As a Christian you have every right to desire to be part of a culture that affirms your beliefs and values in preference above all others. But you need to recognize that simply compelling or coercing others to come under the control of your culture is not consistent with the freewill God had given to every person as andndherents birthright. If you want to have a culture that affirms and protects your values in all of its relational and governing standards and norms, then you have to use your freewill to associate with other Christians who share your convictions. It is upon the basis of such associations, rooted in a covenant bond, that culture is born and maintained.
Would you like to be part of a Christian culture but you neither wish to force others into it nor do you wish to withdraw from the world around you (which we are called to be a witness to)?
I have studied this for decades.
Yes, it’s normal and healthy for us to want to be part of a culture that affirms our beliefs, values, and convictions. It’s just as normal to want that as to want a spouse or to crave the connection of family and community.
But it’s not healthy or good if in doing so we coerce others into it culture or if we withdraw within the spaces of our culture and never interact outside of that.
Often, when I speak of my own desire to be part of a Christian culture and propose ways to establish such culture, I literally get accused of either wanting to coerce people or wanting to sneak off with people I form that culture with and disconnect from everyone and everything else.
But culture is part of faith. As it says, evil company corrupts good manners. If you wash in a culture and depend on its institutions for your needs, you WILL be influenced by that culture. There is a deep ignorance among Christians about the need for our own culture, and there is a suspicion drilled into us by the present godless cure about any effort to obtain cultural autonomy from this present society.
Anyone who closely examines the socio-cultural and even the economic life of the early Christians will see a People who lived in the Roman but whose cultural life was lived autonomously of that society. It can be argued that some or much of the persecution they faced had more to do with their autonomous living than any mere intellectual profession of beliefs.
I propose that cultural autonomy is a function of nations. Not states. Nations are cultural bodies of people which may or may not influence political bodies. I propose that wanting cultural autonomy through the agency of a Christian nation is the way to both experience a Christian culture and to be a better witness to the greater culture around us.
Freedom is not solely an individual thing, it is also something shared between groups or bodies of people who choose, by freewill, the basis of the standards and norms that will govern their behavior, relationships, and sharing of both resources and rewards, burdens and responsibilities, with one another. Through the agency of nations, I propose, God gives us the power a right to define our own culture in a way that doesn’t coerce others and thay doesn’t prevent us from being connected to people outside that culture.
We can be, revive, or even start a whole new, Christian nation with other Christians of like convictions, and as part of that universal and eternal Nation of God’s Elect. To put is more simply, we can decide we want our own culture rooted in our beliefs, values, and convictions without coercing others or becoming hermits and withdrawing from the world. But if we continue to just go along with or depend upon a culture that tries to push us away from righteousness and truth, in a few generations or less, there will be no Christian witness aside from a persecuted remnant in these lands.
That is where this project of creating a new Christian nation can be of assistance to you. The nation of Upadaria is not a political state, it is a spiritual nation, but a spiritual nation of people who make a freewill covenant association based on shared Christian beliefs, values, and convictions as spelled out in a national charter called the Kha Yasa. Beginning as a virtual nation, with a non-territorial “state like” architecture for governance, it is envisioned that this nation will manifest itself as an international Christian Society with some form of NGO status.
The idea is to create a culture and an economic and social environment, as well as a platform, for Christians who share the same convictions as the nation embraces to become as self-reliant as possible together. We can fulfill our natural and healthy desire to be connected to a culture that respects our beliefs ands values and whose standards and norms tend to reward ethics and conduct we know to get both spiritually and materially healthy. We don’t have to pursue a program of coercing others to believe or act as we do, but, if we support each other within the framework of a national identity,then we don’t have to accept efforts by others to force us into their culture.
Upadaria can be seen as a model Christian nation. It will model what should be common to all nations, which is to love God all and make the Lord their God while pursuing righteousness. It will also show the diversity of ways nations can do these things, so that no two nations need to be alike, even if they have the same God.
If you join Upadaria and help to build the architecture for culture, commerce, religious gathering, social activities, civic action, and the such, then you can ultimately experience life within the supporting safety of a Christian culture. This will empower you to go out as a witness and the be salt and light to the world at large around you.
Upadaria will be a nation of many people from many ancestries and who live in many countries. Our national identity will not supplant your ancestry or citizenship in your country, it is just something you will possess that makes you more free from control andndherents influence while enabling you to be a better witness to your ancestral nation and/or the people in your country where you live.
The idea of Upadaria online is to organize the first provisional leaders who will both learn “The Upadarian Way”(the socio-cultural disciplines and precepts of the nation) and develop the core Web architecture to several the needs of people who will later join us online. What we hope is that we can fill the billets of the national government and, as we grow online members, form working groups who specialize in finding ways to actualize those services and functions within an online environment and which empower people in their personal lives and relationships as much as possible.
After this is accomplished, we will begin an iterative process of revising and improving our model and preparing for a eventual convention in which the initial government is ratified by 100,000 peers of Upadaria.
Yes, we are seriously talking about forming a Christian nation. But in effect it is going to be a Society organized globally that has the inner structure and nomenclature of a non-territorial state. The aim is to eventually have this new nationality recognized as a national people under international law and ands tribe within various countries which grants its communities some form of cultural and economic autonomy.
It is through the agency of such a globally distributed nation, made up of many intentional but distributed communities acting like regional missionary hubs, that we aim to share the Gospel and God’s righteous standard with all the nations and kingdoms (countries) of this world. That is the aim and purpose. But, first, we have to build the vehicle, a globally distributed Christian nation organized around regionally distributed intentional communities that act around missionary hubs and that provide safe haven to Christian and other refugees.
That around snell begins online. Through the web we can create a support structure for cooperation, communication, and governance. But qe can also distribute the seeds of this nation, in the form of a book, which anyone could use to develop the genesis communities for such a nation even if they had to work on their own. So we have all the benefits of a centralized organization for large scale efforts, and all the benefits of a decentralized organization for maximum duplication and preservation of the core vision.