December 31, 2011
We will address the part that the Christian Church has played into the decline of the American Empire at the end of this article. At this point, having established that America is indeed an Empire, we need to address the decline of its various components.
While we cannot pinpoint a specific time, or a particular event which has started the decline, it is safe to say that it has rather been a combination of factors which have been allowed to go uncorrected and to fester until, as in a terminal cancer, they have became incurable.
In light of recent and not-so-recent events, anybody looking with a critical eye the state of the USA, would, without any doubt, agree that things are falling apart, step by step, and day by day, despite all the “cures” politicians are trying to apply, and, if at all possible, they are speeding up the process.
America is, and has been from its inception, a democracy, which has guaranteed to its citizens the widest freedoms possible, and has exported its system worldwide, sometimes even forcing it upon unprepared nations. Democracy is not the most perfect way to govern a people, but it’s the best form that man has found so far as compared to other systems. In order for democracy to work at its best, it needs mature and responsible. Moreover, democracy, being a human process, is subject to human frailties and inconsistencies such as petty (and not-so-petty) interests and manipulations.
Unfortunately, as it happened in Rome, comfort and arrogance have bred the ego and inverted the citizens’ response to society so that what is good for me, my family, my company, my own interests has become the new “raison d’être” at the expense of the more comprehensive and unselfish whole. At one time, the saying was: “what is good for my country is good for me.” Today the saying has been diametrically reversed. Basically this is what has happened. Greed, the love of money, at the end wins the day, and the following are the bitter fruits America is gathering:
Military: after the victories of World War 2, the USA has embroiled itself in un winnable wars and kept at bay by various rag-a-tag groups of militants, who rightly or wrongly believe that America is their enemy. Despite its drones, robots, sophisticated telemetry, satellites and sci-fi weapons the USA are losing the “war” of hearts and minds, and on the battlefield. No need to make a list, as recent history speaks volumes. Certainly it shocks to find out that the most awesome army in the history of mankind, is literally walking on thin ice. And I am not even commenting on the recent resolution concerning both homosexuals and lesbians to serve openly in the Armed Forces archiving the more discrete “don’t ask don’t tell” policy.
Economy: the decline of the almighty dollar is another undeniable fact. The US debt is beyond reasonable and all this point to the fact that is citizens have been living beyond their means. Way beyond. And at the end of the meal, the bill is presented. In all this economic disaster, we also have seen those who have taken advantage of the system, namely, bankers, financiers and their pet companies. Funny how the government races with extraordinary force to bail out banks, credit institutes, and pet companies, while letting all the rest (read little people, and little companies) go fend for themselves. To imagine that an ex-communist like Putin calls the USA the “parasite of world economy” is a sure sign of how low the USA has fallen down.
“They are living beyond their means and shifting a part of the weight of their problems to the world economy,” Putin told the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi while touring its lakeside summer camp some five hours drive north of Moscow. “They are living like parasites off the global economy and their monopoly of the dollar,” Putin said at the open-air meeting with admiring young Russians. REUTERS
Sociality: Americans have become discontent (and greedy) against each other, witness the vertical increase in the number of people suing each other for the most banal cause. There is no comparison anywhere in the world.
Americans have become immoral and without shame. The word shame, it seems, does not exist any longer in their vocabulary. Everybody is now PROUD to be whatever they are, without making the least effort to discern if their state is truly right or if their “freedom” edifies the nation rather than their ego.
The last decades have given life to several “freedom” movements which, via Hollywood, have been exported worldwide. The result is an enslaved population, primed, like a Pavlov dog, to respond to imposed stimuli. And to keep everybody happy and at bay, they have invented “Political Correctness” so that today, any one has to
Americans have become a soft belly people (literally). I am ever amazed when I visit North America how many morbidly obese men, women and young people I see. They stuff themselves continually with food, both fast and junky. I don’t know how the USA medical care will fare, since such persons sooner or later will become sick with a host of diseases. I have nothing against obese people, but to get to a point when you can’t even move your body around, this is ridiculous. But they can’t stop, I thinks they are addicted to food just like one can become addicted to heroin. Must be those “secret ingredients” manufacturers put on their food and drinks. The result of all this is that Americans at large, have become apathetic to things which are not directly concerned with their person and/or their immediate surroundings.
Spirituality: to jaded eyes, America has a high religious/spiritual backbone, but when we get into details we find that both of those words hardly depict what they imply. Having spent the last decades fighting Christianity, and placing Jesus out of the classrooms, out of government buildings, out of public events etc., America today is a melting pot of old and new “religions” and rites which have replaced sound Biblical doctrine with the weirdest theological assumptions.
But why this has happened?
The answer is simple: the Christian Church has not delivered on its promise and it has failed in its work. Maybe, in the scheme of things, it was inevitable, but the failing of the Church has allowed the spread of all these “religious” practices.
Let me count the failures:
1) The love of money more than of God by pastors and evangelists, which has created scandal after scandal and such a stench of bad witness with the unbelievers. The internet is ripe with tele-evangelists who peddle their books, videos, and “sacred” relics to whomever will send them $$$. Their lure is as despicable as to what they offer. They have God in their mouths but not in their hearts:
(2Tim 3:5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2) The love of success, more than the love of God. Christian ministers forget all too easily that they are servants, and useless at that. Instead they lift themselves high and with not too much veiled pride they lead luxurious lifestyle worthy of any Hollywood stars. I am not implying that ministers of the Gospel should live in poverty, but soberly and in good taste, without splurging and showing off, as the almost totality of tele-evangelists rather do. The unbelievers watch and judge:
(Jas 5:5) You have lived indulgently and luxuriously on the earth. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
3) the love of their ego more than the love of God. In the last decades we have been flooded with teachers who, instead of preaching the sound doctrine as indicated in the Word, have moved out into unfathomed territory, espousing the most damnable heresies that a perverted mind could conceive, all this in the name of a “superior” revelation or interpretation which has been “trusted” to them. These new “doctrines” have destabilized an already biblical illiterate flock and have launched the basis of the Great Apostasy, which is upon us.
(2Tim 4:3-4) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
4) Believing more in their personal ability than in the power of God. It seems that any major and minor pastor has “a plan” that drives their life and occupies their time. Granted, some of these plans are legit, while some, for their presumptuous purpose, are an offence to God and His Word. And in this field I also place Christians who enter politics to do “the work of God.” I resent strongly those who use Christianity for their political ambitions. The word is: “well, if we Christians don’t go to power, we are going to leave all that lawmaking to unrighteous unbelievers.” These would-be politicians willingly forget that God can rule the heart of the most tyrannical leader, IF CHRISTIANS BOW DOWN AND PRAY.
Since prayer is a lost or at best a discounted practice, it follows that it is easier to do things ourselves, giving lip service to God while feeding our ego with delusions of grandeur.
(2Chr 7:14) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
It is also a disgrace and an aberrant custom that, in time of elections, professional politicians are admitted in churches, on sunday services to prime the flock. Those churches who do this, and those pastors who allow this should be eminently ashamed of themselves and they will have to answer God for this outrage. The pulpit should be used only to preach the Word of God, not the vanities of men.
(Mark 12:17) Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were utterly amazed at him.
And what of the sex scandals, and the plague of divorces in the Church, which includes top name pastors? I I could easily continue on these strange “ways” into which the Church is threading at present, but I think that most other issues depend from these listed above.
The world is reveling in big entertainment, be it movies, musical shows, sport events, or just about anything, as long as it is big, possibly in 3D and ETX Enhanced and all artfully made to stupefy and to leave the spectator comfortably numb. Who cares about rising unemployment, financial crises, or from where the next $ or € is coming from, We’ve got 3D at home!
Nevertheless, it all seems very well piloted (and it is ), and people are just like sheep taken to the slaughter which will arrive, in due time. The Titanic is going down and the band plays cheerfully.
And the Church is blissfully joining the hoopla, copycatting the ways of the world. It appears that for anything the world has to offer, the Church comes up with a “christian” alternative. How sad that we have to copy the world, as if the Holy Spirit is not able to creatively inspire the hearts of christians, and while conveniently forgetting that God hates the ways of the world:
(Jas 4:4) Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Bread and Circuses were given to the Romans with the purpose of pacifying and manipulating a restless populace until the end came and took them all away. As the saying goes, “those who ignore history, are bound to repeat it,” and today it seems we are having a Bread and Circuses replay, but only apparently so. This time, the powers-that-be have been planning things well, and they will succeed in their plans. For a little while, of course, say 7 years, give and take a few days.