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When The Foundations Are Being Destroyed

Psalm 11:3

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?

Life ChangeAndy Griffith is one of my favorite all-time shows. I grew up watching Andy – Opie – Barney and Aunt Bea. Times were good and even the unchurched were fairly moral and had values in Mayberry. This show took place during the 50’s & 60’s just a few states south of us.

I wish that the troubles Opie had would be the troubles our youth would get into today. Unfortunately – our youth – and our society as a whole – are far beyond the sins of Mayberry. Our communities used to resemble Mayberry’s morals and values. I can remember growing up near here. As a matter of fact – I can remember watching Mayberry as a child – and thinking our community was like it. How did we get to the place we are today? How have we become so corrupt and sinful?

A 1994 survey conducted (I know – 25 years ago) by Josh McDowell’s ministry team showed some startling results. The study showed that among churched youth from 11-18 – 66% lied to a parent – teacher – or another adult in the previous 3 months. Continuing – 59% lied to one of their peers – 36% cheated on an exam – and 23% intentionally tried to hurt someone. I was blown away when I first read that survey in 1994 and I only imagine it has gotten worse.  Additionally – the survey showed that – 55% have engaged in sexual behavior by age 18 – 50% say they are stressed out – and 55% say they are confused. Remember – these were the churched youth! And 25 years ago!

Something fundamentally wrong has happened in our culture that is shaking the very foundation of our society – especially our youth. The ground work isn’t being laid properly – the foundations aren’t sound. And the walls are being raised out of plum. The crash will be great if we don’t correct the problem. We’re building our lives on the sand instead of the rock. We all remember what the Word says concerning this – don’t we?

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. Matthew 7:26-27

Our society is moving away from absolutes. Things that even our society wouldn’t have thought of years ago are commonplace today. We were once one nation under God but have almost become just another nation in the world. Traditional Biblical truths are being eroded and watered down. The Judeo-Christian values most of us were raised with are being undermined.

Most of our youth lack the most basic moral perspectives that previous generations took for granted. If it feels good – do it is the philosophy of the day. And the me generation follows it to a tee.

What about the church? Absolutes are being abandoned here too. Psalm 11:3 says; When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The church is moving away from absolutes, absolutes of the faith. Denominations are voting on issues these days that should never even come into question. Biblical truths that should never have been questioned are being brought into question by a sinful segment of the church. Biblical principles are being cast aside.

We have failed to listen to the wisdom God placed in His Word. As Colossians 2:6-8 puts it; So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

Our foundation must be the absolutes found in God’s Word. Truth doesn’t change or take a holiday. Situational ethics do not work. We cannot decide on the fly what to believe. We must have a basic – absolute truth – that can and has stood the test of time.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

P.S. – Each day in 2019 – as we approach February 23rd and the Special General Conference of the UMC – spend 5 minutes praying for the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of the delegates. Thanks.

P.S.S. – I wrote the bulk of this post 25 years ago and again 12 years ago – and sadly – it still remains the ugly truth of where we find ourselves today. Please join with me in prayer!

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