• CH Buddy Winn


What brought on the fall of the Roman Empire? Was it the invasions of the northern tribes: the Huns, the Goths, and the Vandals? Edward Gibbon, author of the classic, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, maintained that these external enemies did not bring on Rome's fall. The reasons Gibbon gives for the fall of the empire were: The rapid increase in divorce, undermining the sanctity and dignity of the home; higher and higher taxes to pay for bread and circuses to gain the support of the masses for a totalitarian government; the mad desire for pleasure that was becoming indecent; the piling up of weapons upon weapons when the real enemies were within; and the decay of religious faith, so that religion became a hollow form. In other words, when the moral and spiritual fiber of Rome disintegrated, its military and government soon tottered.

Proverbs 14:34 declares, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."

America's strength does not lie in its military stockpile, stock market, or technological genius, but in the moral and spiritual fitness of its people. The great French statesman, historian and philosopher, Alexis de Tocqueville, observed: "America is great because America is good; if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

LEADER PRAYER: Dear God, please bless our nation. Help its people to repent, and heal America of its spiritual and moral sickness. Turn the hearts of Americans back to You and to what is right. Amen.

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