Imitating the Fall of Rome

Nena Arias | August 28,2023

“There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death.”
(Proverbs 14:12)

Every civilization that has fallen presents many similar indicators that caused its demise. At Cultural Legacy we have this record at our website. If you will take the time to read them you will find that the fall of an empire is the result of external and internal factors, but mostly internal.

Though not extensive, I will present to you some of the most common factors that you will clearly recognize in what is happening in our beloved country the United States of America, which has been in decline for over a hundred years. No great civilization falls overnight or even in a short period of time. The erosion of its foundation and support systems takes time.

In the Bible, it catches my attention of how God deals with nations. When God’s full judgment falls upon a people he uses plagues, famine, and sword to punish them. Jeremiah 24:10 says “And I will send sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they shall be utterly destroyed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.” (Deut. 28:21, Is. 51:19, Jer. 15:2, 21:9, 27:8 Rev. 6:8)

In God’s Word, these words are used to describe spiritual destruction that we can bring upon ourselves if we rebel against God, believe false ideas, and develop evil habits.

It is imperative that we learn from God’s Word and history.

At this time, we in America, are sharing some of the characteristics that caused the fall of Rome. Let us not turn a blind eye to these obvious symptoms. Some are as follows:
• Plagues – in the last three or four years America and the world have been hit by deadly plagues that have caused the death of hundreds of thousands and we are not done yet. Other mutated plagues are coming up the pike for us to endure. This includes diseases that we thought were already eradicated but are having a comeback.
• Open Borders – Migrating multitudes to the West, we cannot deny that we have open borders and are being overrun by illegals pouring into our country. It clearly can be called an invasion due to the high numbers of foreigners. What country can sustain this?
• Loss of Common Language – for people to exist as a nation they need to have something in common. The most basic of these ingredients is a common language. Nothing is more important than to speak the same language to find connectability and unity. Otherwise, the fractioning is too great, and everything falls apart. The migrants are pouring in so fast, and they are being catered to in their native languages that they find no need to learn our English language.
• Welfare State – Since 123 BC, the Roman politicians started appeasing citizens with welfare with a monthly hand out of grain. Here in America, we know what this is all about. It is such a vicious cycle that generations in many families have been on our welfare system and have no plans to get out and become self-sustained. In Roman times, the welfare system was known as “Bread and the circus”. We have our own bread and circus here in America. Governments don’t produce wealth, people produce wealth. Fools don’t realize that government “handouts” are only recovering to them a portion of their own property that was taken from them in the first place.
• Violent Entertainment, Slavery, and Child Sex-trafficking – The violent entertainment, slavery and child sex-trafficking has been coming to light especially in the second half of the 20th century. It is no secret that Hollywood and the tech industry have increased the use of violent entertainment and have “cooked” the brains of Americans much like the “frog in the kettle”. Human trafficking and child sex-trafficking is horrifying our minds in what is being discovered of this widespread practice not only among the down-and-outers but even among the high echelon. We are plagued with this evil even in our very own neighborhoods. There’s no denying the value of human life is at an all-time low in our day.
• Immorality, Infidelity, and Loss of Virtue – There is so much we could say on this topic alone, but I think it is obvious to most that we are scratching the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the factors of immorality, infidelity, and the loss of virtues. Bottom line, we are morally bankrupt.
• Court Favoritism and Injustice – something that we used to take great confidence in America was our “rule of law”. Clearly that is no longer true when criminals of all types are no longer punished according to the gravity of their crimes.
• Church Withdrawal from Public Involvement – When the “salt and light” is removed from public life we have chaos and corruption. When the lie of “separation of church and state” began to take hold, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back in our country’s biblical foundation. Need I say more?
• Other factors such as: Birth control, Planned Parenthood, fewer children, Class Warfare, High Taxes, Outsourcing, Exploding Debt, Over production of currency, etc. are contributing factors to our decline.

The list of similarities that contributed to the Fall of Rome are all around us. Are we next to be headed for a disastrous fall? The answer is “yes” if we do not have a turn around.