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Standing on our Christian Foundation

Posted by Jon McNeel on

Foundations are important.  Last year I built a shed in our back yard.  There was not much room, but in one corner there was an old shed that I tore down and so I felt that would be the best place to build the new one.  The old shed was too small, so I decided the new one should be about twice the size.  There was an old foundation that I decided to use for half of the shed, and the other half I would just dig down a little and place some stones to set that corner on.  It looked fine, but over the course of the next year I saw an interesting thing happen.  The corner of the shed that was on a firm foundation was standing strong in its place, but the opposite corner where the foundation was resting on some medium sized stones, it had begun to sink.  It is just a shed, so I have not worried about it, but I know that over time, if nothing is changed, I will see my shed sag and perhaps fail in the one corner that is on the weak foundation.  

You know, our founding fathers built this country on a foundation of Christian values and beliefs.  The freedom given to us in the 1st amendment of the constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” Yet over the course of the last few decades we have seen that our own foundation is being eroded.  As a country, our foundation was set on Christian principles.  We could worship the Lord freely.  Yet, today we are told that we must conform to the standards of society or be considered intolerant.  In our reading of the scriptures we see clearly that marriage is between one man and one woman, but are told that if we say that, we are promoting hate speech and can be prosecuted for it.  Even though that very same 1st amendment continues on to say, “or abridging the freedom of speech”.  In other words, you and I have the right to read scripture and live by it and even express it, but are told today that we are somehow breaking the law by doing so.  And by the way, this is not a new thing. In 1962 in a case called Engel vs. Vitale, the Supreme Court ruled that public schools must remove a voluntary 22 word prayer that was recited every morning before school started.  A simple 22 word, voluntary prayer was deemed unconstitutional. And it was from that decision that so many other decisions have been made from the bench over the last 54 years that has shown not a neutrality of our government towards religion, but a hostility towards it, and more specifically towards the Christian faith.  That court case was cited as the basis for a decision that was made in 1980 to remove the 10 commandments from public schools, and specifically from Kentucky Public Schools.  This case went all the way to the supreme court of the United States, and this was the actual decision that came from that case.  “If the posted copies of the 10 Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will induce the children to read, meditate upon, and perhaps venerate, and obey the commandments.  This is not a permissible state objective under the establishment clause of the 1st amendment.”  In other words, if we post the 10 commandments children may read them and obey them.  Now I am wondering, which of these commandments were they so concerned about?  Thou shalt honor thy father and mother?  Thou shalt not steal?  Thou shalt not bear false witness?  Sadly, today we look back on our own history and see that between 1980 and 2012 we had a total of 137 school shootings, in which almost 297 people died.  Between 2013 and today there have been 204 school shootings.  In just 3 years.  These are the same public schools about which the supreme court ruled it was unconstitutional to post “Thou shalt not kill.”  

You might say, but Jon, the Supreme Court was just following the law.  Actually, they were not.  In fact, back in 1844, in the case of Vidal v. Girard’s Executors, the decision that they made, relying on the very constitution they promised to uphold stated, “Why may not the Bible, especially the New Testament without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in the school, its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained, and its glorious principles of morality inculcated? Where can the purist principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?”  (pg. 43 of the decision) So I think we have to ask ourselves this question… what has changed?

What has changed is the desire of the people to stand strong on our Christian foundation.  No other foundation makes sense.  If we say we are a product of evolution, then there cannot be human goodness, because “it is the survival of the fittest.”  If we say we are standing on the foundation of socialism or Marxism or communism, all of those systems have failed in the past and cannot be our foundation.  As Americans, we are a product of Christian values, morals and ethics.  If we lose that foundation, we have nothing to stand on.  And when we have nothing to stand on, we will fall…