Read Psalm 11
Focus on verse 3
When a foundation is faulty there is little hope of saving what has been built upon it. I remember watching the workmen lay the foundation for a house that we had built a few years ago, and for the first few weeks if looked like not much was happening at the worksite. Upon closer examination we discovered they had been pouring the footings upon which the concrete slab would ultimately rest. The footings would form the foundation of the entire structure. In the one corner they had to add some extra rock and gravel to counter what appeared to be a higher water table so that the footings would be secure. Interestingly the only place we noticed a minor crack in the slab when we were laying the flooring was in that corner of the house. If the foundation of a structure is compromised in any way the entire structure that rests on it is at risk.
This is principle that is as true in other areas of life as it is in the realm of architecture. In today’s Psalm David writes, “if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (v. 3) I cannot think of a more critical time in the history of western civilization than right at this moment when we have seen such a wholesale attack on the foundations of conservative Christianity. “For behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrows to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;” (v. 2) We are losing our freedoms at an unprecedented rate as the foundational pillars of a free society are being eroded away. Political correctness has become the hammer that chips away at foundational institutions such as free speech, the right to bear arms, freedom of worship, traditional marriage, parental rights, and much more.
As each pillar gives way, the fabric that holds the culture together frays and shreds as people begin to polarize along lines of ethnicity, religion, politics and economics. The poor blame the rich, the atheists blame the religious folk, the Christians blame the Muslims, the blacks blame the whites, and in every case the finger pointing goes both ways because the foundations of righteousness have been destroyed.
There is no political solution, no economic solution, not even a religious solution that can repair the damage that has been done. The only solution that will begin to restore the foundation of our society begins within the heart of each and every individual. The foundations of a civilization are only as secure as the foundation of each individual within that civilization.
Jesus tells a parable of two men who built houses in Matthew 7. One build his house on the sand, the other built his upon a rock. Now I suspect it was a lot more difficult to build on a rock than it would be to build on sand which may indicate something about the personalities of each of these men. Jesus goes on to say that in time the wind began to blow and the rain began to fall and the water began to rise and in the midst of the storm the house on the sand collapse and was destroyed because it had no solid foundation, but the house on the rock stood firm. Jesus then clarifies the meaning of his parable. He says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matt 7:24)
The implication is that those who ignore the teachings of Jesus Christ will be like the man who built on the sand.
The nation of America became a great nation because the founders initially built the foundation of the nation on the Rock. The moral and ethical principles that allowed the people of this nation to become the greatest empire the world has seen to this day, was built on the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the Christian Bible. In the last half century the moral foundation of the nation has been systematically attacked and destroyed. Unless we find a way to repair the foundation, this empire will fall like every empire that preceded it. The most important question in any case regardless of whether the nation stands or falls is, “will your personal foundation be found to be built on the Rock when the storm arrives?” If you are reading this, it is not yet too late to hear the words of Jesus Christ and do them in order to be like the wise man who built his house on the Rock.