The Foundation Matters

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 0 comments

by Jason DeZurik

Many years ago, we heard the phrase: “A fundamental transformation of the United States of America.” I think it is safe to say that many, if not most of us, really didn’t know what this phrase really meant at the time. Some people were willing to call it out for what they saw as a direct attack on our foundational beliefs laid near the beginning of our nation’s founding. They were ridiculed for being “close minded” or even accused as being “hateful” or “racist” to those wanting this fundamental, transformational change. Now we see the result of this attempted “fundamental transformation” of our nation and even of the Christian faith.

Many who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and His teachings have taken to supporting things which are blatantly against a clear reading of Scripture in order for this fundamental transformation to take place, which is nothing more than a guise of “love.” Like it or not, this is not really love but instead a way to please fleshly desires. We are not only seeing this fundamental transformation in the public square now, but we see it in our churches across the nation too. I think it is finally time for all of us just to be honest with one another and let the chips fall where they may.

When Worldview Warriors started as a ministry, social media was still a very new thing, and the majority of society was still figuring out how it all worked. People’s thoughts were now becoming public not only to their friends but for all the world to see, including strangers that may have had a very different foundation for their beliefs in life. At the time, most of us were unaware of this though. In fact, I think it is very safe to say that many are still unaware of this fact, even though they experience this on a daily basis. This is why I am starting this year long series called The Foundation Matters.

It seems that many people want change for change’s sake these days. But something a lot of people who think like that don’t seem to realize is that if you get rid of something, something else is going to take its place, even if you don’t like it.

So, be careful what you wish for. Unfortunately, we see people wanting to come up with “new and fresh” ideas that really aren’t that new and fresh at all. Many times, they’re just recycled thought put into a different, more “palatable,” package in order make us think it is something new. But it is not, because there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 warns us of this: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (For more on that, check out Katie Erickson’s blog post here.)

Isn’t it high time to admit that this “fundamental transformation of the United States” is really about getting rid of the Biblically-based foundation and principles set forth by the founding fathers of this nation? I hope you will join me this year as we take a look at things many of the founders shared or wrote about in both public documents and private writings, what they spoke regarding the founding of our nation, and many of their personal beliefs. You will see that our state and federal governments have written things in public documents, too, that are really eye opening. You may be quite shocked though as to how Biblically based much of our founding documents and principles are based on, as well as seeing how many of our founders’ own private communications are Biblical too.

Here is something to begin considering, from the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court:
"Providence has been given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers." - first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay

I have been challenged by some well-meaning Christians as to the purpose of this exercise. Many have told me personally that if the end of the world is coming anyway, why waste time sharing this with others? Well, I think the answer to that question is a very easy one. Jesus’ disciples were waiting for Him to return in their lifetime. And let’s not forget in the 1930s, many people believed that World War II and the time before it was the end times. They believed Jesus was coming back very, very shortly and we needed to prepare for Christ’s return. As we all know, Jesus has not had His second coming yet and only the Father knows when Jesus is returning. We see in Mark 13:32: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Did you see it? Only the Father knows. Not even the angels know, and even Christ doesn’t know. Not you nor I know.

With that said, perhaps it is the end times right now, or perhaps it is not. I believe that we are to live in this world as if Christ’s second coming is far off but to be prepared as if He is returning today, this very moment. I think Scripture is quite clear on this matter. In 1 John 5:1-5 we see how we are to live in this world. It states, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

One last thing to get us started in the series is a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville: "The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other."

I look forward to you joining me on this journey this year.

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