We are doing it wrong! Have you noticed that at every turn, every new news story, we are constantly looking for whom or what to blame for what went wrong? The failing war on drugs, the failing war on terror, the more and more intrusive government in the disguise of “security”, and on and on. As a nation we are becoming more and more increasingly fearful. On top of fear, we are also becoming a more and more morally ambiguous country. Also, an overwhelming majority of our resident’s do not trust our elected leaders as they constantly make their own decisions verses the will of the people they are supposed to represent. Bias in media reports, a failing public assistance program, a corrupt election system, increasing fear, moral relativism, uncontrollable national debt, people in authority constantly falling from grace, a revisionist version of our history, unachievable political correctness, and a failing democracy. Sounds like a recipe for disaster!
What is the world can a Christian do? How in the world can we possibly battle all of this? I think all the things I named above are symptoms. So, what is the cause? Well, these symptoms can be seen as cracks in the foundation. Most people would see no problem with a couple small cracks, but a good mason knows that one crack in a foundation will eventually lead to the entire structure caving in. I think as a nation, we had a strong foundation poured by our founding fathers. Unfortunately, due to a modern revisionist version of history we have been taught that the founding fathers were not religious and were not looking to establish a Christian nation. This is often due to citing more modern biographies and opinions verses researching actual documents from our history.
Wallbuilders, a group run by historian David Barton, works diligently to restore actual original documents from our founding fathers and has uncovered a wealth of information on the original intent of that time verses the opinions about that time by people today. This page (http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=8755) alone contains over 200 quotes from over 50 founding fathers on Jesus and the Bible as needed in government, many from official government documents and proclamations, including these quotes that would shock us today:
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.” – John Adams
“In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.” – John Quincy Adams
“The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” – Congress, 1854
“As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.” – Benjamin Franklin
“That universal happiness may be established in the world [and] that all may bow to the scepter of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole earth be filled with His glory.” – John Hancock in prayer proclamation
“The Bible… is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.” – Patrick Henry
“The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” – John Jay
“I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.” – Thomas Jefferson
“By renouncing the Bible, philosophers swing from their moorings upon all moral subjects… It is the only correct map of the human heart that ever has been published.” – Benjamin Rush
“You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.” – George Washington
“The moral principles and precepts found in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws.” – Noah Webster
These people, and their moral compass, were the foundation that was laid for our country. So, have we cracked that foundation at all? And does even one crack eventually lead to the crumble of the entire structure? Yes. So, the solution is easy. The only way to truly save our failing nation is to repair the foundation. It seems quite evidence that our foundation was laid with Jesus and the Bible front and center in every aspect of daily living and government work. We do not see that in our country today. We would rather focus on fixing the symptoms, playing the blame game, and ignoring the real issue.
As a counselor-in-training, I can attest that fixing symptoms will only cause a brief relief, but the underlying issue will always come back. That underlying issue will always come down to your personal foundation. My wife and I’s music group UNITY recently released our album titled “What You Choose to Follow”. The overall message of that album is that we all have to choose something or someone to follow. Someone or something will be our authority. In the case of the nation, it will either be man’s word or God’s word. Every issue we deal with on this blog always comes back to this core matter. Who has the final say in every area of your life: man’s changing relative opinions or God’s unchanging absolute word?
Why has the church allowed such a shift from what seems to be a strong foundation in our country? We’ve allowed cracks in our own foundation. The Biblical foundation for the entire rest of the story is set in Genesis. Evolution teaches that a literal Adam is impossible. 1 Corinthians 15:45 says “The first man Adam became a living being, the last Adam (Jesus) a life-giving spirit”. I ask you: which Adam is unnecessary – the first Adam or the last Adam? If there was no original sin that deviated us from God, why did we need a savior to reconcile us? But if you’ve been trained (often times by the church itself) that the Bible is not reliable (especially from the very beginning), then you really have no reason to accept the Corinthians verse. You’ve already deregulated the Bible to an un-authoritative, general moral lesson book of stories. If some of these stories are not true, and some true – how do we know anymore which is which? Cracks in the foundation! Cracks eventually lead to the entire structure crumbling. That is what we are seeing. Homosexuality, religion in politics, the flood, creation, and on and on – all compromise… all cracks in the foundation.
A banner at the Creation Museum in Kentucky reads: “Scripture compromised in the church leads to scripture abandoned in the home”. As the Bible has been compromised in the teaching of our church leaders, it has led to less authority in the home life, and as those children have grown up and become our leaders today the process continues on and on. It becomes easier and easier to compromise. One crack doesn’t seem to make a big difference, until it gets out of control, and the cracks pick up speed, and before you know it – the whole structure is gone! This is where we are heading. This is why I stand up for what I do. Either the Bible is the 100% authoritative word of God useful for all aspects of our life (including political and public expressions) or it is negotiable. I am not willing to trade God’s unchanging word for man’s changing opinions. Who is man to decide what is negotiable? We are doing it wrong!
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16 (notice “ALL scripture”, not some scripture)