Foundational Reality

St_Francis_Dam_cropThe recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa Valley, just north of the San Francisco Bay area, has reminded Californians that we live in a precarious state, where certain sections are prone to temblors and tremors, as well as devastating droughts.

The great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 still holds the record in our state for the most lives lost in one disaster, but close behind is the aftermath of the collapse of the St. Francis Dam in 1928. This Southern California area, night-time calamity, nearly ninety years ago, swept some 600 slumbering people to their deaths, when a 700-foot-wide earthen dam collapsed—pouring 38,000 acre feet of water into the Santa Clarita river bed, flooding all the way to the sea, near Ventura.

Engineering investigations sited several causes for this calamity, but the chief among them was a “defective foundation.” This engineering problem points to a reality with broader implication for our society and personal lives: If our moral foundation is cracked, it will inevitably lead to a catastrophe.

 

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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