I have been watching very intently lately as a house in Lewisville was prepared to be moved from one part of town to another. The house is very old, supposedly one of the first built in the area, back in the 1800s. For months “concerned citizens” of Lewisville lobbied to have this house declared an historical location, so that it could be preserved after the property was sold. After much marketing and after raising thousands of dollars, these concerned citizens saw their dream become a reality. I wonder how many people in Lewisville were actually involved in the petition. I wonder how many people in Lewisville cared. Very few who populated my store seemed to even notice what was going on. A small minority, it seems, managed to move a house.
On Christmas Eve a large semi truck began preparations to move the house. This seemed to be a process in and of itself. As I drove by day after day, I noticed bigger piles of dirt around the house every day. The foundation of the house was being dug up, so that the house was standing in the end supported only by the braces attached to the semi. The house was then standing about 2 feet off the ground in some spots, still resting on the ground in others. Yet they kept digging. Before they moved the house, they had dug the foundation 4 or 5 feet from under the house. The foundation was completely removed and temporarily supported on the truck, and then it was moved. A new foundation had already been prepared across the street, where the house would be moved. Very slowly, the house was moved from the old location to the new location, and the new foundation was carefully built back up around the house.
This makes me think of America. As Christians, we are familiar with this illustration, but there is definitely a point here. Of course, we understand that America was originally built on a Christian foundation…to an extent. It was at least built on a conservative, God-acknowledging foundation. Now, America is turning as liberal as the nations around it. With almost surgical care, the foundation of America has been removed and America has been carefully moved to another location. Even this most recent election evidences this move. In fact, the election and its implications could arguably be part of the moving of the nation to a different foundation. Time will tell. The point is, we don’t stand where we once did. What will we do about it? What is the role of Fundamental Christianity in this shifting time? What will we do to reverse this? What can we do to reverse this? How can Fundamental Christianity maintain the old foundation when the building is gone? Does anyone care?