Our Threatened Freedom

Why Is Crime A Growth Industry? (03:56)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Why is crime a growth industry? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. In a world where our city streets are becoming dangerous, and a house is no security, freedom does become very limited. According to New York Magazine, New York City has around 13000 convicted killers loose on the streets. Some of these have served up to 30 years in prison, others only a few months probation. The article by Michael Daly was titled, “Double Jeopardy”, was all about [inaudible 00:00:39] multiple today because of crime. Daly cites cases such as one of a murderer released as a fairly well prepared man to rejoin his community after serving two months who two months and 27 days after his release killed another man. Across the country, such horror stories can be repeated over and over again. We can recognize that some serious problems in law enforcement exist, and that our courts are a part of the problem.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:16 Having said this, we must look elsewhere for the problem. 40 years ago despite a depression, the streets of New York and other places were clearly safer. Many smaller communities had very few policeman, and these officers had very little to do. Why is the United States so much more crime prone today? Why is it that even the public schools are a high crime area? I do believe some of the blame must be laid at the doors of the public schools, with their humanistic value system, and their inadequate ability to educate. Most of the responsibility however belongs neither to the courts nor the public schools bad as they are, but to the churches. They are no longer providing the solidly Biblical teaching and training which is their responsibility. As far as some churches are concerned, these are the last places to go to find some honestly Biblical faith.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:22 George Washington in his farewell address warned us all against expecting any public morality without the foundation of a solidly religious training and education. “It was” he held “not possible to have the one without the other. Public life is a reflection of religious faith.” Our public life today is the reflection of a hedonistic humanism, of a belief that it is a dog eat dog world, that every man should claw and grab to get what he wants. Our police did not make these problems. Our courts however incompetent did not create the lawless populous. Countless churches by their moral and religious waywardness and delinquency have helped create a lawless generation. Now that our streets and homes grow less and less safe, freedom from God, sexual freedom and freedom from disciplines of learning and life seem less and less like freedom and more and more like the prelude to a new slavery.

R.J. Rushdoony: 03:38 We may still have the freedom to vote, but how much is that freedom worth if the walk to the poling booth is not safe for many elderly citizens? This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder