ALL democratic nations become corrupt and fall because of human depravity. NO exceptions.

No nation governed by men will survive long range. Eventually, a society becomes corrupt and fails because human depravity continues to increase. This decay comes from within as depravity takes control of the political system. No nation in history is exempt, not even Israel. The United States today, in the early part of the twenty-first century, is in the last stages of this life cycle. Unless revival comes, collapse is imminent.

We saw in the last two weeks the founding principles of a nation influences how successful that society is. Biblical principles will always be a better foundation, however, even nations with the best foundations pass through this life cycle. No country is exempt! In the Bible, the book of Judges chronicles this again and again for Israel. This Alexander Fraser Tytler quote illustrates how this cycle applies to nations:

Democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about two hundred years. During those two centuries, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

  1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
  2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
  3. From courage to liberty;
  4. From liberty to abundance;
  5. From abundance to complacency;
  6. From complacency to apathy;
  7. From apathy to dependence;
  8. From dependence back into bondage.

This quotation is attributed to Tytler but also has been to Alexis de Tocqueville.

The United States today is living out these principles. In 2014, 44 percent of the population required some form of government subsidy payment to remain solvent. When that percentage gets to half of the population, the controlling politicians will be able to sustain their power indefinitely because of the majority’s dependency. When Margaret Thatcher took control of Great Britain, it was on the brink of collapse because of that societies dependence. She dramatically cut spending and became very unpopular, but retained power. Britain was turned around by her policies. One of her most famous quotes is, “Socialism is great as long as you don’t run out of other people’s money!” (Editor’s Comment: When Thatcher refers to socialism, she’s referring to redistribution of wealth based on high taxation). France today faces the same problem because it taxes its wealthy citizens at a rate of 75 percent. Without a significant change in how we redistribute wealth, we’re going to continue to follow this cycle downward. Dependency is the path to bondage.

This blog is from portions of Chapter 9 “Cultural Context” in my book ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.”   Charlie is also the author of Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!

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