More than 200 years ago, 1787, Edward Gibbon wrote a book called Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. For 20 years he studied the Roman empire trying to find out how a nation or an empire could be so great and then suddenly collapse. How could that happen? It's hard not to think of our country when you read the five reasons he came up with.
Five reasons for the fall of the great dynasty.
- 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.
"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)