He said: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the others discover that they can vote themselves largesse [generous gifts] from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority will always vote for candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that democracy always collapses over bad fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
Though the United States is going deeper in debt at the rate of $3 billion dollars a day(!) and our total indebtedness is approaching $17 trillion, we will not stop spending. If we did, voters would probably throw out our leaders.
Today America is consumed with entitlement; that is, we are entitled to more and more benefits from the government treasury though the government is going broke.
We hear often that we are on an “unsustainable” path, and unless we change immediately we are bound to face drastic and long-term consequences — even possible financial collapse.
As bleak as our financial problem is, our moral decline is even greater. In the 1970s Frances Schaeffer, the Christian philosopher, warned that someday America as we knew it would no longer exist.
Schaeffer was right; we are a different country now. There has been a gigantic public shift in America’s mores. What seemed unthinkable in an earlier generation is now acceptable.
For example, same-sex marriage is now forced upon us as acceptable and just another lifestyle. Truth of God’s Word is trampled under foot.
They say, “Give us no visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions ... and stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel!” (Isaiah 30:10, 11).
Along this line, Herbert Agar, an American writer, commented: “The truth which makes men free is, for the most part, the truth which men prefer not to hear.”
Television, newspaper, and radio are effective in making the unthinkable acceptable. Pastor Dr. Erwin Lutzer said: “In effect, the homosexual lobby has veto power over anything that is portrayed or said in the media about the gay lifestyle. The strategy of the radical homosexual movement is simple: preach tolerance, but practice intolerance at every opportunity.”
That being said, we as individuals and churches have a vast responsibility toward those caught up in sexual sins whether pornography, homosexuality, fornication or adultery.
We must walk the close way of not being swayed by public approval of sins which the Bible declares definitely wrong. At the same time, we must love, pray for, and endeavor to influence all people to the love and saving power of Jesus Christ.
The apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthian Church, gives a litany of sexual sins and then says: “That is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).