What Are The Righteous To Do If The Foundations Are Destroyed?

I have cited this passage of scripture many times:

Isaiah 5:20-21

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!

Looking back, I suppose I have never really explained what this means – at least, what it means to me.  Let me use a story to illustrate what this passage means to me:

MSNBC Contributor: Being Against Abortion Past 20 Weeks Isn’t ‘Pro-Life’ — It’s ‘Forced Birth’ and ‘Bizarre’

After discussing comments from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) — Reid saying she is “frightened” that the representative is an OB/GYN that treats women — Reid said:

“It’s so disconnected from the political reality that Republicans face.  Republicans face a tremendous deficit with women voters, and so they keep putting on this spectacle over and over and over again…

“They’re obsessed with this idea of making women — this isn’t pro-life; this is forced birth.  They are obsessed with this notion of shaming, compelling, coercing, whatever they have to do to make women give birth.

“It’s bizarre, but it is what they are about.  Most of the legislation that these members of the House of Representatives — mostly all men — have put forward have been about abortion.” [Emphasis added]

Now, let me first say that I recognize there are many sides to this issue, but I want to focus on the language and reasoning.  Reid provides us with an excellent example of how people convince themselves that their twisting of logic is “intelligence,” and how they then use it to turn reality on its head.  What many in our society no longer understand is that intelligence is of little account without the understanding that comes from wisdom.  Without wisdom, intelligence is little more than a blunt tool.  In the hands of a foolish person, their pride and arrogance too easily convinces them that the blunt tool they hold magically transforms them into a master craftsman.  It doesn’t: it just illuminates their foolishness to those who actually do understand.

Let me drive the point home a bit.  Look at the definition of abortion:

Definition of ABORTION

1: the termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus: as

a : spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation — compare miscarriage

b : induced expulsion of a human fetus

c : expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy — compare contagious abortion

2: monstrosity

3: arrest of development (as of a part or process) resulting in imperfection; also : a result of such arrest

Notice how the very word implies the ending of a natural process.  In the case of pregnancy, the natural assumption is that a child will be born unless something stops it.  So, to argue that “pro-choice” means the forcing of something that would naturally happen without intervention is to turn the meaning of the words we use on their heads.  What’s more, this cannot be argued.  This is all based on definition which, according to the rules of basic logic, means this is objective fact.  When we start trying to “spin” or twist our understanding of the words to alter our recognition of this fact destroys the foundation of language and  places us firmly in the condemnation of Isaiah 5:20-21.

Now, let me connect this to the law.  If we do this same thing to the law – spin and twist it to suit our agenda rather than the original intention of the law – we destroy the foundations of the law as surely as twisting definitions destroys the foundation of language.  And, if the foundations of the law are destroyed, what are the law-abiding supposed to do?

Psalm 11:3

The Lord a Refuge and Defense. 

3: If the foundations are destroyed,

What can the righteous do?”

[I can only hope that you can see how this is connected to our cultural attitude toward truth, to morality, to our language, our law and to tyranny.  Look to history.  You will find that this is the pattern and it repeats over and over again: as a culture becomes corrupt, it collapses into anarchy or tyranny.  Turning our language, laws, and heritage/customs/traditions on their head is anarchy.  If we do not correct it, it will open the door to tyranny.]

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15 thoughts on “What Are The Righteous To Do If The Foundations Are Destroyed?

      • So it was a trick question? You said they were destroyed.

        Not even the Second Temple was build on the exact same foundations as the first.

        Eternal principles and God’s law seem like bricks to me, they are what a foundation is built with… We each build our own with the same bricks but we sometimes lay them in a different order.

        Eternal is good, though.

        • You know what Scripture meant :-)

          If the foundations upon which a society is built are destroyed, yes, you need new ones (schools, the press, system of govt., etc). But the news social institutions which support a society must still be laid on the eternal principles to which they must point if that society is to be free and self-governing.

          Is that better? lol

          Now, tell me, how am I going to avoid sounding “uppity and like I am lecturing” if you keep making me spell out the things I know you already know? :-)

  1. A combination of Texas and Utah…

    Uncover the Original Foundations and Start building a NEW education system to make them known and pass them on to the Youth.

    • Don,

      THERE is one of the solutions people want that we CAN make happen. Start building an alternate education system that is independent of government control. Use the internet.

      If business refuses to acknowledge the diplomas, then start building a secondary economy that excludes the government partners in big business.

      Over time, the government cronies will either have to switch side, import their labor force or succumb to the forces of a second and third rate labor force.

      • Joe, Been screaming for something like this for years (may have mentioned it here, once or twice) Since the Dept. of Education our schools have been in a death spiral. Yours is one of the best ideas I’ve heard. But we need to hurry, soon Home school will be outlawed, and if you heard about Obama’s speech in Ireland, they are laying the groundwork to declare religious private schools as divisive. Outlawing them puts Dewey’s plans in full swing.
        The outrageous thing is that Russia recognized his system for the Sh&* it was and threw him out along with his education plan.
        Unfortunately we didn’t.

        • Ralph,

          Well, he doesn’t talk about it much — probably because he is having a harder time making this one happen than most his other projects — but Beck is already working on exactly such a program. Like I keep telling people, I have few original ideas, just a knack for finding them and putting them all together so I can see the bigger picture a bit more clearly than most.

  2. I am drawn to Proverbs and Ecclesiastes more and more. (must be a sign of old age-wasn’t Solomon an old man when he put pen to papyrus) at any rate I am reminded often of Proverbs 30:11-14
    11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
    12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
    13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
    14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

    • Ralph,

      Excellent choice in Scripture. Now we need to mind the lesson of what has to happen before society can be healed: that wicked generation must first be destroyed.

      • “If My people , who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
        I have a 40 day prayer guide for our nation titled”If My People…”. It is dogeared and near worn out, but I’m on my 4th turn through it. The guide is Published by Thomas Nelson.
        It ‘s not just scripture, but journal entries from Washington, Jefferson, A speech by Reagan and J.F.K. etc.

  3. “start building a secondary economy that excludes the government partners in big business.”

    I just saw the movie, never read the book. Isn’t that what the Rio Norte Line was intended to do?

    • Justin,

      Well, close, not quite. The RNL was an “in your face” to the entire system, but it wasn’t trying to destroy the system, but save it in spite of itself..

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