In his books describing the decline of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon cited 5 factors contributing to it's fall.
1. Deterioration of the traditional home, as evidenced by escalating rates of divorce. So it is with America. Not only do 50% of first marriages in America fail, millions have been married at least 3 times. Moreover tens of millions eschew marriage, preferring to livetogether in fornication.
2. Escalating taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace. Although Christians should pay their taxes (Rom. 13:6-7), it is tragic that billions of our tax dollars subsidize abortions, the promotion of homosexuality and same-sex marriage, grants for artistic (pornographic) media expression, and scores of dubious “causes”.
3. The mad craze for erotic pleasures, and sports becoming increasingly brutal. It is no secret that millions of Americans routinelywatch pornographic videos, patronize institutions featuring sexual entertainment, consume alcoholic beverages, use illicit drugs or gamble.Moreover, tens of millions are hooked on savage cage fighting, with few rules and frequent bloodshed.
4. The building of gigantic armaments to protect from enemies without, while the real enemy was the decadence of the masses within. Sadly, America currently spends more money DAILY on weapons and ammunition than it's YEARLY expenditures on programs to support traditional families and Christian liberties. A world leader once predicted that America will eventually fall without a single shot being fired from an outside enemy. He may be right.
5. The decay of religion—faith fading into tradition and form, becoming impotent to warn and guide the people. Paul spoke of the “last days”, in which people will possess a form of godliness but deny its power - 2 Tim. 3:4-5. Many prominent religious groups have evolved into “social clubs” promoting entertainment and fun, as opposed to serious study and application of God’s word.
America is rapidly forgetting about God. Some of our leaders even want to remove “In God We Trust” from our currency. As Christians, we must tirelessly pray for our country, our leaders and our homes - 1 Tim. 2:1-2.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
Jesus, always Jesus!