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For the past two months or so I’ve been driving by the site where the new emergency building is being constructed in Forest City. After all this time the building has not been started, only the foundation. Top soil has been removed from the immediate site, conduit, wires, pipes, etc., have been carefully put in place. Trenches have been dug for footings to support the building and interior walls. The concrete has been poured and the interior has been filled in with filer, soil and sand and compacted for a very stable base. All this time, work and careful measuring goes into the foundation because the building that will rest upon it will only be as solid as its foundation.
Buildings are not the only things that need a foundation, people do also. In fact to walk in the refreshing light of Jesus Christ and be used by our Lord, Christians require a solid and immovable foundation in God’s word. The foundation is what anchors the building so it will withstand strong winds, shifting ground and floods; in other words the storms of life. As followers of Jesus we, too, will experience storms aimed at moving our spiritual house off its foundation, much like a tornado will do. Recall Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders where one built his house on a foundation of sand and one on a foundation of rock. (Matthew 7:24-27)
I’m pleased that we have a solid Christian education department that begins laying a foundation from the very beginning of Sunday school. It is emphasized that the Bible is dependable, reliable and defensible in all it teaches. The “stories” are not simply stories, but recalling historical events recorded with exact accuracy and God-breathed ensuring that it is the divine word, not man’s opinion.
Moving on from the early years of Sunday school one enters confirmation instruction, a two-year program which meets on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening. On Sunday students are taught the basic doctrine through the Ten Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer and sacraments. Before launching into the Ten Commandments they are taught what we refer to as the gospel: Jesus’ passion, man’s sin and the need to receive Christ as their personal savior.
That is the beginning of our foundation but even the catechism needs a foundation and that is found in Genesis 1-11. These eleven chapters support the rest of the Bible and all Christian doctrine and theology. To be weak at one point is to weaken and possibly topple the building. This foundation is important because institutions of higher education and even our public schools will severely challenge this teaching and try to derail their faith.
Living your faith in a hostile world is not easy and often uncomfortable, if not downright painful. We simply need to look at Jesus’ life and that of his disciples expecting nothing less. Yes, there is a resurrection to eternal life, but prior to Easter comes Good Friday.
So as we continue our walk with the Lord we are constantly learning, relearning and applying the basic principles of the Christian foundation. We must never stop learning or think we know enough, we must also share what we learn.