Foundations of Christian Life
‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. (Mat 7:24-29)
The foundation of the Christian life and doctrine are now clear. This is Jesus’s final summary of asset protection – if we want to be truly rich and secure we need to build our social and commercial affairs and systems on the rock of solid good, and not on the shifting sands of justifiable evils. The rains and winds and streams of competing financial and personal interests erode the sands of procedural safeguards, humane protections and quantum limits until we have so much ‘justifiable’ evil that our morals fall with great crash at the time of trial.
The closing summary shows that Jesus taught with authority his new law: these teachings are obligatory for all society even though the obligations are not enforced.