W. R. (Bill) Collier Jr- Who doesn't want to be part of a Christian nation if they are Christian? Of course, the idea appeals to most Christians, and why shouldn't we also want society around us to celebrate OUR values, as those who embrace secularism or other religions naturally do?
Imagine a nation whose social and cultural norms, whose economic and civic standards were guided by godly principles of justice. We who understand the Bible's preaching recognize that in such a society freedon, security, and prosperity would be available to everyone, including even non-Christians. I am not talking about a perfectly just society, but a mostly just society, or at least a MORE just society, which is all we mortals can produce, that would more or less be like the IDEAL of what we imagine America was, only without some of the gross hypocrisies and errors America tolerated. Here we would have a color-blind society largely free of exploiters and bigots, corrupt politicians and fat cat bankers, peddlers of smut to children and criminal gangs. It is not that sin would go away, but it wouldn't be celebrated.
Let's get past what we think is possible or what those who look narrowly upon our faith think of such a vision for a just society that at the very least doesn't positively thumb its collective nose at godly precepts and truths. Most of us who are Christians would not just want that kind of a nation for ourselves, but we would want it for our children, and we know that Christians from such a nation could go throughout the world sharing the
While we may wish to fulfill our duty to be a witness for Jesus to our own countries, and see them fulfill God's best for their collectives lives, the truth is that, even as we might be lovers of our own natural born or adopted countries, we can actually CREATE a sort of "nation" that, as it emerges here and there, produces its own social and cultural environment for its members, even if they sare scattered all around the world. Yes, I propose that you and I don't have to base the hope of being part of a Christian nation solely on getting the countries where we live to "become Christian." Of course, we can be a witness to them, but we have other ways to be part of a Christian nation, and this is on two levels.
On the universal and eternal level, the "ethnium" (nationhood or national sovereignty, or regency, of a People) of all Christians is that the Kingdom of God is in us and among us, it has come and is to come, it has been etablished and is being fulfilled. While the vision of which I speak agrees with the emergence of a new "era" among Christians based on this "Kingdom identity in Christ", as opposed to denominations and church "services", the vision of which I speak is for a specific, unique, and temporal "nation" of people whose God is the Lord. I propose that many who understand this concept of a stateless nation of people whose God is the Lord and who are witnesses for Jesus to the nations will be better prepared to help establish and work within the emergence of the new "Kingdom era" among Christians around the world.
Moreover, many who are part of this new "nation" will become more effective witnesses to and champions of the country in which they live: there is no choice between one OR the other.
I myself have multiple "nested" national identities, chief, supreme, and all encompassing being my citizenship in the eternal Kingdom of God. Indeed, my citizenship in a Kingdom whose King is "the King of Kings", and which, even in the world to come, includes many unique and diverse nations, has taught me the value of unique nations and how, from the beginning until forever, God divides the earth among many nations.
This is where a vision for a new, albeit stateless, Christian nation gets its start. The nation of Upadaria (yoo-pah-daria) will emerge out of an initial understanding of a future fictive history whose precepts will be followed, whose warnings we hope to heed, and whose literal and tragic fulfillment we pray we can help the countries and peoples of the nations of Western Civilization and beyond to avoid.
The temporal premise of Upadaria (yoo-pah-daria) is that Western Civilization is following its ideal of "individualism" which is leading to its form of caesarism, libertine collectivism but that by understanding certain ideal within certain disciplines and practices the future envisioned within our future fictive history can be avoided. The eternal premise is that God alone is sovereign, that He divides the earth among the nations establishing their timeframe and boundaries, and he grants a delegated sovereignty, or regency, to peoples, nations, and whole civilizations which He may withdraw if and when they become unjust in His eyes, according to his standards.
We live in a time when God's standards of justice are mocked and even outlawed within a civilization that once at least gave homage to His justice and truth, and which, despite it contradictions and hypocrisies, God had grace upon for a long time. This is Western Civilization: corrupt, without God, in rebellion to His justice. The nations and countries of this once at least nominally Christian civilization, many which once boasted of a Christian heritage, have largely become carbon copies of Babylon or Sodom. A day of the Lord awaits this civilization, and history and Scripture seem to self-evidently declare that when God otherthrows one thing, He raises up another.
Thus, I saw, and expressed as a fictional future history, the world that could be, and, from 1982, many elements of the events and circumstances that must occur before the final overthrow of the nations of the West who have betrayed God's justice HAVE ALREADY OCCURED and in some detail.
What I saw WAS NOT VERY NICE! It was awful! As a proud American, for instance, I saw only a part of America go back to her "spiritual constitution", the rest became divided and scorched by the judgments of war upon her people. This has greatly disturbed me over the years and at one point I adopted such a fatalism as to practically welcome the end, out of anger and frustration over what America has become.
But the vision of an emerging new civilization, based on four core ideals, the UPDR ideals, does not have to be one of war and destruction. The new MUST COME, in the sense that we must move past civilization models that only followed one ideal and that only partly adhered to God's model of justice. But the current countries, nations, and peoples within and even outside of the old, dying Western Civilization can embrace the new and avoid the pitfuls of being connected to the old civilization when it collapses.
So then the idea here is that you and I can join and become virtual citizens of a Christian nation, even as we are loyal citizens seeking the good of and to be Jesus' witnesses to, the nation where we live. And that is Upadaria (yoo-pah-daria), a statless Christian nation whose "homeland" is distributed and under the feet of its members wherever they reside, and whose members are dispersed like salt around the world.
Now, when I saw this nation I also saw states, some of which included members of this nation, but many of which used the term "upadarian" (yoo-pah-darian) to define a governing system based on the UPDR ideals. But these things emerged and they may not emerge as envisioned, especially if the nations currently under the sway of Western Civilization actually resort to God's standard of Justice for the nations.
While the nation of Upadaria's "virtual government" and web-based non-territorial "state" will be based more or less on the future fictive history, this is a starting point, not an ending point and it is not to be taken beyond the idea of giving an example and blueprint as a witness to the nations as well as a governing infrastructure to facilitate communication and cooperation among members who will be distributed around the world. In short, the "virtual non-territorial state" (basically a social network modelled on the future fictive history) does not change the fact that Upadaria is a stateless Christian nation at its core.
Oddly, when I first envisioned Upadaria dispersed all over the world I could not see how people so dispersed would hear about it, connect to it, and then to each other. I did envision a sort of "web of nodes" in which people could share information or talk by video, using eye peices as monitors, but I really didn't see the internet of today as it is now. In short, the internet makes it possible for people all around the world to hear about Upadaria, connect to Upadaria as a web-based and stateless Christian nation, and then to connect to fellow members of that Christian nation.
You can become a part of a new Christian nation.
At first, its impact on you will be small. It takes people connecting to a shared idea/vision and each other at some scale because their actions and cooperation have real impact. Eventually, as people within the virtual nation connect locally and begin to live out the disciplines and practices of that nation a sort of "culturally autonomous society" emerges, capable of meeting needs outside of the existing power structure and yet not in a way that causes withdrawal in terms of being and influence and witness for Jesus to others.
That being said, even an individual who utilizes the UPDR ideals (namely Unity in diversity, Popular sovereignty, Democratic equality, and Rule of law) and understands the individual aspects of the disciplines and practices of the Upadarian civilization (namely Ecclesium, Ethnium, Oikosium, and Koinonium) can see real changes in their life and priorities that make them better citizens of their own country, witnesses to the lost, better friends, brothers/sisters, spouses, parents, and the such.
By joining this "nation" you can be better equipped to potentially reach the country where you live or, at the very least, be connected to people who love God and love one another, and whose nation serves God collectively, in order to endure even the worse case scenario. So being part of Upadaria and its shared mission could help avert the fulfillment of a future like unto the one envisioned and it can be a war of being prepared for the worse case scenario.