People have an unmet need. They have a real problem. But they don’t know they have the unmet need and they don’t know that it is a real problem. What people feel, and what they sense, is that they, as Christians or social conservatives, are not welcome in their own country by the powers that be. They don’t feel a part of this culture, they don’t feel appreciated, and they actually feel alienated by this current culture.
In fact the real problem here is that conservative or traditional Christians who believe in and who embrace the beliefs of America’s founders have no standing and get no respect in this culture. It is becoming a liability to adhere to what we associate with traditional values and virtues that our forefathers actually articulated.
What’s common is for deconstructionists to actually propose that our Founders didn’t believe the things they spoke. They cite every flaw, every failure, and they inflate them way beyond what they actually were, while ignoring everything that was good and every achievement that we have experienced as a country and as a people. This is not good. But this is how you destroy a People.
So we have this uneasiness about the way the current culture views us and treats us as traditional Christians. But beyond that uneasiness, and maybe even fear, we don’t articulate and we don’t understand the underlying need that is actually missing. I’ll say this briefly: We need a common national identity with other people who share, who celebrate, and who approve of the values, beliefs, and way of life that we choose, according to our Christian convictions. The fact that we don’t know that and that we don’t articulate that consciously doesn’t really change what that need actually is.
Ludwig Von Mises said that all action is a response to a felt need. I absolutely agree with that. And that is our problem. You see we have a need, but we don’t feel that need. What we feel is the emptiness, the isolation, and the frustration that comes from not having these needs met. But, since we don’t know what we need, we don’t feel the need. And when I talk to people about the idea of literally creating a new national identity that people can adopt and share with each other, as the basis of a way of life that conforms to Christian virtues, they look at me like I have two heads. I get that. I get that the need for a shared national identity with other people is a need that is missing but that isn’t felt. I get that people don’t understand this.
And so people ask, why Upadaria? The simple answer is that Upadaria meets a need that people have for a common shared national identity.
One approach to filling this need is to take an existing national identity, like being an American, and reform it or revise it so that it actually means something of spiritual and cultural value. The problem with this approach is that it actually depends on getting other people to conform to your idea and change the meaning of something that already has a meaning. Being an American simply means you live in the land we call America. I don’t think that’s a good thing, but that’s just reality.
Another approach I’ve seen is what I will call the universal approach. In this approach, we take our Christian identity, which is a spiritual nationality, and we make that the basis of our new national identity. But the Christian identity transcends the diverse forms in which nations take. I don’t think anyone could tell me that God did not intend for there to be diverse and multiple nations of people upon this Earth.
So if you say the national identity we going to share is Christianity, you have to understand that Christianity is universal. Christianity is not going to tell you what kind of food culture you should have. Christianity is not going to get into the details of exactly what traditions your family follows. Christianity is not going to get into the details of your liturgy and how you worship, for instance.
Christianity is sufficient to form the basis of any national people’s culture, taditions, and way of life. If all you have is Christianity, you have everything you need for life, both in this world and in the world to come. But Christianity as a faith is not meant to replace the diverse nations that God intends to exist on this Earth. If that was the case, God would not have ordained their existence.
Everything we need can be built upon the universals of the Christian faith. But to answer specific questions, in specific ways, in specific times and places, requires answers that go beyond the universals but which must be in harmony with those universals.
So let’s look at nations from God’s perspective.
Culture, tradition, and a common way of life are all the products of nations. As it says in the book of Acts chapter 17, God has ordained the existence of nations and He has set the boundaries of their habitation and the times in which they should exist. And so God has not designed it so that we would simply say we’re all part of the “Christian Nation” and that is all we are part of. It’s simply not His design for there to be one single universal nation and no separate individual diverse nations.
(And by Nations I don’t mean political states. It is true that nations can and often must interact with political States but it is not true that nations are synonymous with political States.)
Nations are going to be with us forever. At least that’s how I see it when I look at Revelation chapter 21, verse 24 where it says “and the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth to bring their glory and honor unto it.” So what we see here is that even in the new Earth to come, and the new Heavens to come, nations exist and kings exist. This idea that we can all be one single “Christian Nation” that covers the whole earth, and that we can dispense with the diversity of nationalities, even among Christians, is simply not Biblical.
We are certainly all Christians. We’re certainly all citizens of the Kingdom of God. But as we can see from Scripture, temporal nations are designed by God, they are ordained by God, and meant to exist in a diverse form. He says, again going back to Acts 17, that God from one blood made many nations. From one man Adam, many nations of people have emerged. And God told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. I like to refer to these nations as “Abrahamic Nations.” And it was ordained by God, that as history advances, many nations will be born and will exist whose people can say their spiritual roots all go back to Abraham.
People often ask me to drscribe the purpose of Nations. They seem to be looking for me to give them a list of all the Biblical things that God says nations are supposed to fulfill or be in people’s lives. I would like to do that, I would like to come up with a list like that. But no such list really exists.
I mean, what is the purpose of marriage? Is there any Scripture that lists all of the things that marriage is supposed to fulfill for the individual or for the world around us? We can deduce the purpose of marriage, and we can find some Scriptures that seem speak to the purpose of marriage. But it would be difficult for me to come up with a list of all the reasons why God created marriage and all the purposes that marriage fulfills. However, we can see from human history for thousands of years, the proper role, the functions, and the benefits of marriage.
Nobody is going to doubt that something God has ordained, marriage, is not beneficial to man. As Jesus said, God didn’t make man for the Sabbath but he made the Sabbath for man. We can extend that principle to marriage and say God didn’t make man for marriage but he made marriage for man. We know from Scripture that God made the nations. If therefore God made the nation’s, He didn’t make us for the nations, He made the nations for us. Just because you can’t figure out exactly what the role or the benefit of nations are, doesn’t mean they have no role or benefit, it simply means you lack understanding and wisdom about this subject.
I’m going to read a passage to you.
“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of Heaven and Earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men’s hands as though He needs any thing, seeing He gives to all life and breath and all things; and has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the Earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; that they should seek the Lord if haply they might feel after him and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us: for in him we live and move and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, for we are also his offspring.”
That was from Acts 17 verse 24 through verse 28. If you pay attention to what’s being said here, there is plenty upon which we can base any understanding of nations as determined and purposed by God.
First, we note that it says God made the world and all things therein. Think about that. This is a simple statement, it says that God made everything therein, and we’re therein, in the whole earth. At the risk of sounding redundant let me repeat that, God made everything on this Earth.
We’re going to discover, as we look at this passage, that the subject is the nations.
Why is God speaking of Nations through Paul on Mars Hill in Athens? The answer is that he is speaking to them as a nation. The people on Mars Hill were the leaders of the nation. These were the people who you could say were the spiritual and cultural leaders of the Greek nation. And so he was speaking to them not only as individuals but as an entire nation of people. He spoke of their gods, their poets, and their traditions in this passage of Acts 17.
So we can see two things, that God created all things and that the subject about to be addressed is nations. Notice also that it says that God is the Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands, nor is He worshipped with men’s hands, and so He is not in need of anything (as the Greek gods were), but He gives all life and breath, and pretty much everything. So we see that God is not confined to any place or any person or anything, the subject here is nations, and not one nation, but every nation. As men we are put by God into nations but God is not contained within any nation: every nation who loves God is blessed. Every single one.
Next comes something very important. It says in the King James “and He made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the whole earth.”
A few things stand out in this whole passage, starting with that particular statement.
The first is that God has from one blood made all nations. It is not out of many, one, but rather it is out of one, many; that is the biblical pattern here.
Second, there is the definitive statement here that God has made all nations, every single one. There is no nation upon this Earth, nor has there ever been, nor will there ever be, any nation that God has not created. Here’s something interesting, that God speaking of Nations uses such language here as “created.”
My third major point is the parameters that God sets for nations. It says here that He has determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation. Put a different way, it’s saying He has determined their place in history and he has set the boundaries for their homelands. Nations don’t always last forever, some come and some go. Some nations can go centuries without a homeland over which they have control. But what it’s saying here is that all of this, their place in history where they’re going to live on this Earth, all of this is preordained by God. If you think about it, the fact that God creates nations, the fact that He gives them a space and time in history, and the fact that He ordains where they’re going to exist in this earth, all of that points to the fact that, for God, nations have a very special role and function in His order for the universe. They are a BIG DEAL; a far bigger deal than you have been led to believe.
And now my fourth point is that God actually has an overarching plan and purpose for every single nation. In verse 27 it says that they should seek the Lord. That who or what should seek the Lord? The subject above, according to every rule of logic, is the nations. He is not speaking of individuals here, although individuals are included because nations are made up of individuals. It says that nations, which are a whole BODY of people, should seek the Lord if haply they might feel after Him and find Him though he be not far from everyone of us. Now we go from the big to the small- within and through the agency of the nation which seeks Him, God is not far from “every one of us” as individuals.
(People can and do find God even in the midst of terrible Christ-hating nations, hence the Great Commission to reach all the nations. But they stand a better chance if their nation honors God, just as children whose parents honor God are more likely to follow Him than children whose parents do not honor God.)
Here’s how I see it, God has ordained a diversity of Nations that all came from one blood, and that all might be Heirs of Abraham, so that people might find God.
It is a fact of history that a nation creates a culture, it creates a society in which people can freely and openly seek God or they cannot. So the agency of the nation seems to be tied up in preserving a culture and a society of some kind.This would seem to be self-evident.
I think it is logical and Biblical to say that nations receive consequences based on how well they perform this task, of enabling and empowering their members to find God if they see him. It doesn’t say that nations force people to find God, that’s not the point.
So what do you think God does in a land when a nation that inhabits that land fails or completely turns its back on this greater mission?
We know from scripture, and you can search it yourself, that God raises up and tears down kingdoms, kings, and nations as He desires. Based on what we saw happen in the Old Testament, and what we have seen through history, I think we can confidently say that when a nation fails to enable its people to seek God, that nation is doomed.
I’m not suggesting necessarily that God pours His wrath upon them or judges them Old Testament style, any more than I’m suggesting that if you jump out of an airplane with a parachute without a parachute and you fall to your death that somehow God smote you dead. A nation that gets in the way of people finding God, through its culture, economy, or politics, is basically jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. That nation is doomed, not because God smote it, but because that nation jumped out of an airplane without a parachute! The laws of cause and effect conspire to enforce the divine order in the entire universe and there is no escaping them, whether in the physical, the material, the social, or any realm.
We need to understand that the objective of Christ is life. Jesus said that He came that we might have life and that we might have it with abundance. We could talk about liberty, we can talk about justice, all of those things may attend life, but the objective of God, the purpose of Jesus, is to give us life forever. Man has determined in his nations, and in the kingdoms of men, other goals which aren’t necessarily the goals that lead to life. When this happens, that person, family, or nation that is out of alignment with God’s agenda has natural consequences from natural laws of cause and effect that work against them. One might say that when you violate God’s law the natural order conspires against you.
I can’t say that the Bible says this, but I think I’m safe in deducing that if God said nations exist so that they might seek God and find Him, then perhaps nations should play a positive role in helping us to seek God. We know that Christianity itself cannot really be lived out in its fullness as an individualistic enterprise. It requires connection, commitment, cooperation, and relationships on an intimate and large scale in order to fully express it’s inner life in the outer world. So we can deduce that perhaps the role of Nations has a lot to do with creating environments in which people can find God. Perhaps Nations can be a particular or diverse but large scale expression and manifestation of God’s purpose and design in Creation, and of His plan and call for the redemption of the lost.
What would we call those environments which nurture faith? In general, we call them culture. Culture sets the boundries of behavior and of relationships and even of how you use your resources of time, money, physical property, and the such. Through the agency of nations culture is defined, culture is refined, and culture is maintained. Nations are real things, they’re not just theories. Nations are not simply belief systems, thoguh their structures center on a common belief system.
What might those structures be which constitute in their sum total a nation? In practical terms, things like economic associations, things like families, things like communities of people, things like cultural associations, clubs, and networks, all of these things are the elements and the pieces and parts of what we call a nation of people.
The scripture says that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. We can see this, that God has created every nation, and that all nations have a purpose, which is to enable people to seek God. These things are all known, and so then we can understand a little bit more of how important nations are in God’s scheme of things. They are a big deal, and it’s a shame that so few people understand the importance of nations whose God is the Lord, how nations of people have a role to play on this earth, and how nations will have a role to play for eternity.
Now I’m not suggesting that any temporal nation is going to exist in eternity, I’m not suggesting that we can create or be part of an eternal nation on this earth, other than being citizens of the Kingdom of God. I don’t know what nations exist in the world to come, as described in Revelation 21. But I do know that diverse nations exist in some form for ever and ever.
Other than the Kingdom of God and the body of Christ, the only two eternal and universal institutions known among men, I don’t believe existing temporal nations are going to exist forever. In fact, throughout history, nations have come into existence and died out. Indeed, I suspect that what was once an “American Nation”, in terms of spiritual and cultural uniqueness, no longer exists.
And this brings us back to our beginning. The problem for Christians in America today is that they are not able to be part of a Christian nation. They do not understand the needs met by being part of such a nation. They do not understand that God has ordained nations so that they would empower people to be able to seek God, and that ,in practical terms, the structures within Nations, which lead to culture, are a support system for helping people to come to Faith. While even a God-fearing nation cannot make people believe in God, one thing that it would not do is to promote things that actually undermine people’s ability to seek God. And again, I must emphasize, I am talking about nations, not political states.
I don’t believe the Biblical concept that allowing and not punishing sin created collective or shared guilt for the body of people involved has ended. It is a principle, not a ceremonial or dietary law. Nations as people may not be able to punish people with martial power, but they can shun, shame, and otherwise expel those who persist in things that they known are an affront to God. What is more, if their culture does not draw such lines, then the nation shares the guilt for the deeds done.
It seems, throughout the centuries, that God allows men to advance in the knowledge of him and of His creation. From time to time, people gain insights, which I believe come direct from God, about Him, about His work, and about the natural universe around us. Even if we go through periods of time where once gained knowledge is lost, eventually, it seems, God restores it to us.
While we know much more about the physical universe than our ancestors did, we lag behind them in a basic understanding of the role and purpose of nations in God’s creation. But, on the other hand, not even the ancients understood that nations could actually be intentionally created. So in one sense, what I’m sharing is a restoration of the lost truth that nations are important. In another sense, I am presenting an expansion on that understanding, based on the idea that Nations can be created intentionally.
This is, I think, a step forward in our understanding of nations. We live in an age in which physical location and physical proximity are not as important as they used to be. Now of course there are certain things for which physical proximity are still important and always will be, such as family and marriage or even a close-knit community that acts like an extended family. But, while nations are not ideas, they begin as ideas. And how do I know this? I know this because everything created among men begins as an idea. Nothing we create, not even things God creates through us, has not begun as an idea. And so we live in an age in which the communication of ideas and the formation of cooperative associations and networks based on those ideas is possible among people who may never ever see each other in person in their whole life.
I should add that nations begin as big ideas that become small practices down to the personal level. They do not emerge out of small practices and become big ideas. At least not normally. In fact our archetype is Israel, which began as a big idea and vision given to Abraham. And yet every nation that has the mantle of being one of the nations whose father Abraham is comes from an even bigger idea! People groups which lack a big idea and which only live to meet their needs either don’t last long (so many ancient tribes have come and gone) or they stay locked in a primitive life that is hard and brutal (such as untouched tribes thay have not even discovered fire yet.) America began as a big idea, and America is disappearing as a socio-cultural entity because it is led in its institutions by people who reject that idea. Today American and Western culture loves the things God hates and hates the things God loves- thus sowing the seeds of those nations’ destruction and, by extension, the political states derived from them.
Way back in 1982 when God showed me how this nation of which I speak would be born, He showed me that it would emerge in spots all over the world. This is significant, because at the time there was no internet as we know it! There was no way that I in the woods of Perry County PA could have ever imagined communicating with so many people around the world at one time who decided to adopt this nationality has their own.
Today, someone in Africa, someone in China, someone in Germany, someone in Brazil, and someone in America can all come together around the idea of creating a new nation. Years ago, I developed a system of online organization I called “virtual to local.” The virtual to local approach allows you to create a broad community based on a big idea in which people gather online and discover other folks living near them. Once people discover other members of the virtual community who live near them they form local groups. The bigger the virtual community, in other words the more members it has around the world, the more likely members are to find someone who lives in their vicinity. And so the virtual community gathers people across a large geography. From this large virtual community, people connect and form local groups that become face-to-face and intimate communities. And so we see a very modern way nations can emerge that has never existed before in human history. Now, someone who has an idea for a nation can share that with the whole world, find people, form a virtual community, and, from that community, local groups can emerge.
All nations have culture and institutions, they begin as ideas, and those ideas attract people to themselves. It is upon the shoulders of those people who are initially drawn to the first idea that the ideational and cultural structure of a whole nation is born.
This is actually not new. If you look at Isaiah chapter 60 you will see that even the greatest nations begin with very small numbers of people. Just as a human body begins with a fee cells so nations begin with an idea and a few people. This is as it has always been. The only difference is that, now, those small groups of people may be dispersed throughout the whole world.
When I consider how God showed me this nation would eventually emerge, I am stunned at the accuracy of what I saw. Because, as I noted, there is no way in 1982 I could have known that a nation would be able to emerge at multiple places around the world at one time.
And so back to the original question, why UPADARIA? The answer is: because God has ordained the creation of this new nation for such a time as this when Christians all over the world are in need of a distinct temporal nationality that honors God. They need a national structure, in other words a culture and everything that goes along with it, that will enable and empower them to seek God.
But what about America, you might ask? I was born in America. I am an American citizen. I wore this country’s uniform with pride. I love my country. I will always do everything I can to prevent America from being destroyed or harmed. I didn’t need God to tell me in some special way that I had a duty to serve my country or that I should honor its leaders or its people and seek its good. But the vision that God imparted to me did not include America. It saddens me to say that, because I fear it means that America doesn’t have a very long future. However, I still intend to do everything in my power to preserve this country, to stand up for the rights, the security, the freedom, and the good all of its people.
But, having said all that, God has planted the seed of a nation within me. And that seed is to be sowed all over the world. For Christians in America there quite literally remains no temporal Christian nation they can belong to. They can hope that America as a nayional pdople gets back to its roots, but they have no guarantee that this is going to occur. If what I have seen is true, then they do have a way to be part of a Christian nation right now. And not only that, but Christians from all over the world can be part of this station.
In the beginning, there would be little advantage to somebody who adopts this new nationality. The benefits of being part of a Christian Nation really happen at-scale. In other words, because of the size and the number of people involved, a nation can meet a lot of needs that you can’t meet with a family or small group of people or certainly not as an individual. Even in the political realm, let’s say a nation of 3 million people dispersed throughout the USA, could form political organizations that represent the interests of its members. But in the beginning, when there are few people, the nation really only offers the value of its operating or governing discipline. If it has a useful philosophy for life that will allow you to be a better person and succeed in life, then even at the smallest scale it has some benefit.
It is always the case, that the first people to adapt a new nation benefit following generations more than they benefit themselves. Creating a new nation is no way to get rich. It’s no way to enjoy all the benefits that a full-fledged nation could provide. In fact, in the beginning, being part of creating a new nation may have disadvantages which may or may not be outweighed by the initial benefits.
It is for this reason I suppose that there are around 9900 Nations on the Earth today but very few nations are created in any given person’s lifetime. People would much rather hold on to an existing nation, even one that doesn’t give them life, then to start the rigorous work of creating a new nation.
But if what I have seen is true, there will be plenty of people around who decide to participate in doing the work of establishing this new nation on this Earth. And the reason I’m so confident that what I have seen is true, is because so much of it has already come to pass. I don’t expect that in and of itself to convince you, the only thing that is going to convince you to participate in this endeavor is the Holy Spirit.
Deciding to create a new nation is not like deciding to start a business or ministry. Maybe it’s more like how you should choose to get married. I believe as Christians, we should be careful to allow God to choose our spouse. So too nations are chosen for us by God. Or at least they should be.
But either God has given me the seed of that nation to share with you or he hasn’t. I think I have shown that God does create nations. I can show you that they have a role and purpose in his creation. And I can show you that when old nations betray their purpose God raises up new nations or revives old nations to take their place. In fact I think all of this is fairly self-evident.
But what I cannot do, and I won’t do, is to try to convince you with mere logic that the nation of which I speak is something you should be involved with. I stand on solid ground if I merely try to convince you that you should pay more attention to nations, that you should be conscious of their role, and that, whatever nation God wants you to be part of, you should seek to see that it becomes a nation whose God is the Lord.
I suspect, that if you have been drawn to these words, perhaps because you are looking to be part of a Christian nation, that it may be that this is a project you should become a part of. If you somehow instinctively desire to be part of a Christian nation and then you find out about this project, which is to create a new nation starting on online as virtual community midelled on a virtual country, then perhaps that is the hand of God.
So then, why Upadaria?
For me the answer is easy: because I believe God has planted the seeds of this new Christian nation in me to plant it in others in whom the seed will grow up until a new nation is born. That nation will be planted all over the world among people of many ancestries who purposefully adopt the this new nationality. As a Christian nation, it will empower and equip people to seek God, to find and fulfill His best for their lives, and to be witnesses for Jesus to the nations.
It will begin as an idea. It will answer the need nations fulfill, and all the more as it grows from a virtual community to a virtual network of local extended families that all practice its way of life. Indeed, it will not be one central organization, but it will develop its own institutions and associations. People will not become Upadarians by joining a club, but by adopting the national covenant for that nation as their own lifestyle and governing discipline. It may come to be that most Upadarians will not even be members of a Society that I envision will be established to help plant the ideas of this nation among people all over the world.
God has established nations. And I believe He will establish this new nation all over the world among many people, beginning with a virtual to local community. It will be the world’s first internet-propagated intentional nation.
It will exist because God has ordained that it should exist. It will fulfill a key function of nations, which is to enable people to seek God. It will equip its members to find and fulfill God’s best for their lives. It will empower, equip, and support its members so that they can be witnesses for Jesus to the nations. And, finally, it will provide safe havens, or places of refuge, to Christians in crisis, and Christians in need, from around the world. That is why I believe God has planted within me the seed of a new Christian mation. And I invite you, if you feel led, to consider becoming a participant in this noble endeavor.