Summary: What can we do about folks who are shooting arrows at the foundations of our faith?
Pastor Tom Doubt
Four Mile Creek Baptist Church
June 15, 2003
A. An old favorite hymn, How Firm A Foundation, has a 4th verse that goes like this: “The soul that hath leaned on Jesus for repose, I will not, I will not desert to His foes; That soul, through all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.
B. Brenda Nichol, a teacher’s aide in Glen Campbell, PA knows the meaning of not forsaking the Lord [SBC Life, June/July 2003]. She was suspended for one year, without pay, for wearing a necklace with a cross. The PA Public School code prohibits employees from wearing religious accessories. She had been told back on 1997 not to wear the cross, and could be fired for a 2nd offense. Though her foundations are being destroyed, she will not forsake her demonstration of faith.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 11:1-7
A. One may ask what David meant by the foundations being destroyed.
1. It is unlikely he meant the physical foundations of the universe. In the beginning the Lord laid the foundations of the earth; the heavens were the work of His hands (Hebrews 1:10).
2. Nor would David have intended the foundation of faith. Nor one lays any foundation other than by Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 3:11).
3. David was referring to the civil foundations, those that are under the control of humans. The present age is evil (Gal. 1:4), and the gods of this age blind the unbeliever (2 Cor. 4:4).
4. Each day we tread on all 3 foundations. God created humans as part of the physical foundation; through the foundation of faith He ordained institutions like marriage and parenthood. The civil foundations have modified the covenant of marriage and blurred the focus of holidays like Father’s Day.
B. A holiday like Father’s Day began as a well-meaning celebration.
1. Mrs. John Dodd of Spokane, WA began an annual observance of her father on June 10, 1919. She remembered how her father raised all the children following her mother’s death. By 1922 Father’s Day was a national holiday observed on the 3rd Sunday in June. Fatherhood is today on shaky ground.
2. Illustration: The kids had talked Mom into getting a hamster [Positive Living, Sept/Oct 1995, p 39]. They promised to take care of their pet, whom the named “Danny.” Within two months, though, Mom was taking care of Danny. One day Mom decided enough was enough; Danny would be given to a new owner. She called the kids together to tell them. One child said, “I’ll miss him. He’s been around here a long time.” The other child remarked, “Maybe he could stay if he ate less and wasn’t so messy.” Mom was firm, “It is time to take Danny to a new home.” “Danny?” the kids wailed, “We thought you said Daddy.”
3. The hard reality of our civil foundations being destroyed is no laughing matter. One third of all marriages end in divorce; 35% of all children now live apart from their biological father. Prayer is banned in school. You could be in violation of speech codes in places like Shippensburg University of PA for witnessing about Jesus if someone felt your words were inflammatory.