In his classic work “The History and Fall of the Roman Empire,” Edward Gibbon observed the following:
The five marks of the Roman decaying culture were:
1)Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth.
2)Obsession with sex and perversions of sex.
3)Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original.
4)Widening disparity between the very rich and very poor.
5)Increased demand to live off the state.
It seems America is displaying every sign of a culture on its way out. Perhaps most alarming of the marks cited by Gibbon is the rapidity with which sexual perversion has become accepted in the United States. Homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality were behaviors and mindsets that were viewed as deviant and perverse only a few decades ago. They were first accepted as alternate lifestyles and now are deemed normal by the culture at large. Very few sexual taboos remain in America. One behavior, still verboten is pedophilia. Yet seeds of tolerance are currently being planted that, if they come to fruition, will result in sex between adults and children being accepted as normal. B4U-ACT is the perverted think tank that is greasing the skid for this debauchery. They rationalize their insanity through “…hormonal influences, genetics, evolutionary processes, negative socialization, poor parental relationships, and childhood sexual experiences.” They do not yet condone adults cavorting with children, mainly because it is illegal. Just as homosexuality was pushed in the late 1960s as a group that was misunderstood and unjustly persecuted, the same is gaining momentum in the realm of pedophilia. Tolerance and acceptance is in their crosshairs. If that happens, America will rapidly join Rome as just another culture for historians to study. [Much of this material came from Kelly Boggs, a weekly columnist for the Baptist Press, director of the Louisiana Baptist’s Convention office of public affairs, and editor of the Baptist Message (www.baptistmessage.com), newsjournal of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.]
An appropriate quotation that would best sum up the aforementioned article would be the following: “The only thing we learn from history is that we never learn from history.” –Friedrich Hegel
Why is this? Because of the sinful and fallen nature of man. All cultures, nations and empires that start out right, eventually deteriorate and go the wrong way. The same can even be said about ancient Israel’s rebellion against God! Blessings, Pastor Steve