Five reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire.
Edward Gibbon studied everything he could about Roman Society as the Empire collapsed. After 20 years of research he wrote a book in 1787 and listed the top five reasons for the collapse of the great nation.
•First: Rapid increase of divorce, with the undermining of the sanctity of the home, which is the basis of society.
•Second: Higher and higher taxes; the spending of money for bread and celebrations.
•Third: The mad craze for pleasure, sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
•Fourth: The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy was within; the decadence of the people.
•Fifth: The decay of religion; faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life, and becoming impotent to guide it.
How similar does America look today to Rome just before it collapsed?
Has America turned its back on traditional marriages?
Have we been paying more in taxes than any generation before us?
Have we been paying millions of dollars to men who play games as a sport?
Have we been seeking pleasure every night of the week and twice on weekends?
Have we built the largest military force on the planet to defend us from other nations?
Have we scoffed at and mocked those who practice religion?
How can we turn America back from the brink of destruction?
I believe that if we focus our efforts on reason number 5 the rest will fall into place.
When people lose their faith in God then nothing else in life has lasting meaningful value.
Why stay married when there is no value in it?
Why not tax people more to supply them with more pleasures to fill the void which God used to fill?
Why not point to the other nations on earth as the threat to our way of life and build bigger armies to eliminate those threats?
So what then is the answer? How do we turn the people’s hearts back towards God?
The answer is not us. We cannot do what God alone must do.
Our part is to turn our eyes upon the Lord and ask him to do the work.
We should make ourselves available to God as we say “Here I am Lord. Use me. Send me out with your message in my mouth”.
As we lift up Jesus, God will draw all men unto himself.
Perhaps it is God’s will to allow America to crash and burn.
What is our part if that is God’s will?
Then we should humble ourselves and lift up Jesus in our own lives and point to him as the way, the truth and the life.
Acknowledge that God is right when he says “There is no one who does what is right. No. not one”.
God has a plan for each of our lives and God will still use us to draw all men unto himself as we act upon our faith in Jesus.
We should serve as warning beacons telling America what road it is on and what the end of that road shall bring.
We should be salt and light as we flavor people’s lives with love and light up the darkness by exposing the evils they are doing according to the truth of God’s word.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25)
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Pro 14:34)
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psa 33:12)
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” (Gal 6:7)