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Why Societies Decay

2009-03-08

As we look back on history we can see a familiar sequence in the rise and fall of nations, repeated without any lessons learned. Many things have been tried and found lacking. Why is it that in the course of time, seemingly regardless of the efforts of one generation to pass on their values to the next, any given society is almost guaranteed to sink into chaos?

Through experience, we adopt a set of convictions, things we hold to be foundational and indisputable. Then we build our lives around those convictions, forming character traits that flow naturally from them. And then our actions are the expressions of our character. So I think one possible explanation is that instead of instilling the next generation with the reasons for our convictions, we try to do what amounts to planting a stick in the ground and expecting it to grow branches and sprout leaves: we only tell them what kind of character traits they should have without providing the experiences that would form convictions in them.

This would also explain religious decay as well. While it’s true that many come to faith with experiences and convictions of their own, many more simply adopt the character traits or even just the actions. And like cut-off branches or trees without roots, they eventually run out of “life” and dry up. This is seen both in individuals and groups of all kinds.

Our world today is on the brink of utter chaos. Societies are sinking into a cesspool of debauchery while trying desperately to still find some “glue” to hold them together, an externally-applied “life”. But like plastic or metal tubes painted green or brown, these “trees” are lifeless and will not last. The children who never had their parents’ convictions have now grow up to take over government and industry, with results we see now.

So let’s make an effort to do more than spoon-feed our convictions to our children. Let’s find a way to help them make them their own, so they will in turn pass them on in the same way. That is the only cure I can think of for this vain cycle we’ve always had.

5 Comments

Greg Anderson

Things have gotten so bad that they’ve even debauched the currency. I’m an old enough dog to remember when pennies were real copper pennies, and not just the thinnest of copper veneer over aluminum.

When financial oligarchs are allowed free rein to do whatever they feel like doing in the name of free-market fundamentalism, it’s like a locomotive with no brakes heading for a washed out bridge.

So is it any wonder that our young care nothing for the lessons of the past? What was packaged and sold to them purely for the sake of inflated profit and shareholder return? Me, more of me, and how I can get more.

We stood by and we allowed it. We did it to ourselves.

Paula Fether

Yep. As long as the forces of "change" know that we’ll never do more than protest (if that), they have no opposition. We as believers have swallowed the lie that to be Christian is to never raise our voices, never forcefully restrain the hand of the murder, never get involved. We have lost our savor.

Jamie

I hate to see the things that are happening, but at the same time I see Gods plan unfolding. He is going to separate us from the Babylonian system of man and purify His people.

I just read a news piece about a Bill that would place the state in charge of the Catholic Church, if passed. You can bet it will affect ALL churches the same. I see it as God removing His people from religious Babylon. If you want to read it here’s the link.. http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=441410

I have known for a long time that the end-time institutional church would be government ran.

Jamie

PS.. You can bet if this Bill doesn’t pass now it will later.

Paula Fether

Thanks for the link, Jamie. Yes, it’s painful to watch all this, but at the same time we know that the "trumpeter" is warming up and Jesus has his hand on the celestial doorknob.