Your examples are rather interesting: Bojidar Marinov's work in Romania & the work of the Early Church. Of course, I would restrict the designation Early to the pre-Constantinian era, but what do these examples tell us? Were either BM's work or that of the Early Church activities a movement from within the governmental institutions or from without them? Did Moses, who established the basis of Jewish Law & government work from inside the Egyptian system, or did he use some foreign power to achieve his ends? Did Jesus, our Lord & example work from within the systems of His day or from without them? What do you mean by "our" culture? Do you mean world or human culture as a whole? American culture? Christian culture as a whole? The Church as the body of Christ? Is it merely the culture in which each one of us finds himself living? Is it American Vision's culture? Is it each person's own culture as he, of his own free conscience, chooses in the same way as he chooses to worship God as he sees fit? Is it the culture imposed upon us by others? If in the end all other competing views, beliefs, & governments will be subjected to the rule of Christ or be destroyed in Hell fire & if it is the christian reconstructionist's view to bring in that singular system of conformity, what are the means to that end? Moslems, communists, & fascists all work according to their goals whereby the ends justify the means; so, what means are CR's justified in using if it must be in light of the ends? What has been the historical reality in this regard by so many well meaning Evangelicals such as Augustine, Luther, Calvin, & the like?
Gary, I agree. This mindset you speak of has to be called out. We might not even have the written Word in English today if this defeatist mindset had prevailed in the past. What would Wycliffe, Tyndale, and others think of our efforts today. Foxe's Book of Martyrs used to be chained to the pulpits. Today, we can't even get preachers to actually use the name Jesus in the song service, because it might offend someone! I have been to some services where when the scriptures are read, most people don't even crack the Bible open IF they even brought one. It is sad. Men gave their lives for it, and now it just collects dust somewhere. I could go on, but I'll leave it for now. Keep up the good work.