(Proverbs 11:28 KJV) He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
Is America in decline? I don’t mean that as a political question based on criticism of our current leaders. I mean that as a question that people have been wondering about at least since the 60's. Part of the picture is based on the political picture but it is bigger than that. I don’t think I will live to see the definite answer but I see the trend.
We are following a similar curve to the fall of Rome. Many people try to blame the end of Rome on the barbarian invasions. Some blame Christianity. The core factor was that the power that Rome exercised began to be the object of “trust” (982). Rome was already in a nose dive when the church was made legal. Rome had become totally materialistic. All was based of wealth and power. The traditions of truth and law that had been around during the Republic had been replaced by bribery and licentiousness.
Americans are almost totally materialistic today. By that I don’t mean that they love their luxury. I mean that they put there focus and search for meaning on those luxuries. Americans truly believe that “He who dies with the most toys, wins.” The real tragedy is that the church, which should be trying to correct that, has become so “seeker friendly” that we are not willing to tell the king he is naked.
So? What gives you a sense of hope? What are you striving for? Would God approve? You are to be salt and light not just a well managed mutual fund of spiritual values.