By Bill Collier- In 1982 I experienced a series of eye-opening insights, prophetic inspiration I like to call it, about a coming new (and stateless) Christian nation, Upadaria, as the vanguard of a coming new Christian civilization with a balance of four core ideals- Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law. I say that I experienced these things in 1982, but it actually took me many years, and further experiences, to understand those insights in their proper context.
From THE BLUE BOOK
What I did not know back then was that another man, as far back as 1840, had the same insight- the insight of a coming new Christian civilization that he believed was not for his day but for 150 to 200 years into the future- in our day and time. His name was James Perkins. You can read the whole address to the Athenian Society of the University of Ohio HERE.
Perkins foresaw that the coming new Christian civilization would not merely be based on one ideal, as previous civilizations had, but that it would be based, first, on four ideals and, second, that these ideals would be rooted in Scripture and a Biblical worldview.
In his description of the past four civilizations that led to what would be this moment, the time of emergence in which we live, he described each civilization’s “principle” and that the new civilization would use all four of those principles. While Perkins did not use the terms I came to use, his description of those four principles fits rather neatly into the meaning of what I came to refer to as the four core ideals of the new Christian civilization.
The first civilization he described has the principle of “Subordination”, as he described it. It was the civilization of Egypt and the East of which Israel was a part. This was based on a Higher Power, God, and His immutable law. I used the term “Rule of law”, where the law sought after is based, as much as we can know it, on eternal truths and the natural laws of cause and effect- a law that is operational whatever a government may say!
The next civilization was Greek and Perkins said their principle was “Progress”. Here we have an equality of opportunity that was expected to be pursued by all, and a democracy in which every household and every city-state was in equal standing with every other household and every other city- only the results of their circumstances were theirs alone, and the idea of any state, or household, submitting to any other state or household was repugnant. This I refer to as Democratic equality.
The next civilization Perkins considered as antecedent to the coming Christian civilization was the Barbarian or Germanic civilization and its principle was Sentiment. In Sentiment the concept was loyalty and voluntary association with fellow and higher sovereigns, but this sovereignty, though vested in a member of nobility or a monarch, came also from God as flowed through the People. I refer to this as Popular sovereignty.
The least civilization Perkins considered an antecedent to the coming Christian civilization with its principle being Individualism. In this. the individual and their rights and welfare is the chief object of society, and this necessarily leads to a balance between individual rights and the public good: for instance Perkins says “the drunkard is free from legal constraint unless he become a public nuisance. `The idea is that we have a certain unity as a common code, but that most matters of personal choice are left to the individual. I refer to this as “Unity in diversity.”
Two things were lacking in these antecedent civilizations. First, their principle, or IDEAL as I refer to it, was not wholly informed by Christian standards. Second, their ideal (what Perkins called a Principle) was not informed and balance by the other great “principles of civilization.” So, these ideals can go wrong when they are not informed by Christian principles AND their use in these antecedent civilizations was not balanced by the other three great principles (ideals) of civilization.
Perkins described how civilization progresses, how it can take many years, centuries perhaps, for great ideas and truths to be discovered and sorted out. He said that the new Christian civilization would emerge when someone figured out how these principles (ideals) could be made to conform to a Christian worldview and apply them’ all them, in balance with one another.
Thus he prophetically saw, I believe, exactly what I saw, a coming new Christian civilization based on the four core ideals of Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law, as understood according to a Biblical worldview and as applied equally with each in harmony and balance with the other three. Indeed, I posited the theory, which is firm and true, that any system of governance, any institution or organization, and even any relationship or association, could be judged as health or bound to fail by whether or not it utilized and adhered to these four core ideals.
So then what I had prophetic insight to see, through my experiences in 1982, was that a new Christian nation of people would arise as the vanguard of a new Christian civilization based on these four core ideals, which would be applied by states/government, organizations, institutions, businesses, and even individuals. A stateless nation of people spread around the world will one day give such voice and example to these four core ideals that many national peoples, organizations, businesses, and, yes, eventually, even states and governments. would apply these four core ideals to how they govern their relationships and associations and how they make decisions.
Should the Lord tarry, I believe this new nation of people is an inevitability AND this new Christian civilization is an inevitability. Both the nation and the civilization, and the philosophy associated with both, will take their common name from the initials of these four core ideals, UPDR, and thus a Upadarian nation of people whose God is the Lord, a Christian civilization called the Upadarian civilization, and a Christian governance and lifestyle discipline called Upadarianism.
While many hardships are likely to come, I hold a positive view of the future which will either see the Return of Jesus or the rise, first, of this new nation and its philosophy and eventually a whole new Christian civilization. It is no matter to me how much, if any, of this that I am allowed to experience in this life, this virtual embassy constitute a public proclamation of these things and to proclaim them is to obey God, and that is enough for me!
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