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SHAKY FOUNDATIONS

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3 ESV)

Samuel A CainSound moral character and right living are built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and His righteousness. Without faith, the ungodly are undone. They have no God to comfort them; no God to trust in; no God to forgive them; no absolute truth to rely on; no eternal moral standard, and no hope for heaven. Every man simply does as he pleases and finds no pleasure in the end. (Judges 21:25)

The foundation of morality begins with the character of God. God has created us as moral beings who are to live in relationship with Him. This requires us to exhibit the moral character found in Jesus Christ. A moral Christian character is the consequence of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the true believer will manifest Jesus in his actions. A strong character is proven by a diligent devotion to the moral values advocated.

“Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17 ESV)

However, we are now seeing the de-Christianization of the West and particularly the United States where many are interpreting the First Amendment to the Constitution to include “freedom from religion”; thus convoluting original intent and attempting to separate Christianity from all public life. They consciously desire to promote moral standards outside of any religious framework. Their failure is clear to all.

Leo Tolstoy wrote:

“The attempts to found a morality apart from religion are like the attempts of children who, wishing to transplant a flower that pleases them, pluck it from the roots that seem to them unpleasing and superfluous, and stick it rootless into the ground. Without religion there can be no real, sincere morality, just as without roots there can be no real flower.”

Moral absolutes exist only by the absolute decree of a moral God. Secularists have no firm basis for morality because they reject the Sovereign Law-Giver and concede morals to the realm of “relativism”. (The belief that ethical truths depend on the opinions of each person.) In Christianity, people are held accountable for their actions. According to Jesus, “I tell you, on the Day of Judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37 ESV)

“The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.” (Psalm 119:160 ESV)

Morality, for the Christian is grounded in the eternal truths of the Scriptures. When confronted with questions about right or wrong, good or bad, the Christian turns to the Bible for answers. This is because the Christian considers God to be the supreme foundation of morality. If we abide in God’s Word, we should mirror His character. The external proof of our faith is to bring the light of the knowledge of God to men and by our actions display His glory. God is the only unshakeable foundation for human morality.

“Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:4 ESV)

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