Uganda’s Christian President Shows the World How to ‘Reconstruct’ a Nation

Imagine an American president doing this at our nation’s 250th anniversary celebration of its independence from Great Britain.

Uganda’s longtime president, Yoweri Museveni, a Christian, made history when, at his nation’s 50th anniversary celebration of its independence from Great Britain, he publicly offered a prayer of national repentance and confession, asking God’s forgiveness for his sins and the sins of his people.

Read this prayer all the way through in its entirety, word for word.

Father God in heaven, today we stand here as Ugandans, to thank you for Uganda. We are proud that we are Ugandans and Africans. We thank you for all your goodness to us.
I stand here today to close the evil past and especially in the last 50 years of our national leadership history and at the threshold of a new dispensation in the life of this nation. I stand here on my own behalf and on behalf of my predecessors to repent. We ask for your forgiveness.
We confess these sins, which have greatly hampered our national cohesion and delayed our political, social and economic transformation.
We confess sins of idolatry and witchcraft which are rampant in our land. We confess sins of shedding innocent blood, sins of political hypocrisy, dishonesty, intrigue and betrayal.
Forgive us of sins of pride, tribalism and sectarianism; sins of laziness, indifference and irresponsibility; sins of corruption and bribery that have eroded our national resources; sins of sexual immorality, drunkenness and debauchery; sins of unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred and revenge; sins of injustice, oppression and exploitation; sins of rebellion, insubordination, strife and conflict.
These sins and many others have characterised our past leadership, especially the last 50 years of our history. Lord forgive us and give us a new beginning. Give us a heart to love you, to fear you and to seek you. Take away from us all the above sins.
We pray for national unity. Unite us as Ugandans and eliminate all forms of conflict, sectarianism and tribalism. Help us to see that we are all your children, children of the same Father. Help us to love and respect one another and to appreciate unity in diversity.
We pray for prosperity and transformation. Deliver us from ignorance, poverty and disease. As leaders, give us wisdom to help lead our people into political, social and economic transformation.
We want to dedicate this nation to you so that you will be our God and guide. We want Uganda to be known as a nation that fears God and as a nation whose foundations are firmly rooted in righteousness and justice to fulfil what the Bible says in Psalm 33:12: Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord. A people you have chosen as your own.
I renounce all the evil foundations and covenants that were laid in idolatry and witchcraft. I renounce all the satanic influence on this nation. And I hereby covenant Uganda to you, to walk in your ways and experience all your blessings forever.
I pray for all these in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

This is incredible.  Here we have an elected politician–actually, Mr. Museveni is a statesman–who is not only a Christian, but a Christian who is applying his faith and the principles of the Bible to the civil government of his country!

Museveni is no new-comer to Ugandan politics.  He has been involved in its brief but tumultuous history as an independent republic since 1970 when he joined the fledgling intelligence service shortly before Idi Amin seized power in a military coup in 1971.

He was born and raised and educated in Uganda, became a Marxist-leftist radical while in college (surprise!), converted to Christianity later on, and has been the country’s president since 1986.

While he has been commended and lauded by leaders around the world for a number of reforms that he has implemented during his tenure, he has also had no shortage of enemies internationally since he and his nation began moving to the right, politically, especially during the last several years.

Now, he is making a clean, public break with the past and setting Uganda on a course that we haven’t seen an elected government official set his country on since, well, since I don’t know when.

And he didn’t just make a break.  He made a covenant.  With God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  He means business, this Museveni!

Even the Wikipedia article characterizes his term of office as one of “political and economic regeneration”.

He is clearly in rebuilding mode (which usually follows a collapse or disintegration), and this rebuilding is looking more and more biblical and Christian-influenced all the time.

Of course, we would also use that other “r” word to describe what is going on in Uganda.

But that might offend some of our Christian non-Reconstructionist brothers and sisters!

For further reading, click here.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Before Facebook inexplicably erased the share count on Dec. 5, 2012, this article had been shared 79 times!  I don’t know what happened, but I want to thank all of you who thought what was written here was worth sharing–PR.

Dec. 7, 2012: Looks like they reset the share counter to zero, but at least it’s working again!–PR

Calvinist Renaissance in China: Everything’s Coming Up TULIPS!

This article appeared in the London Guardian more than three years ago, but it seems to be making the rounds again online among Reformed and conservative readers.  At least, that is how I came across it (a Facebook post by John Lofton!).

This is good news for those of us on the Calvinist side of the ledger.

It’s even better news for those of us on the postmillennial side of the Calvinist side (we knew it had to happen sooner or later).

And it is still BETTER news (thought not totally unexpected) for those of us on the Calvinist-postmillenialist side who also view it as perhaps God’s hand initiating the beginning stages of reconstruction of China on a biblical foundation.

Now, before the non-Reconstructionists out there get out their long knives and keyboards and poise themselves for counterattack against what I just said, let me clarify, I am only saying that I am GLAD as a Christian and as a Calvinist to see this new development in the spiritual evolution (so to speak) of the people of China.

Obviously, it is better for the Chinese to embrace Calvinism than communism.

And that’s the really GOOD news here.  The Great Leap Forward has finally changed course and become the Great Look Upward!

The writer brings out some stark contrasts between the resurgence of Christianity in China and what has been going on in recent decades in Latin America and Africa.  Here, it is the elite, the highly-educated, the well-heeled, who are experiencing widespread conversions.  There, it is the poor and less educated, mostly.  Here, the movement is an intellectually and philosophically (and even rationally) driven one.  There, well, it is not.  As a result, here, the movement has gravitated towards the “unemotional” virility and theological robustness of Calvinism.  There, the movement has gone in the direction of Pentecostalism and experience-and-emotion-driven Christianity.

But, there’s something more at work here, the writer says.  Something more relevant to the political plight of the Chinese people.

Calvinism isn’t a religion of subservience to any government. The great national myths of Calvinist cultures are all of wars against imperialist oppressors: the Dutch against the Spanish, the Scots against the English; the Americans against the British. So when the Chinese house churches first emerged from the rubble of the Cultural Revolution in the 80s and 90s “They began to search what theology will support and inform [them]. They read Luther and said, ‘not him’. So they read Calvin, and they said ‘him, because he has a theology of resistance.’ Luther can’t teach them or inform them how to deal with a government that is opposition.”

Aha!  So, when the Chinese went looking for a spiritual replacement for the empty promises of communism, they turned to Christianity for answers, and specifically, they turned to Augustine and Calvin.  The communists did such a good job of clearing the religious landscape, they left fertile ground for the seeds of their own destruction to be sown to the next generation.  So, now…

“The youngsters think it is very cool to be Christian. Communism has removed all the obstacles for them to come to Christianity.”

Good job, commies!

But wait, there’s more.

The most conservative estimates of the new converts to Christianity is 500,000; there is a new church built every month. Calvinist Christianity has a culture of phenomenal industry. Calvin himself, in his time in Geneva, preached every day and twice on Sundays: shorthand writers at the foot of his pulpit took down 108 volumes of his sermons, though most of these have been lost and his reputation rests on the books and pamphlets that he wrote himself. In China now, this kind of Christianity is seen as forward-looking, rational, intellectually serious, and favourable to making money.

“Forward-looking, rational, intellectually serious, and favourable to making money.”  Sounds good to me!

There are really only two statements in this article that I take exception with:

“Calvinists despise pentecostalists.”  No, we don’t.  We only despise their theology!

“Although Calvinism is shrinking in western Europe and North America, it is experiencing extraordinary success in China.”

Shrinking in North America?  Really?  He should ask the Southern Baptists and the rest of the evangelical world here about that!

Read the entire article here.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2009/may/27/china-calvin-christianity?fb=optOut

And Speaking of Being ‘Maligned and Misrepresented’…

Well, no sooner was the ink dried (digits uploaded) on Larry Ball’s article in The Aquila Report–about the thriving Christian Reconstructionist movement–than an opposing article appeared–reprinted from the critic’s blog–casting aspersions on Ball’s article and regurgitating some of the same old, misguided notions that critics have had for at least the last 39 years (since 1973) about Christian Reconstruction.

The writer is a doctoral candidate at Emory University.

He purports to be “defending the way of the cross”.

Which is pietist-speak for “defending institutionally-sanctioned, pessimistic, interminable-suffering-equals-sanctification, defeatist, no-hope-until-Jesus-comes Christianity.”

Defending it against what (or who), exactly?

Why, against those liberal social-gospelers and their theological partners-in-crime, the Reconstructionists, that’s who!

He assumes, like so many of his fellow misinformed critics that Reconstructionism is a political movement, with political aims and aspirations, and political strategies for ultimate political victory, conquest, defeat, total subjugation of “the enemy” and complete and absolute global domination and (wait for it) DOMINION of planet earth! (for Jesus, of course)

He has serious misgivings about trusting his temporal destiny and that of his children to these over-zealous, out-of-control-freaks.

For the record, I’ll be much more hopeful about my children’s future if the Christian Reconstructionists do not take dominion over this country, and I suspect the same is true for most Christians. America is by no means the kingdom of God (who ever said it would be, except perhaps the Reconstructionists or other social gospelers) but I would not want to live in any other place or time. God has blessed us immeasurably and it is by no means evident to me that America is in decline (just remember Jimmy Carter’s famous speech; he thought we were in decline too). With that in view I’ll take Paul’s approach to civil government as a model rather than Caleb and Joshua’s attitude toward the Canaanites.

There are too many fallacies to deal with in this short excerpt.  This one is perceptual: “and it is by no means evident to me that America is in decline…”   Really, I think this doctoral candidate needs to study a little more history and current events–and actual Christian Reconstructionist literature–and a lot less Reformed/Calvinistic ecclesiastical and confessional orthodoxy.

You can read the entire article here.

http://theaquilareport.com/questioning-christian-reconstructionism-dominionism/

To Paraphrase Mark Twain, ‘The Reports of Christian Reconstructionism’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated!’

This appeared in The Aquila Report yesterday.

It is not what anti-Reconstructionists wanted to hear.  But, in the opinion of the writer, a retired PCA teaching pastor, it is the truth.

Like the liberty movement now taking shape, this movement will continue to flourish and spread despite the best efforts of the Christian church establishment to ignore it, ridicule it, pass resolutions against it and misrepresent its teachings to their flocks.

As Larry Ball says near the end of his article, “Read our literature and our books. Don’t take the word of another.”

Especially, don’t take the word of another who is simply repeating sound bites and theologically uninformed memes rather than actually reading and understanding the literature and what it says.

Be a Berean. Don’t be a Cretan.

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Christian Reconstruction, Alive and Well

The Christian Reconstruction movement is not dead

Written by Larry Ball | Thursday, November 15, 2012
Christian Reconstructionism continues to be much maligned and misrepresented.  Churchmen continue to throw stones at it because it believes that the Kingdom of God is greater than the Church.  The spiritually-minded belittle it because it defines good and evil in terms of God’s law.  Pietists deride it because it believes that the Bible speaks specifically to all spheres of life including such things as politics, economics, and just wars.  

After reading a number of articles on The Aquila Report lately, one might surmise that the Christian Reconstruction movement, associated with men like the late R. J. Rushdoony, is dead.  Well, I have good news – it is not dead, but is still alive and growing!  As America continues to decline, and as the Church continues to be unable to speak to the issues of our culture, I expect Dominion Theology to continue to grow. As I have had the opportunity to teach young men and women in the Church about this hope, I have watched their faces light up with joy.  Literally, I have seen lives changed.

The Federal Vision movement hurt our numbers, but not all of us joined in that fight. As the Church continues to lose influence in America and as young people continue to leave the Church, we must tell them that there is purpose and hope in Christ, even on this earth.  “Pie in the sky Christianity” has very little to offer the young man working at his calling all week long.  Maybe we have too many missions conferences and not enough teaching on how to take dominion?

Christian Reconstructionism continues to be much maligned and misrepresented.  Churchmen continue to throw stones at it because it believes that the Kingdom of God is greater than the Church.  The spiritually-minded belittle it because it defines good and evil in terms of God’s law.  Pietists deride it because it believes that the Bible speaks specifically to all spheres of life including such things as politics, economics, and just wars.  The heavenly-minded are uncomfortable with it because it sees the gospel capturing all the nations on earth (not just the elect among the nations), and bringing them under obedience to Christ before his second coming (Matthew 28: 19-20).

The modern Church reminds me of the ten spies who reported to Moses that taking the Promised Land was just impossible.  Let’s just be real and practical here – right?  The enemy is just too big and too powerful.  They are like giants and we are like grasshoppers.   Anyone who speaks of victory is just a dreamer.  We hear the same today.  Humanism is just too entrenched in our culture.  The enemy controls all of the institutions.  Obama won again.  There is no hope in the Christian faith, except as a way to get to heaven.  Our only hope on this earth is the joy of suffering persecution, which, if we are honest, we are wont to do.   Forget about what our grandchildren will have to face.  Just get me out of here as quickly as possible.

What we need is revival in the pulpit and a message of hope.  Joshua and Caleb’s message to Moses was basically that we are not afraid of them, but they are afraid of us. The enemy has heard about the great things God has done for us, and their hearts have melted in fear. We have the Living God on our side.  “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Faith is more than merely believing in justification by faith alone.  It is that, but it is more.  Faith believes that we shall see God’s Kingdom come to earth in fullness and that we shall see his will being done on earth as it is in heaven.  So Jesus taught us to pray. (Matthew 6:10).  Faith responds like David when he said of Goliath, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should taunt the armies of the living God” (I Sam. 17:26).  Faith rests in Christ.  Faith hopes in the resurrection of the body.  Yet, too, faith believes that through the preaching of the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people shall someday see the “glory of the Lord cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.”  (Hab. 2:14).

Let us not retreat into discouragement and depression, but let us continue to work to build the Kingdom of God on earth through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.   I am a Christian Reconstructionist.  Read our literature and our books.  Don’t take the word of another.  You can begin to understand this hope by visiting www.chalcedon.edu and www.americanvision.org. Come, rejoice with us, and join us in this march to victory.

Larry E. Ball is a retired Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and a CPA. He lives in Fleming Island, Florida.

Reprinted from The Aquila Report.

Reconstructing History: Gary North’s Speech on War Revisionism

On Oct. 26th, Dr. Gary North gave a speech at the 30th anniversary conference of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

The topic he spoke on was “war revisionism’.  Specifically, World War II and how the official story as to what prompted America to become involved in the war–an unprovoked, “surprise” attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese–needs to be revised.  That is, the Establishment’s version of things runs counter to the actual facts surrounding the events, and therefore a more honest, “contrarian” perspective needs to be developed and presented to the reading public by trained, revisionist-minded historians, ASAP.

What does this have to do with Christian Reconstruction?

Mainly, this: just as there is a need for a new generation of historians (and students of history) to rise up and challenge the status quo offered by the Establishment in its presentation of certain facts of history, there is a similar need for a new generation of theologians, pastors, teachers (and rank-and-file believers–students of theology, if you will) to rise up and challenge the status quo offered by the ecclesiastical Establishment in its presentation of certain facts of history and theology.

Also (let us not forget), that, while Gary spoke as a historian, scholar, theologian, economist, researcher and author at the conference, he is, first and foremost, a Christian reconstructionist.

The larger issue at hand was captured in a quote read by Gary from fellow Austrian economist Murray Rothbard:

The noble task of revisionism is to de-bamboozle–to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the state and its court intellectuals, and to present to the public the true history of the motivation, the nature and the consequences of state activity.

Historical revisionism is simply historical reconstructionism.  Not a “new and improved” way of interpreting the facts, but a more honest, more comprehensive, more historically accurate and less ideologically encumbered way that is free of the normal political and statist biases and pressures that are ordinarily brought to bear on the “official” version to be presented to the public at the appropriate time in the appropriate way by the state, for the benefit of the state.

As you watch this, think of the possible theological, biblical and ecclesiastical parallels that might exist!

Watch Gary’s speech here:

“The Foundations of Social Order: Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early Church,” by R. J. Rushdoony

The Chalcedon Foundation has made a number of R. J. Rushdoony’s books available online for free.

Several of them are considered classics in the annals of Christian Reconstruction.

The Foundations of Social Order is one of them.  It was published in 1968.

From the preface he wrote for the third edition, Rushdoony said:

Christianity cannot be reduced to the level of a pagan mystery religion, basically concerned with life after death, and with things personal here.  The foundations of social order are indeed in the here and now, but in our faith and life, in what we believe concerning things ultimate.  As men have turned from the Christian gospel, they have constructed a social gospel, and as they have surrendered God’s law for antinomianism, they have supplanted God’s law-word and they have turned to man’s word, pietism, and pious gush.  Church music now often celebrates man’s feelings rather than the Holy Trinity.

This is the way of decline and death, and it must give way, and present indications tell us so, to a restoration of God’s sovereignty, grace and undiluted word.  The foundation of true social order can only be in the triune God and His enscripturated truth and word.

Here is the online version:

A paperback edition is available for purchase from Chalcedon: click here.