The decline of the West is a consequence of rebellion against Christianity. The Christian must not place his hope in the delicate balancing act of such a failing culture. Rather, he must seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and call others to do the same. The future of man's rebellion against and independence of God is always bleak; the future of the kingdom of God is as bright as His promises.
In the period before Christ, the nation of Israel was unique. Of all the nations of the world, it was handpicked by God, established by His providence rather than the will of the local political rulers, and governed by a set of laws of divine origin. Even though Israel failed to follow those laws, that, at least, was the intention.
From the conversion of Constantine (312 A.D.) until the middle of the 20th century, western civilization and Christianity have been viewed as virtually synonymous. However, though commentators disagree on its point in history, Christianity has lost its influence in society.
History records the rise and fall of many empires. The general story of most empires begins with the rise of a strong and energetic people who achieve wealth and prosperity by militarily overcoming weaker nations.
How many times have you heard it said that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God, and that spiritually and morally the three religions are all based on the same concept of God?
Some five years ago as I visited my childhood home church in north-central Minnesota, a retired pastor stood up during the evening testimonial time. "I'd like to sing a little song my mother used to sing to me," he said, proceeding to sing a spiritual lullaby in Swedish. It seemed pretty corny, until I looked around and saw tears glistening in the eyes of elderly members of the congregation.
Greenville, South Carolina, located in the deep south Bible belt, and home to Bob Jones University, has only fairly recently experienced the homosexual revolution.
There is no part of my life that I look back upon with more real pleasure than the cadets' prayer meetings." Major-General Francis H. Smith, LL.D. - First Superintendent of VMI