Our future on this planet appears predictable.
Historians who study world civilizations have concluded that all the ones they’ve studied follow well documented patterns of development. Each civilization they studied progress . . .
- from bondage to spiritual faith,
- from spiritual faith to great courage,
- from courage to liberty,
- from liberty to abundance,
- from abundance to selfishness,
- from selfishness to complacency,
- from complacency to apathy,
- from apathy to dependency,
- and ultimately from dependency back into bondage.1
All the civilizations they’ve studied emploded. They collapsed into ruin from within.
Where do you think America is today?
In my view, we’re at the tail end of #7, apathy, and spiraling at warp speed into #8, dependency.
What I realized when I read about these civilizations is that God watched it all happen. He witnessed the progression from one phase to another. In civilization after civilization He saw mankind systematically and recklessly pull away from the abundant life He offered us. As man has tried to make life easier and better, he has developed a disastrous taste for self-will over God’s will. Man’s ingenuity trumped dependence on God. The result was ultimate ruin and fateful slide back into bondage.
Can we escape bondage again with our ingenuity and will? Can America survive where other civilizations have failed?
History says no. History says the path is irreversible.