What will life be like when God fulfills Christ’s model prayer? Here is an imaginative but realistic Biblical guide to that life. Rather than some foolish utopian dream, Thy Will Be Done presents a powerful depiction of a sinful world redeemed and transformed by Christ as suggested by the prophets. The author’s lifetime study of the Bible’s instructions for loving God and loving man fuels this thoughtful extended, everyman essay. Biblical principles guide a comprehensive and practical approach to a fulfilled Gospel life and the earthly tools needed for the Great Commission.
The author weaves a tapestry of possibility–Christ’s people growing as salt and light, putting flesh on the Bible’s vision of blessing in every aspect of human life and endeavor. The message brings joy to all peoples and glory to the One who came to save the world. Let us hasten the day!
“Ron Kirk comprehensively applies the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life.”
Peter Hammond, The Reformation Society, South Africa
Ron Kirk was interviewed by Jerry Newcombe, host of Vocal Point and author of NPI release The Book that Made America.
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Praise for Thy Will Be Done
Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry; to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men; and to piety, love, and reverence toward Almighty God… What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be. (John Adams)
One of the weaknesses of Christian Reconstruction is a failure to bring its strengths into other arenas and to develop the implications of faith for all of life in its more practical/personal aspects. This is most notable in regard to “relational Christianity.” This is a term regarded with suspicion by many serious Christians. Why? Because it has been exploited by pietists to crowd out all consideration of our calling under Christ to apply His Word to every aspect of our lives. In reality, however, the idea of “relational Christianity” is one that needs to be taken captive to the obedience of Christ. Perhaps then it wouldn’t be pitted against a broad application of the faith, but rather show us how to cast an even wider net in our application of the Word of God. We might even find a blessing in so doing.
Ron W. Kirk’s book, Thy Will Be Done: When All Nations Call God Blessed, was published in 2013 by Nordskog Publishing. Ron is the former Education Editor of Faith for All of Life and represents a confluence of several distinct “theological rivers” that emerged when the Volker Fund was disbanded in the 1960s. The two most significant Volker alumni were R. J. Rushdoony and Verna Hall. As Miss Hall would later quip, Dr. Rushdoony embodied Puritan interests while she and Rosalie Slater embodied Pilgrim interests. These fellow warriors remained cordial cobelligerents throughout their lives and always exhibited mutual respect for the other’s work.
In this volume, we see the power in synthesizing the best of each thinker’s approach to reality. In just over 200 pages, this tour de force manages to set forth one of the most innovative, insightful, and far-reaching applications of the Christian faith that I have had the pleasure to encounter. The author brings forth treasures old and new on every page, steeped in the experience garnered after decades of diligent application.
If it is true, as Otto Scott pointed out, that character determines destiny, then the shaping of character within the framework of the whole counsel of God must be the missing piece in contemporary Christianity. The inculcation of character should work hand in hand with an uncompromising theology, for a weakness in the former will publicly discredit the latter. Those who love the law of God and delight in it should, by rights, be men and women and children whom others would wish to emulate—rather than to avoid like the plague. If we’ve worn out our welcome, it’s not because we’ve applied the Word too consistently, but not consistently enough.
Ron Kirk gives us a glimpse of what families, churches, and our society will look like when God is given His due in all things, including our relations with others. As you read this work, which is irenic in tone yet startling in its moral clarity, you realize that you could be bringing Christ’s kingship to bear in this world right now in ways that are letter simple. This book lifts the veil that too often covers the eyes of those prone to see theology in abstraction rather than in human terms.
The winnowing fan is in the Messiah’s hands, and He will thoroughly purge His threshing floor. Sanctification of cultures and individuals involves the driving away of chaff. How this can be achieved across multiple elements of our complex social world, embracing laws, schools, vocation, social needs, economics, education, and more, is explained in clear, ingratiating terms.
The part your own heart must play in the transformation of this world as “the darkness passes away” (I John 2:8) is no less a part of His work with the fan. He won’t drive chaff out of our culture without first driving it out of our own hearts. This book, then, restores a balance that ought never to have been lost to us. Light versus heat, or personal versus cultural: these are false dichotomies. Ron Kirk’s book argues for light and heat, personal and cultural … and provides the roadmap into the future that will expand how broadly you will apply your faith.
Martin G. Selbrede, Chalcedon
Ronald Kirk believes that, given time and God’s providence (for He works all things for good), the whole earth could become such a paradise, or at least a close approximation to it. As he tells us:
The content of Thy Will Be Done attempts to present a crafted approach to Biblically directed living. In this approach, applied-faith thinking in each area of life uniquely expresses itself in real life upon Biblically defined life objectives. Everything builds upon a simple set of coherent Biblical principles that speak comprehensively to God’s goals for men in this life in anticipation of eternity.
Kirk’s plan, therefore, is a combination of the practical and the theoretical. The will of God will always be accomplished, as the Bible and experience have shown. The author outlines how believing Christians can reform American society first and then the rest of the world with love and without resorting to coercion, which godless humanists invariably end up doing:
The would-be humanistic elite have now largely dismantled America, with a tremendous degree of damage done in only the last few years. How could Christ possibly prevail in such a world? By the obedience of the church—one person at a time.
Thus, Kirk’s program of “social revolution” is what it has always been for believers in Christ: by preaching the Word (planting the “seed”), showing the world by example what it means to live for Jesus, and reaping the benefits—both spiritual and material—for all to see, thereby leading others to Christ (the “harvest,” with God giving the increase).
Christians must be both the salt that preserves the world and the light that shows the way. Any other approach that attempts to win the world for Christ is doomed to failure.
A glance at the contents page should persuade the reader of how comprehensive and thoroughgoing Kirk’s plan is. The nice thing is how closely it conforms to God’s plan in the Bible.
Michael Soderberg, The American Culture
It is a sad paradox that Christians regularly pray the Lord’s Prayer, that God’s “will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven,” but they then demonstrate absolutely no inclination whatsoever to believe that such a prayer could, or even should, be answered. In this powerful book, Ronald Kirk proposes that Christians actually believe the Gospel! And that we would then live like it in every aspect of life. That we would yearn to see Christ’s blessings flow “as far as the curse is found.” Gratefully recommended.
George Grant, Author; Educator; Founder of Green Meadow Study Center and Franklin Classical School; Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, TN
Thy Will Be Done: When All Nations Call God Blessed focuses on the heart of our Mission. The Great Commission must be our supreme ambition. Christ’s last Command must be our first concern.
Ronald Kirk’s study on the practical implications of comprehensively applying the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life will inform, inspire, and involve its readers in seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
There is nothing more important. We must love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and we must love our neighbour as ourselves. This requires making disciples of all nations and teaching obedience to all that the Lord has commanded.
May we be faithful in working for world Evangelisation and Biblical Reformation. May God be merciful to grant us a Heaven-sent Spiritual Revival. We pray and work towards the day when God’s will is done on earth and when all nations call Him blessed.
Peter Hammond, Author; Missionary; Founder; The Reformation Society, Cape Town, South Africa
Christian history documents the unfolding answer to Christ’s kingdom prayer as His people have taken the Bible seriously. As fellow students and representatives of America’s Christian liberty will, I commend Ron Kirk’s Thy Will Be Done. It summarizes the Biblical view and its legacy as he treats a broad range of subjects and at the same time illuminates the simple set of underlying Biblical principles that make a Christian society possible.
Stephen McDowell, President, Providence Foundation and Biblical Worldview University, Charlottesville, VA
In these days when personal morality and revered institutions seem to be collapsing all around us, it can be a real benefit to spend some time considering how a truly godly society would function. Ronald Kirk’s Biblically guided imaginary journey touches every sphere of human life—home, church, civil government, productive enterprise, and others. Thy Will Be Done: When All Nations Call God Blessed presents not a distant millennial kingdom, but the beginnings of the Kingdom of God in life today.
It is Kirk’s stated belief that the spiritual decline of some very liberal denominations began with withdrawal from the world and refusal to fully engage in public affairs—and with lost individuals in our communities. But what if each of us did commit to being salt and light, what would our communities look like then? That is the engaging premise of this book, something that every Christian should consider.
William J. Murray, Chairman, Religious Freedom Coalition, Washington, DC
Nearly 30 years ago Ron Kirk’s teaching and writing transformed my life and family and laid a Biblical-reasoning foundation for our ministry (New Hope Uganda) that is impacting thousands. This new book takes the reasoning and life-application of Biblical principles to a new level. If only God’s people would read and learn and apply—for the sake of the children, for transforming the generations to come!
Jay Dangers, Founder and Director, New Hope Uganda: Bringing the Fatherhood of God to the Fatherless
Thy Will Be Done paints an impressive canvas for the prospects for the world, based upon a multilayered study of the foundations of the United States—of the republic’s origins and Biblical principles. The vision is uncompromising and com- passionate in its call, placing the individual citizen in overlapping circles of family, church, and civic communities. An educator at heart, Ron Kirk unfolds a national history almost like a curriculum scope and sequence for the redeemed person; a grammar of personal responsibility fitted into a story of freedom, as the creature obeys his Creator in every part of his life.
Mike T. Sugimoto, Professor of Asian Studies, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
The Church in America has been drifting for several decades—away from orthodox views of the Christian faith in favor of postmodern ideas about God and life. The future of the Church for our children and grandchildren is much in doubt. Yet, God has always preserved His remnant to show the way back. Such is the case with Thy Will Be Done, from Ron Kirk. I so much appreciate Ron’s work here and I want to say that this resource should be in every Church library and indeed in every Christian home. Ron points out how important Psalm 110 is to the Christian faith, as used in the New Testament numerous times! If you see the great theological importance of this matter alone, you will have been richly rewarded far beyond the cost of the book. Yet there is so much more that will bless you for years to come.
Dan Smithwick, Founder and President, Nehemiah Institute and Premier Worldview Center, Lexington, KY
This book takes the phrase “Thy Kingdom come” and applies it to every nook and cranny of modern-day life, compelling every reader to reassess how to apply God’s truth to our lives, community, church, and nation.
Brad Dacus, President, Pacific Justice Institute, Sacramento and Santa Ana, CA
Ron Kirk has produced in Thy Will Be Done a panorama of the Kingdom of God. He invites you to ascend with him to higher ground and there to observe the Kingdom, in all its complexity and simplicity, as a whole whose parts each contribute to the blessedness of God’s grace and goodness. He is an able and reliable guide for the grand tour of life lived in Christ. Look within this book for guidance in Biblically directed living upon a simple set of Biblical principles and be eternally blessed.
Carole Adams, President, Foundation for American Christian Education; Founder, StoneBridge School, Chesapeake, VA
The vision Ron Kirk displays in these pages is no mirage. For more than a decade I have personally known Ron and his dear wife, Christina, and their five children. Ron is the kind of man it would take to write such a book. Herein is a vision of maturing Christians who produce maturing Christian culture which in turn radiates with increasing clarity the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. As we mature, a greater and clearer witness shines out to our neighbors, whom we love by genuine Christian life lived each day in every station and endeavor of human life God hands us. In this book you will find food for your soul, encouragement for your heart, challenge, and sometimes kind rebuke. Here is a book worth your time and worthy of giving to others. Every reader will find here substantial and weighty though eminently readable fare. Pastors and teachers, you will find herein a bag of good seed that will settle and grow in your own hearts, and give you plenty to sow in those who hear you. Ron’s work may become a classic. I pray God will use it to His own glory and the edification of His Church. May it add to that River of the Water of Life that brings blessing and life to the world for which God gave His only begotten Son.
Eugene C. Clingman, Executive Administrator, International Church Council Project, Winona, MO
How is it that we have tens of millions of Christians in this country, yet the nation continues to slide further into a moral morass? Ron Kirk’s new book, Thy Will Be Done, helps answer the question. And it shows how we can get back on track, using the Word of God as our guide.
Jerry Newcombe, Truth-in-Action Ministries; Co-host, Truth that Transforms, Coral Ridge, FL; Author, The Book that Made America
Kirk makes an ambitious offering to give his readers a comprehensive introduction to a Christian worldview applied to all areas of life. He simplifies for the layman just how to reconstruct their personal life according to Biblical principles and then how to apply those same theological truths to family, church, and community in a positive advancement of God’s Kingdom on earth.
Brian Godawa, Hollywood Worldviews, and Word Pictures Author, Myth Became Fact: Storytelling, Imagination, and Apologetics in the Bible
The two most important questions for which we humans seek answers are these: 1) What is God like? and 2) What is the goal of His activity in the world? What will the world resemble when indeed God answers the prayer Jesus told us to pray in Mathew 6:10, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”? How will we know when that prayer has been answered? For years this has been of particular interest to me in the jurisdictions of the family and the church, which, along with the civil government, make up God’s three ordained institutions. I am convinced there are clear, knowable, and understandable answers to those two questions.
Ronald Kirk has undertaken the monumental task of examining question No. 2 in detail, not simply in the family or the church, but in every area of human endeavor. What will business, the sciences, the arts, education, philanthropy, recreation, civil government, and national foreign policy all look like when God’s will is done on the earth? Based on a wealth of experience as an educator and a theologian, Ron has written a sweeping magnum opus to answer that question.
He does so with a precision, clarity, and attention to detail that is amazing. Again and again as questions came into my mind, Ron answered them in the next paragraph. His work is balanced, positive, and concise. Sadly, not all Christians have either the positive view of the future that Ron holds, nor his firm belief in the sovereignty of God. However, I found his picture of the world under the righteous rule of Jesus Christ to be, frankly, very encouraging. Prepare yourself for an intellectual spiritual feast!
Robert Andrews, Gospel Parenting, Rice, WA; Educator and Author of The Family: God’s Weapon for Victory
Ronald Kirk has acquired a deep foundation of useful knowledge over a wide range of important topics; and he has the unique ability to apply that knowledge with wisdom evidencing a truly Reformed Christian Worldview. In Thy Will be Done, he has communicated cogently the results of his studies, giving us many insights which present his inspired vision of how we ought to conduct ourselves individually, as family leaders, as church members, and as citizens to restore God’s Kingdom on earth in all areas of life. I recommend this book most highly.
Kendall Thurston, Murphys, CA
In Thy Will Be Done, Ronald Kirk hopes to “pique the imagination of all those called of God toward the realization of Christ’s purpose for men.” As one whose imagination has been suitably piqued by reading this book, I wholeheartedly commend this “crafted approach to Biblically directed living” to all who have prayed and meant the words of The Lord’s Prayer.
Neil McKinlay, Australian PCA Pastor and Armed Forces Chaplain; Author, From Mason to Minister
Too many Christians think compartmentally instead of in an integrated manner. The fact is, God thinks something about everything. It, therefore, behooves His children to seek to discern our Father’s thoughts about everything. I do not think that whether the reader agrees with Mr. Kirk’s conclusions on every matter is the most important issue. If reading this book drives us to the Scriptures and our knees to learn to think God’s thoughts after Him, it will have served a supremely great purpose.
Errol Hale, Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Moorpark, CA
Ron Kirk has presented us with a vision for what the future will be like when Christians come to appreciate the full significance of God’s plan for this world. Thy Will Be Done paints a picture of what this world could, and some day will, become. It also shows us the steps involved in making the transition from what we see around us today to a truly God-honoring world. It is a roadmap, a Biblically based and sure guide for all who would honor God by putting their hands to the task of building that kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth.
Lou Poumakis, Author of Faith on Earth?, Boynton Beach, FL