Every initiative must be attached to a concrete plan of action. The plan must have clear goals including a way to measure whether or not those goals are met. Measurability is essential. The word “initiative” means “to begin something”. Those individuals with initiative have the power to rightly assess a situation and then formulate a plan of action to address that situation. To have initiative lends itself to people who take active charge of a project in order to get the job done.
A second implication of the word includes the ability to overcome obstacles. Whenever a person of initiative faces a roadblock, he is able to navigate either around it or through it so as to achieve the ultimate goal.
The general goal of the Christian Reconstructionist is to initiate change. Whether that change is within the realm of the family, church, or culture, the Christian goal is to change ‘what is’ to ‘what ought’ to be, according to the authoritative standard of the Word of God. To put it simply, Christianity is all about building something. It is about building a “God honoring “thing” which will replace a “God dishonoring thing”.
Too often the Christian community gets bogged down in the ‘IS’. They constantly discuss the problems of the world without really understanding what ‘OUGHT’ to be. Even when individuals know what “Ought” to be done they never really grasp how to get those things done. The failure is lack of planning with an action attached. We must consider what OUGHT to be done in light of how to get there if Christian Reconstruction is ever to occur. This takes initiative.
The Formula is Simple:
1. Pick an area where you have the greatest knowledge. It can be education, politics, economics, family issues, science, literature, the arts, whatever.
2. After choosing an area determine if that area can be broken down in their smallest parts. For example: In the area of politics do you wish to address local, state or federal politics? What aspect of politics/government are you seeking to address? Don’t try to solve every area of the political spectrum. If you try to save the world of politics you will quickly become overwhelmed and quit.
3. Identify how that area has been structured and compare it to the Biblical structure.
4. List everything that is wrong with that structure. This means actually WRITE IT DOWN. Make an actual list. It doesn’t matter how long the list is or how complex. Write everything down that is wrong with the area that you have chosen.
5. Locate the Biblical Laws and or Principles that particularly address that area of concern. Make a list of Biblical passages that address the situation. If the passage is couched in a historical narrative take notice of how God’s people either dealt with it or didn’t deal with it.
6. Begin researching. Study the history of the church to see if the issues you are concerned with were addressed by the church in the past. Take notice of their solutions paying attention to whether or not their solutions succeeded or failed.
If the solutions were successful, find out why. What was the general political, economic or cultural climate that made these solutions work – or did not work. Sometimes you can learn more from a failed attempt at Biblical reform that you can from a successful attempt.
7. Read Commentaries on the laws and historical accounts on your chosen subject.
8. Read the biographies of some of the leaders of the Early Church Age, the Reformation, and the Puritan age. Learn about the men (and women) who led pagan cultures into the light of the Word of God. Pay attention to their methodology.
9. Finally formulate an actual step by step plan for change. Take the initiative and do the work.
This is how reformation takes place. It begins with initiative and culminates in real action.