We live in the strongest, wealthiest, most prosperous country in the history of the world. Our standard of living, even for those considered poor, is unparalleled. We have incredible technology that makes work easier, faster, and more efficient. People have more leisure time than they know what to do with. Because of welfare and entitlements, many people don’t have to work at all. We even proved how tolerant and socially evolved we have become by electing an African American as president. And yet our country is more bitterly divided than ever. Despite our wealth and comfort, protests, demonstrations, and people expressing their unhappiness and anger is a daily event. Out of 300 million people the two best candidates for president that we could nominate is a sleazy casino owner and possibly the most corrupt politician of our lifetime. This is further exacerbated by the menace of Islam that we continue to welcome into this country with open arms. Even though we seem to have the means to build a utopian society, everything seems to be crumbling apart. But this is nothing new. Every great society in history has followed this same pattern. In 1776 historian Edward Gibbon began to publish The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in which many of his conclusions can be clearly seen in our society today. At the time, in a bit of irony, Gibbon was a citizen of the British Empire which eventually declined and was replaced by the “American Empire” that was born in 1776 at the expense of the British. As with other empires, there will come a time when the U.S. will decline and possibly fall to complete ruin. Eventually there will be a one world empire led by the one that we often refer to as the Antichrist. However, this seemingly indomitable empire will be completely destroyed by the return of our Lord Jesus.
The point is that no matter what man builds eventually it will crumble to the ground. The only lasting kingdom is the kingdom that Jesus will build on this earth. That is why our hope as believers is not in government, armies, science, technology, or any strength or wisdom of man. Our hope is only in Jesus Christ.
Adam Davis, Senior Pastor FBC Archer City, TX