Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Cause of Our Decline

 Jeffery Ludwig at the American Thinker today describes America In Decline as a result of several actions taken by various Americans to defy God. He sees these as 1) power-seeking, 2) greed, 3) atheism and 4) family hatred. The outworking of these actions, done deliberately with full knowledge of what they portended, is turning our nation into a brutal hellscape of crime and destruction.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, looking at the disintegration of our society, finds considerable truth about the causes of this disintegration in the writings of Yuri Bezmenov (a KGB agent who defected from the Soviet Union in 1970). He described the subversion process as a complex model with four successive stages. These are: demoralization, destabilization, crisis, and normalization. She then goes beyond these foundation categories and says that they have been applied by American Marxists, the Communist Chinese Party, and Radical Islamists which three-pronged attack has led to our cultural disintegration. While this writer was intrigued and informed by Ms. Ali’s commentary, a summary of our decline would, I think, be better if seen under the categories of power, greed, atheism, and family hatred.

Ludwig goes on to tell us the history of these four attributes, which shows the hubris, the arrogance, and the fundamental lack of faith in our Constitutional republic, inspired by God, of various elites. The so-called "elites" always gravitate towards a sense of enlightenment which looks on the middle class and poor as benighted and in need of saving through their beneficent grace. Thus, a Bernie Sanders can say “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.” Thus Senator Sanders, who styles himself as an elitist, would tell us what we need, and when. He would decide where our money should be spent, while leaving us to toil for the betterment of others. He would thus make us slaves and deny us our choices, including presumable our choice of leaders. But saving people is not their job, or indeed the job of any man. It is the job of the LORD through the Holy Spirit. Therefore, our so-called elites have taken to themselves the roll of God. Doing so is, of course, the original sin of not loving God and placing trust in Him.

Thus, the USA’s decline is directly related to the categories of power-seeking, greed, atheism, and family hatred described above. However, you will not be surprised if I say that the one dimension missing from the piece is the spiritual, namely God’s judgment resulting from His removing His faithful hand of mercy and hope from a sinful people.

I pray that He will change his mind and again bless us. But we need to repent, and I don't see that happening yet.

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