14 September 2012

A Lesson from History

The moment we mention history there is a groan from many people who believe there is nothing profitable we can learn from the past, but it is true that history many times repeats itself. Those who fail to read the minutes from the previous meeting are doomed to repeat it. It is the wise man who learns from other people’s mistakes.

Since life is a journey it is obvious that we are going somewhere, and I personally don’t want to end up in the same place I see some other people going. Let’s take a look at one of the greatest of all societies, The Roman Empire. There is no doubt about it, The Roman Empire was one of the greatest of all civilizations and it was constructed two thousand years ago. The coliseums they built, their works of art and their roads still exist to this day. They developed a method for making clay tile which is still being used today. Some of their tile made 2,000 years ago is in good condition. They built an empire which lasted almost 500 years. What went wrong and why did it collapse?

The collapse came from within. The moral standards of the people continued to slide until it was easy for barbarians to attack and destroy them. First, the people became financially in debt. It is estimated that one out of every two people was a slave. It was economic slavery. To get an education meant you had to go in debt, and work as a slave to whomever loaned you the money for the education. Most doctors were slaves. (Does any of this sound familiar?)

Secondly, life no longer was considered sacred. They didn’t practice abortion, they practiced abandonment. When a baby was born they would present him to its father. The father would either say, “Take him to his mother”, or he would say, “Abandon him.” If he said, “Abandon him,” they would take the baby to a garbage heap to die. Of course, there were people who collected these babies left to die and many of them ended up in some type of slavery. (Do you see any similarities?)

Thirdly, homosexuality was rampant. It was practiced everywhere from the Caesar’s to the slaves. To them, homosexuality had become a normal lifestyle. (Does this sound like America?)

As a nation we are following the footsteps of ancient Rome and I predict that though we have been the greatest nation on earth, without a spiritual awakening we will experience the same downfall that the Roman’s experienced.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) Without a spiritual renewal there is no way we can survive as a nation. We will simply repeat the past examples we chose to ignore.