An Old Christian Philosopher Spouts Off

I am sixty-five years of age. To my knowledge, I have no life-threatening illness and I am in relatively good shape (but my aching back). Nevertheless, I have more years behind me than I have before me (at least in earthy time). So, I will spout off a bit about what matters most for time and eternity. I cannot be silent and you cannot shut me up (yet). This list is not exhaustive, of course, but it might be exhausting. If so, lean on Christ for strength. 

  1. Time is short. Eternity is long. Jesus Christ is the eternal God who entered our world to redeem erring creatures who were lost in their sin. He is our only hope for meaning for this life and eternity in the next. Come to him now. His death is your only life. His resurrection is your only hope for eternal felicity (1 Corinthians 15).
  2. Explain and defend the faith given once for all to God’s people (Jude 3). Have a reason for your hope in Christ and present this to all who ask you and to those who do not ask you, making the most of every opportunity (1 Peter 3:15; Colossians 4:2-3). 
  3. This life matters eternally. All we do here has eternal value. Seek first God’s will and God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Deny lesser things to affirm eternal things. Our cross is worth the price (Luke 9:23-26).
  4. God has placed you where you are. So, seek the welfare of the city to which you are exiled (Jeremiah 29:7). Be the salt and light Jesus said that you are (Matthew 5:14-16). Remember and serve “the least of these,” as Jesus said: the marginalized, the weak, the voiceless, the refugees, the handicapped (Matthew 25:31-46). That includes unborn human beings, who bear the divine image (Psalm 139).
  5. America is not identical to the Kingdom of God and the success of the global church is not dependent on it. However, as Abraham Lincoln said, America is “the last best hope” for humanity, given its providential origin and founding vision. As such, Americans should work for the welfare of America and of the American system of civil government: ordered freedom “under God.”
  6. Christians must not make peace with the world, the flesh, and the devil (Romans 12:1-2; James 1:27; 1 John 2:15-17). America’s basic institutions are not friendly to Christianity, but hostile toward them. While the American system of government if noble, it has devolved into godlessness and evil in many areas. Thus, we cannot assume that decency and common morality are the order of the day. They are not. Therefore:
    • Christians should, if at all possible, take their children out of state schools and place them in private schools or home school them. I have been saying this for literally forty years.
    • Refuse to support the godless and demonic system of American entertainment. Boycott Disney, for example. Support The Daily Wire instead.
    • Refuse to support any pro-abortion candidate.
  7. Our essential community is the Church, the Body of Christ, the temple of God, the household of faith, the bride of Christ, and much more. Therefore, the church should not be at the outskirts of our life, but at the center. We should give liberally to the church; attend services every week; invite others into the life of the church and pray and support the work of the church in every way we can. 

This is so much more to say, and I will endeavor to say it. But for now, please indulge an old philosopher and think through these few but potent words.

9 thoughts on “An Old Christian Philosopher Spouts Off

  1. Amen. I’m 89 and believe the same things. When I was 65 I thought I was through but God has a little bit for me. I’m in good health but I have macular degeneration and if I loose my eyesight it will be tough.. about all I do now is read the Bible and listen a few trusted Bible preachers.
    1963 grad. Of CBTS

  2. Hi Douglas,With regard to ‘… America is “the last best hope” for humanity, given its providential origin and founding vision’ etc.I suggest getting a copy of … https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rogue-State-Guide-Worlds-Superpower/dp/1842778277

    …this Christmas. Honestly- please make it a priority.

    Also at present, I would lean towards believing that “the last best hope” for humanity are those countries which have not yet fallen to ‘woke’. America not being one of them. The rest of what you say is not bad though.

    All best wishes

    Kind regards

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  3. Great list! Especially #7! Our family has weathered some pretty rough storms in the last 5 years and the Body of Christ has been our refuge!

    I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to read and see Christians in their later years persevering and still exhorting other believers! Keep it up!

    • I agree! It’s encouraging to hear this exhortation from an elder statesmen! This sort of spouting off can put a spring in our step. Also, how refreshing to hear a Christian philosopher recommend the church. For all her faults, she is still Christ’s bride and a God appointed refuge for many of us.

  4. The government is instituted by God and Christians should be honoring and supportive and be careful not to sound like a bunch of naysayers. Furthermore, we should be cautious of assuming we see all, For example, as I see it, evangelicals are unbiblical and narrow-minded when it comes to the abortion issue, and they vote for just about anybody accordingly. I take issue with this in a post, Roe Was In Some Ways More Biblical, at
    https://thebibledoctor.wordpress.com/2022/06/27/roe-was-in-some-ways-more-biblical/

  5. From an even older curmudgeon (age 70), I happily affirm statements one through five and seven. Regarding #6, I would argue that American institutions have always been somewhat hostile to Christianity from the 1780s on. Our government has always marginalized human beings created in the image of God first through slavery (the divisive issue of the antebellum period) and Jim Crow (from the 1970s through the 1960s. In the process we enslaved and killed millions because of the color of their skin. And white evangelicals, especially in the south were integral to that. Even the federal government in the early to mid-20th century disenfranchised African Americans and Native Americans from Social Security and other government programs and created the segregation and poverty we still see in our major American cities. I am not “woke” in the left-wing sense of that term. Yet I continue to be amazed at how many American Christians would call me “woke” because of what I have just written (all of which as a historian, I can easily document). Doug, have you ever thought that what we are seeing now in our country might be God’s judgement on us because of our brutality towards those created in God’s image? We (including me) need to repent and follow our Lord Jesus Christ by practicing Micah’s words in Micah 6:8: “He has told you…what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to live kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

  6. From another old guy (73) who has read much of your work, Thank You for this reminder of what is truly important. Also, I truly identify with the “aching back” comment. May God continue to bless your ministry.

  7. Pulling kids out of public and/or non Christian schools. Yes, now more than ever. I work in a small Christian school and have heard the frustrating, subtle horrors that parents have endured before they enrolled in our school.

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