Historian Richard E. Smith, in his book “The Failure of The Roman Republic” wrote, “famiiy priorities began to weaken, loose sexual relations and divorce became common, discipline in the army slackened, women became more influential in high places, foreign religions and mystical cults proliferated in the capital city, government spending ran wild, and public debt soared.” This slippery slope of immorality deepened rapidly and the greatest power on earth slipped into debauchery and chaos under Nero never to recover.
Sound familiar? It should. It is basically the story of the fall of every great nation/state in history and we are on the very same slope. Rome in its day was the model of justice and restrained power. It was the ruler of the known world. And then….
Think it won’t happen to America? “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” Edmund Burke.
It can’t be true that we smug and comfortable Americans don’t know history, we are just too lost and arrogant to believe that it can happen to us. But it is happening, at an ever accelerating rate. Like the proverbial frog in a slowly heated pan we can’t feel the heat as it increases until it boils, and then its too late.
There is only one possibility that could turn the tide. It won’t be found through politics or politicians, economics or education. National repentance and the restoration of God and His ways as our moral base in Christ is the only hope for our nation. Think not? Just watch.
During the reign of Nero, Paul the Apostle wrote:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips,They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.”
God won’t be mocked. But He has made a way for all who will receive it. The way is the why, why we celebrate Christmas. The babe in the manger grew to live and die and live again! He is the answer, and His Kingdom will never end.