I don’t know much about WallBuilders or David Barton.
But I do know that their Christmas 2019 Catalog has the folks at RightWingWatch.org, an online media “watchdog” site run by the folks at People for the American Way, recoiling in horror and bristling like a prickly snow-covered pine cone.
Over what, you aks?
Over the fact that on page 13 of said catalog, there, brazenly listed under the category of “Children & Families / Curriculum”, those subversive anti-American extremists at WallBuilders have the unirrigated gall to advertise (at $20.00 off, no less) a three-volume set entitled “Historical & Theological Foundations of Law” that was written by . . . wait for it . . . “Christian Reconstructionist” legal scholar, professor and Attorney at Law John Eidsmoe.
This unpardonable promotion of Eidsmoe’s unsavory trilogy is, in the words of RIghtWingWatch’s writer, “a sign of the deep influence of Reconstructionism in today’s religious right—and of the near vanishing of whatever blurry line may have once separated religious right political advocacy groups from their more overtly extreme and dominionist compatriots.”
He said a mouthful.
Notice the article this writer links to which supposedly defines “Reconstructionism” is a 25-year-old piece conjured up by Public Eye, a left-leaning group of similarly enlightened journalists engaged in the same battle, nay, the same eternal infowar, sworn to defeat and exterminate once and for all, non-leftist scumbags everywhere.
Here is the offending page, from that highly offensive, seasonally incorrect publication:
Those Were the Days
You remember People for the American Way, don’t you?
If not, let me offer this unfriendly reminder.
They were founded in 1981 by Norman Lear, the rock-star TV sitcom producer who gave us a slew of popular hit series like All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time–and that family classic cult favorite everyone remembers, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman–along with retired Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and a few other deeply concerned folks.
By the way, do you know what real-life persons inspired Norman for the bigoted, racist, anti-semitic, uncouth working-class, Bible-believing barbarian character of Archie Bunker and his bubble-headed, screech-owl-voiced wife Edith?
None other than Lear’s own parents! Never mind that his parents and family were Jewish. That inconvenient truth was conveniently modified and reconstituted for the series: “Let’s make the Bunkers White Anglo-Saxon Protestants!“
And Edith’s loud-mouthed, unequally uncouth, flaming liberal cousin Maude?
That was Lear’s wife, Frances.
Art imitates life. Ain’t that America!
Anyway, . . . Why 1981?
Because 1981 was immediately after Ronald Reagan and the Christian Right — an unholy alliance if there ever was one — came into prominence. Evangelical conservatives had just woke up from their half-century-long, Rip Van Winkle-style nap. And, boy, were they hungry for attention–and political action!
Uh oh. Time to regroup and re-organize.
Thus was born People for (the Liberal Version of) the American Way.
Or, as I like to call them, the White Hat Society:
But it’s not just liberals and atheists who despise God’s law and reject Old Testament principles and case laws of civil justice.
Pickup truck loads of gun-toting, Bible-clinging right-wingers and conservative evangelical Christians do, too.
A Case Out of Joint
You probably attend a church right now that falls into that category.
Maybe you don’t. Maybe your church does its mid-level best to try and honor God’s law in some limited, perfunctionary way.
Naw. Chances are your church belongs to the antinomian super-majority that preaches and chants the standard evangelical and fundamentalist mantras of, “We’re not under law, we’re under grace!” and, “No creed but the Bible, no law but love!”
(An extreme example of this scriptural schizophrenia would be Andy Stanley’s congregations of commandment-breaking, covenant-busting Christians. I don’t suppose you attend one of those houses of ill-reputed worse-ship, do you? Good.)
The Only Thing We (Don’t) Have to Fear is…
Here’s the dual-pronged dilemma facing both the anti-biblical law, anti-government-by-God liberals and the anti-biblical law, anti-government-by-God conservatives.
Their dually irrational fear of that dark and sinister but imaginary villain and mortal enemy of all that is good and theologically correct: Christian Reconstructionism.
More to the point, their irrational fear of what loathsome and dastardly agenda of darkness and ideological incontinence these scoundrels will try to malevolently and syrup-titiously impose on an unsuspecting and innocent humanity if given half a chance.
I tell you, the thought of such massively mistaken mass hysteria is disturbing to my faith-based, Scripture-induced peace of mind.
It makes my flesh want to crawl back under the iniquity-encrusted rock from whence it came.
Rx for Anti-Theonomic Depression
Instead of swallowing the second-hand regurgitations of left-wing and right-wing Nimrods of Narnia warning incessantly (and incestuously) about the coming theonomic Armageddon, I think all of those theologically paranoid (and, frankly, intellectually LAZY) critics of Real Reconstructionism — and you know who you are — should do one thing.
Just one thing.
Go pick up a prescription from the Doctor of Direct-Response Theology and Covenantal Derision-Based Marketing, Dr. Gary North. Dr. North, as you may or may not know, is renowned for issuing verbose diagnoses of what ails society and the church, and for administering heavy and large doses of strong exegetical medicines. Heavy and large doses. Very strong medicine. Use only as directed. Or die in your sins.
All you have to do is grab a copy of Dr. North’s literary remedy. If you’re one of those misfortunate souls suffering from an Irrational Fear of the Consequences of Enacting and Enforcing Biblical Law and Civil Justice.
It’s called, Victim’s Rights: The Biblical View of Civil Justice.
Yes, I know he wrote a thousand volume, three-million-word economic commentary on the Bible. But it there were just one book you could read, one handy little volume (“little” by North’s standards) that will ‘get your mind right’ about who God’s law is intended to punish and who it is designed to protect, this is it.
Hint: it is the opposite of who the modern humanistic, atheistic, anti-biblical approach to law and justice ends up punishing and protecting–which has the bizarre and perverted consequence of preserving and protecting criminals and punishing and neglecting victims. That, my dear Watson, is precisely North’s argument.
You know that handy turn-of-phrase you read in the title of this post–‘harsh on criminals, soft on victims’–that comes from page 6 of Gary’s Introduction.
There’s plenty more eye-popping biblical naughtiness where that came from.
A full review of Victim’s Rights is in the works. Coming attractions. Under reconstruction. Slated for publication right here on this sanctified blog of mine.
I will keep you righteously posted.
In the meantime, go and read thou likewise.