I believe we are witnessing the collapse of Western civilization.
The evidence is all around us. There is increasing violence and immorality, and all of it is rooted in the increasing apostasy within the Church. The Church has gotten in bed with the world, and the Christian values that have served as the bedrock foundation of Western civilization have been eroded to the point that we are now practicing abortion on demand, celebrating sexual perversion and reveling in blasphemous entertainment. As the late Steve Allen summed it up, "In America today, we have vulgarians entertaining barbarians."
We have demanded that our society be separated from religion. We have kicked God out of our schools. And then we scratch our heads in wonderment when teenagers kill each other over tennis shoes.
The terrible riots we have been witnessing lately in England are a preview of what is on the horizon here in the States.
The British are running ahead of us in their cultural decline for two reasons. First, The Church of England surrendered to the heresies of the German School of Higher Criticism some 50 years before the apostate attitude of that philosophy destroyed the mainline Protestant denominations here in America. Second, the British instituted full-fledged Socialism immediately after World War II, creating a welfare society that destroyed the values of hard work and individual responsibility.
The British are now reaping the harvest of turning their backs on God and surrendering their freedoms for government "security."
Spiritually, as the Church of England began to teach that the Bible is not the Word of God, but is, instead, Man's search for God, and is therefore full of myth, legend, and superstition, people lost interest. Today, only 7% of Britons go to church (at the maximum), and most of them are attending churches that died spiritually long ago. Churches across England are being turned into theaters, bars, and Muslim mosques. Moral values essential to civilized society are no longer being passed from one generation to another.
The pay-off of Socialism is that a whole generation has grown up expecting the government to supply all their needs. The problem with Socialism, as Margaret Thatcher once said, is that "sooner or later you run out of other people's money." The Socialist economy of England is bankrupt, and people are now being told that they must assume responsibility for supplying their own needs, like paying tuition to go to college. The masses are responding with blind rage, and since they are devoid of moral values, they see no problem in burning and looting to acquire what is "rightfully theirs."
In a recent issue of the Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Kentucky) newspaper, The Southeast Outlook, there was an interview with a former editor of the newspaper who is now a missionary to England with Young Life. Her name is Ninnie Hammon. When asked, "What do you believe is behind this rebellion?" her response was as follows:
Two words: godlessness and socialism. British society has been influenced by historical Christian thinking... but given the statistics [of church attendance], it's likely that the overwhelming majority of the population today has never even met a Christian... Like the rest of Western Europe, England has been thoroughly evangelized, thoroughly churched, and has thoroughly rejected Christianity.
The Brits have filled the void of godlessness in their lives with a nanny government and rules, rules, rules. England is the most highly regulated society on the planet: regulations govern every facet of human existence. The Brits seem to believe that if they just pass enough laws they can control the evil around them. The riots are evidence that it hasn't worked...
One-fifth of all British children are raised in homes in which no adult has a job — where they've never seen anybody get up, dress, and go to work. One-tenth of the adult population has not done a day's work since Tony Blair took office in 1997.
We feel all around us a seething anger just under the surface among the "entitled portion of society." Government was supposed to fill the God-shaped hole in their lives, but it didn't. Government was supposed to solve all their problems, but it hasn't. Far from it... the United Kingdom has the highest drug use in Europe, the highest incidence of sexually transmitted disease, the highest number of single mothers, and the highest abortion rate. Marriage is all but defunct, except for William and Kate, gays, and Muslims. In that kind of spiritual drought, it doesn't take much of a spark to set off a fire.
We are traveling fast down the same path as the British. Increasingly, Americans are thumbing their noses at God while demanding that government provide them with care from the cradle to the grave. Spiritual apostasy combined with economic socialism is a deadly mixture. It will kill any society, no matter how great it may be or how great it thinks it is.
The barbarians are not at our gates. They are already within the citadel. They are shaking their fists at God while crying out for government to come to their rescue. The result will be the collapse of society upon itself.
"Do not be deceived. God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." - Galatians 6:7