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The Shepherd's Heart: If the foundations be destroyed

Thursday, October 16, 2008

In his book "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," William Shirer offers much insight into the nation that was Nazi Germany.

Therein we find that Germany was a highly educated, industrialized, and civilized European nation. So how, some have asked, did the nation sink so far into what we saw under Hitler's reign?

It has been said that "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to remain silent."

It appears to me that we are seeing the same kind of voluntary ignorance to what is happening in our own country that the world fell into while the Third Reich was ascending to power. We are experiencing something far different from what happened back then. We are experiencing the deterioration of the very foundations our nation was built upon.

Over one thousand years ago Israel's King David uttered the word's "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

In this case, I think we need to start with prayer. People of God know they have an ever open door to the throne room of their heavenly Father. Yet we forget to go there, or simply choose to ignore the power of prayer.

But the Bible says that the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man can accomplish a lot of good. Not that any is righteous in themselves. But we are made righteous by the blood of Christ.

We must also acknowledge that there is absolute truth.

We have seen a move in our nation toward there being no absolutes. We have seen a new morality -- called "situational ethics" -- take the forefront in modern teaching. This philosophy echoes the words of scriptures where we read that "everyone did what was right in his own eyes." In espousing this philosophy, we have truly failed the generations that follow.

Another problem I see is that we become a very euphemistic society. A layoff is now considered a "career change opportunity." School bus drivers are "certified adolescent transportation specialists." Soldiers are no longer outnumbered -- they are instead "a target rich environment." Fornication is "an affair." Alcohol abuse is "a disease." Lying is just "disinformation." And, sadly, sin is now nothing more than a "slip" or "mistake."

What this indicates is that we are unwilling to be honest and straightforward, even in the words we use.

In addition, we have become a society of people who refuse to take responsibility for our actions.

Several years ago, a man walked into a city hall on the west coast and murdered the mayor and another man, and then blamed his actions on a steady diet of junk food.

We must acknowledge take responsibility for our actions. We must stop softening the terminology of life by using so many euphemisms. We must call sin out when we see it. We must acknowledge that there is absolute truth.

And these things only hint at the myriad cracks in the foundation.

What, then, shall we do?

BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart