Faith & Values
Tim Johnson: How firm is our foundation in this life?
Oct 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Psalm 11 is an interesting psalm from the aspect that overall it is a psalm of victory, but it does give the impression the enemy, at least for awhile, has the upper hand.
Something Psalm 11 does not address that raises another question in my mind, “What are the foundations?”
It doesn’t take much study to come to the conclusion that Jesus Christ is the foundation. I Corinthians 3:11 says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Jesus Himself took this one step further in the Sermon on the Mount when He said, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock” (Matthew 7:24). Christ is our foundation when we listen to and do what He says.
Tucked away in Psalm 82:5 is another verse about the foundations, “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.” In other words, because the foundations are all out of whack the people are walking around in darkness and ignorance.
In America are our foundations all out of whack? To this question, arguments can arise about what the foundations are. The family, the educational system, the Constitution, the workforce, the middle class, the military, our economic system; the list is endless of what people will claim to be the foundations of America.
May I bring you back to the Bible and what Jesus said? Jesus Christ is the only foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11) that foundation is built by hearing and obeying God’s Word (Matthew 7:24), and when that foundation crumbles the people walk in ignorance and darkness (Psalm 85:2).
As individuals, as families and as a nation as a whole; how firm is our foundation?
Prayer was taken out of American schools in 1962; the Bible was removed in 1963. It only makes sense that these two decisions were so close together; if you won’t let a child talk to God, why allow God to speak to the child?
I started kindergarten in the fall 1965. I was part of the first generation to go to school without the Bible or prayer.
Four years ago, I had the privilege of walking in a Labor Day parade. Behind my group was a church float. On the float was a man on a cross. He wore a crown of thorns, a white loincloth, fake blood splattered all over him. Obviously, this was a representation of Jesus and the crucifixion. All along the parade route, not just once or twice, but dozens of times, I heard children asking questions. “Who is that?” “Why is that man on a cross?” Even, “Why is that guy wearing a diaper?”
Many of the grandchildren of the generation that were the first to go through school without the Bible don’t even recognize Jesus when they see Him.
If these children don’t know Jesus or can’t make the connection to Jesus when they see a man on a cross, we can be assured they are not listening to His Words. And if not listening how can they obey what He says? Remember the eventual result of this – the foundations crumble, and the people live in ignorance and darkness.
All this raises more questions, as an individual, how firm is your foundation? As a family, a household, how firm is your foundation? As a nation, on how stable of rock are we standing?
Preacher Tim Johnson is pastor of Countryside Baptist Church in Parke County, Ind. Email him at [email protected] or visit preacherjohnson.com.