In the September 24, 2009 issue of the Winnisquam Echo, Bill Tobin, who had for many years served in the NH House of Representatives, posted what has become known as the Cycle of Nations:
“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to rebellion;
From rebellion to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From great courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence, and,
From dependence back to bondage.
I often wonder where we are in this cycle. It is clear to many of us that, as a nation, we are in deep trouble. Many of us who have been influenced by the Judeo-Christian ethic are aghast. In our view, we are living in a godless, self-centered and misdirected society. Having abandoned the Bible as giving us an objective standard of morality, we have been damaged by the absence of those principles of right and wrong that used to be commonly taught in our schools and universities. Far from being snobbish and judgmental, the Christian community has agonized over the state of our nation. There is here no joy when things have deteriorated to the point where our young people can’t even determine their gender! Give me a break!
We have hit “complacency” and are well on our way to “apathy” and, true to the model, no one seems to care. Live and let live, be happy, you only go around once, so live it to the fullest… seems to be our society’s philosophy.
We have taken the privilege of living in America so much for granted the champions of socialism are getting a hearing. Touting proposals we cannot afford and proposing changes that defy common sense, their promises, if implemented, would destroy us as a nation. Political expediency is no alternative to the principles of sound government established by our founding fathers. Wake up, America. There is no free ride!
There is little need for me to enumerate the many expressions of political correctness and personal freedom that have permeated every level of our society. So pervasive has become an almost total disregard for those moral principles we once accepted as truth, it is difficult for the Christian community to keep from giving up. It would be easy for us to conclude that we are the victims of a godless society and that nothing we can do will make a difference. “Cash it in, fold your wings, bury your head in the sand”… and leave society to live out the pleasure of its own will. But Christians, we have no such option. Our nation’s future is at stake; it is time to stand and be counted.
This is God’s world, and although most generally disregarded, He is available to all who are prepared to make Him welcome. He created us as an act of love and has given of Himself to make possible a change in the purpose and direction of both our lives and our nation. I fear for America but I am not about to give up! Whatever the future course of our history, and the cycle of nations notwithstanding, I shall proclaim this foundation principle as often as I can: there is an alternative… and His Name is Jesus Christ.
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