Thursday, April 8, 2010

Christ Is Our Foundation

America. Doomed From its Inception?

Foundation, foundation, foundation. No, you’re right; those aren’t the three most important things about real estate. However, you can definitely say that the foundation is the most important criteria of any endeavor which you may start. That is, whether you are starting a relationship, raising children, building a house, starting a business, or a fantasy football team, how you start and what you use at the base of your endeavor will dictate how the project will be turning out along the way. It’s just, as anyone who has cut a very large piece of paper with scissors can tell you, when one starts out skewed just the tiniest bit on the trajectory, by the time the cut is at its end, you’re off by a mile.
       Now, as much as we would love to see this country of ours get back to its origin, I think what we really need to do is get back to the basics. We need to get back to what the basic foundation of America was; what made America great in the first place. Let’s take a look at Iraq for second. Some people say that Democracy in Iraq is unattainable because of the Islamic morality system there. I tend to agree. It’s not that the Iraqi people are immoral or amoral. It’s actually the source of their morality that is the problem. It’s the foundation of the country of Iraq that makes it impossible for them to attain a long, self-sustaining, free-market democracy. In the same way, we too have lost the foundation that made our small-government freedom-based country run as well as it did and for as long as it did. Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi, in his teaching lecture, “Must the Sun Set on the West?”, recounts a visit of his to a friend in a European country that was founded on Christian ethics. Coming from a country which he calls morally corrupt that is, India, he was dumbfounded when, during a countryside walk with his friend, the two wandered into a small unmanned dairy. He was quite taken aback when this friend of his offered him some milk and then simply opened up a spigot and filled a couple of containers, leaving a form of payment there, and walked out. You see, this sort of thing would never occur in Vishal’s India. Vishal goes on to explain that, in his society, what would happen if there ever was a dairy unattended like that was, quite simply, that the thieves would steal the milk, the owner would have to hire an attendant, he would then have to raise the milk price to pay the worker, he would also have to water down the milk to increase profit, then he would have to pay off the quality inspector because of the watered-down milk, and therefore, have to raise the price again, and so on and so on. You get the idea, but that is just a small example of what it means to have a solid foundation; or a lack thereof. Christian Apologist, Ravi Zacharias, during a lecture at Wheaton College, made the statement, “Worldviews are the grids; they are the lenses through which we frame all of reality; the paradigm from which everything actually emerges… I think the biggest danger America lives with is the failure to recognize that if the worldview that framed her is abandoned, the worldview that she thinks she is espousing will not be strong enough to withstand the assaults of counter perspectives.”

So, what is America’s origin? A better question perhaps, is, ‘How can we even know or get back to America’s origin?’ Considering, we are so incredibly confused about, specifically, man’s origin.
 Back to the Basics
Evolution. The British philosopher Malcolm Muggeridge once wrote of evolution, “I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it’s been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has.” – Deceit, p. 164, The End of Christendom (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980, sp. 43.)
You don’t have to be a scientist to believe in evolution. You just need to have faith in the popular scientific community. You don’t need to be a scientist to know that evolution is impossible. You just need common sense. When thinking honestly about evolution or more importantly, the beginnings of Man, you may want to ask four important questions. They are: Where did matter come from? Where did time come from? Where did the information contained in DNA come from? Where did light come from? Since we know that nothing physical can be truly infinite, and time, therefore, cannot be infinite, we know that the all of these things did not exist, but now do exist. Additionally, from this we know that these things must have come out of nothing (physical), that is ex nihilo. If not from the physical, then from what? From outside the physical, outside the natural, super-natural. The answers to these questions are quite simply (respectively): It came from A creator; an initiator; A light source; an informant; an uncaused first cause. Yes, the information in your DNA (more complex than any architects blueprint) must have come from an informant, an informer, a source of information. Similarly, light must have a light source, be it the sun or the creator of the sun. Interestingly, the Apostle John states in his Gospel (John 1:1-5), “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4In him was life,a and the life was the light of men.5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” And in Genesis 1:1-4, “1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.” Furthermore the Bible states, “10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (Jn 1:10) and “16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
The foundation of the world; the good foundation stands up through the test of time. We’ve got to get back to our roots. The founding fathers erred when they failed to thoroughly define Christ as our foundation. Throughout history, great nations and times of peace were conceived by Christian reformation. Dark ages were a result of the loss of God’s written word. Now, when it so plentiful, people have forgotten how to read it or even that it is there to read.
With Christ as our foundation we cannot fail. Would God let us fail when we are trying to beautifully reflect His image in our country? I truly believe that Atheists are currently acting out with such veracity because, they are being cornered. Just as an animal. Evolution is definitely on its way out the door so, pick up your brooms and help us sweep it out, so we can make room for Christ which was our intended foundation. That is, for all men personally, locally, and globally.