We repent, and then we can do works ‘meet for repentance’ that will bless the world again as we once did, long ago.
What will repentant America look like? It will include hundreds of thousands or even millions of us finally performing our duty over the Constitution. This is popular sovereignty; the subject of my books and many of our videos and blog articles. Our daily lessons to those who never learned civics or history in school or college, and for those who want to learn it today in homeschool and Christian schools. Popular sovereignty is a profound blessing, but also a serious duty.
We can never become the collective sovereign we must be over our servant government, until we repent before the great Sovereign of the universe. Only as we turn our life’s purpose back to the gospel of Jesus Christ will our republic and then the world begin to be transformed. It has happened before. It can begin to happen now. What are you waiting for?
This is not politics; it is just life. Ethics and economics and law and self-government; duty and responsibility. And great blessing in the end.
But it begins with repentance, whether you’re the bitter one scratching by on Social Security and disability, or the billionaire with more internal strife than tax-exempt donations can overcome.
The ruler of the universe said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” This sin-wracked world today is the judgment of God. He demands that Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, the pauper, the billionaire – that you and I – repent before it’s too late.