Storms uncover what you are built on…. Your foundation
Foundations have to be built a certain way and on certain types of soil. It has to have the right ingredients and in the right amounts to be strong and long standing.
The ideology of a great Nation has to be founded on something solid and its people have to believe in the ideology. A common set of beliefs and theories lived out with a purpose and a destiny.
Over the years, this country has been tested by wars, conflicts and internal strife. Usually when a storm came in the face of a war or conflict, the patriot would arise from inside and differences, dreams and visions were put aside and everyone united would defend our core values in the face of injustice to right a wrong in the form foreign aggression.
“Stop them over there” was a common theme of doctrine to generate public interest and levy support. But ultimately, the fear behind all of this was “stop them over there before they come here and take away our foundation”.
The major purpose of the internal strife historically has been from this same fear, only there is no “over there…”
Are these storms teachable moments for our nation? Perhaps all the nations?
Decline v/s Fall
If you look up the definition today of ideology, you will note that there is a side note stating “archaic” in front of some of the definitions.
Words of our language have been given a new definition to suit each current generation, an act or process of moving or changing the place, position or posture of the thought or meaning. In other words, it no longer fits, its outdated or old fashioned… “archaic”.
Is a foundation ever really out of date? Or let’s ask, have I neglected that foundation and allowed it to decay right under my very presence? Was I so focused on other things that I allowed the foundation to slowly erode away? Or were we “reading between the lines” and picked apart our foundation from within grain by grain while we were still standing on it?
God will encourage a storm just to see if you truly meant it when you said Amen. The storm either causes you to forget and move on or stir a remembrance of your foundation.
Thus; “united we stand, divided we fall”. We tear into and focus on the gray areas and try and fill in the perceived gaps between the lines and allow the basis of the foundation to waiver.
“Knowledge makes arrogant…” I Cor 8:1-3
The Apostle Paul spoke concerning principles about the gray areas of life… “Good grace elevated the welfare of others over my freedom”. Just because I have the knowledge that I am free to do this, it doesn’t mean I should do it just because I am free to do so. What you do affects others.
Your foundation determines your future.
Have we become the very thing that our forefather fled from in the beginning?
Is your foundation God or your own wisdom? Recall to your mind the purpose behind “the last best hope of earth”, our Union.
It is the word of God that will get us through the times and the storms that will come! The true source and foundation to a confident free life. (remember the ingredients and amounts)
This Memorial Day, let’s get back to basics and reflect on what this day actually means beyond the celebration or remembrance of this who died in battles foreign and domestic, and look a little deeper as to the “why“ they died opposing the tyranny of this world and those men bent on pure dominance and self gain with hate in their heart.
"The warrior above all others prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars or wars" (sic) Gen Douglass Macarthur