How Long, America?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the AthenianRepublic some 2,000 years earlier:
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage”
The United States is now somewhere between the ‘complacency and apathy’ phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the ‘governmental dependency’ phase. As a few million more new voters seeking government welfare join us at the polls, we may live to see the collapse of our nation in several more years.
The ONLY hope for America is found in II Chronicles 7:12-14 The Lord appeared to King Solomon one night and said, “If I shut up Heaven and there be no rain, or if I command the beasts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 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.”
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