Terry R. Baughman
“If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3).
Many of the cornerstone foundations upon which this country was founded are being systematically eroded. Christian liberties slowly being restricted, intolerance for personal convictions, removal of religious references in the public square, and the revision of history to reflect politically correct views in contemporary culture are all chipping away at our heritage and national beginnings. Christian America is being reframed as pagan America with tolerance for every religious expression; all religions except Christianity, that is. The lament of David in our text seems to be an appropriate Psalm for this generation, “If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”
Values held sacred for all times are being challenged and pressure to embrace the new values (or lack thereof) is intensive. These efforts include changes to our view of sexuality, gender identification, the definition of family, and pluralism in religion. Long held distinction of the sexes is blurred beyond recognition. The two sexes are being dissolved into any number of genders to reflect every possible expression. The definition of family has moved from the traditional to any grouping of people (or animals) that you wish to include regardless of bloodline or legal documentation. Pluralism demands that all religious expression is equally valid and insist that there are many ways to God, or gods, or no god at all.
“What can the righteous do?”
The Word of God provides instructions for life and guidance in the uncharted sea of social change. God’s Word is a sure foundation in a destructive secular environment. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35). This is the one sure thing in a world of increasing chaos. We can stand for what it right and true based upon the time tested principles of God’s unchanging Word.
It may be helpful to remember that the first generation church was birthed in a pagan culture. There were no “Christians” when the Holy Spirit was first poured out in Jerusalem. A movement was born and the opposition was immediate. There were threats and legal action, then beatings and stoning resulting in death. The largest religious traditions opposed them. The occupying forces detained them. The crowds were incited against them, and popular opinion condemned them. Yet, the followers of the Way prevailed, they shared their faith and their possessions. They lived in community and grew in their fellowship. Eventually, they grew beyond Jerusalem and spilled out into all the world … just like Jesus predicted. It was His final commission that they should, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
We will not only survive the onslaught of secularism, but we will thrive in the oppositional environment of modern society. We will be driven to our knees in prayer and to the Word of truth to secure our foundation of faith. Build your faith and your family on the Word of God and you can stand strong against every attack.
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).