Maybe I’m an alarmist, but it seems that the daily news is increasingly negative…European debt crisis, stock market volatility, U.S. unemployment, Wall Street protests, corporate malfeasance, government fraud and waste and on and on.
I can’t help but consider that despite our pride in the prosperity and greatness of America, we lack a greater historical context and perhaps America is no greater than say Greece or Rome. Yes, really…sift through the rubble of history’s great civilizations and it becomes apparent that all have expedited their own rapid demise with one shared fatal characteristic…the widespread cultural rejection of God’s natural law.
You see, as a society abandons God, the progressive moral decay inevitably infects all aspects of private, political and economic life, undermining the foundations of liberty which made them great. Each generation is increasingly enslaved by its passion for greater comfort, prosperity and security, and in exchange for such perceived benefits, man willingly cedes its liberty to the “leadership” of other men, be it a king, priest or diplomat. But alas, a government of men, in a culture lacking the restraint of God’s natural law, is bound to oppress its subjects…and down the road to tyranny we march!
The United States of America may have instituted the greatest government history has ever known, but this Republic shares the same fundamental flaw of human sovereignty and in great contrast to the spirit which conceived this nation, America has progressively abandoned virtue and liberty. The consequences are no longer the stuff of academic theory…they are real and are tearing at the fabric of our society. Commentator H.L. Mencken once noted the demise of this great Republic when he observed that,
“Democracy is a form of religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses.”
This is not to say that all hope is lost, but it certainly is time to consider whether this once-great country is certain to become just another chapter in history alongside the Persians, Chinese, Egyptians, Aztecs, Greeks, and Romans. Or maybe…just maybe…we jackasses can turn out the jackals and turn back to Jesus?