Reality and the Gods of the Copybook Headings

When Eve decided to eat the fruit she at that moment stepped out of God’s reality having created a false reality. God’s word had been legislative for reality and when Eve refused to accept God’s word and insisted on acting on her own word she at that moment began to construct an anti-Christ reality. In such false realities what is lost is real reality. Eve was our first “Alice” who dropped us all into the Rabbit hole where everything is upside down and unreal.

Part of the meaning of being swept up into Christ’s Kingdom is that we return to real reality. However, this often means that while we can identify the March Hare reality we live in we can do little to set matters aright.

Rudyard Kipling captured something of man’s insistence to create alternate realities to his own harm is his poem, “The Gods of the Copybook Headings.”

Cultures that refuse to bow to Christ become increasingly unreal and strange. I just finished reading Malcolm Muggeridge’s novel, “Winter in Moscow,” and this is a theme that Muggeridge repeatedly returns to in this novel. The Bolsheviks in Russia had created a reality in which it was criminal to observe the falseness of the contrived reality created by the Communists.

In our own culture it has come to much the same end. Both multiculturalism and political correctness is an effort to ordain a false reality that is so sanctioned that to say or do anything to lance the false reality is to be held guilty by those who have an interest in maintaining our Humpty Dumpty culture.

So, at present, Americans are at present unreal, as is American culture.

They eat unreal food and they stuff their heads with unreal ideas like “all men are created equal,” and “diversity is the highest possible good.” They vicariously partake of unreal entertainment and listen to unreal “news.” They idolize unreal people who are made to be pinups and beautiful by unreal alterations to what becomes unreal bodies. Americans have a unreal fear of revolting against this unreality, or of doing anything that would attract the attention of the unreal authorities. They spend unreal money, while listening to unreal music. Americans live in unreal communities and form unreal relationships.

In the “conservative” and liberal unreal Church they alike enter into unreal worship of an unreal god listening to unreal ministers offer up unreal platitudes.

But like Kipling’s “Gods of the Copybook Headings” reality can not be successfully suppressed indefinitely, and as Kipling tells us in his poem, the snap-back of real reality is startling. Adam and Eve discovered that snap-back. Every culture not posited upon Biblical Christianity has, through the centuries, discovered that snap-back.

And the day is coming when the West is going to learn what a return to reality is like.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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