"I went to Jerusalem to become acquainted (Gk. istoria) with Cephas" - Paul's words from Galatians 1:18.

The USA from Commencement to Collapse: From Pain, to Productivity, to Prosperity, to Promiscuity

United States President John Adams once wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. The Constitution is wholly inadequate to the government of any other" (Source: John Adams to Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798, The National Archives). 

Regent University, in establishing their Robertson Center for Constitutional Law, publicly stated: "The biggest threat to our constitutional order… is the failure to pass to subsequent generations the character, virtue, and knowledge required to protect the constitutional safeguards."

Many Americans feel as if they have lost their country. To those with a sense of this loss, it seems that the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution are gone. But any lament over the loss of Constitutional liberties must take into account the past 50 years of United States history.

Sexual immorality has brought us to the fall of the Republic. If you won't take my word for the reason for our national collapse, at least ponder the conclusions of Oxford University anthropologist J.D. Unwin.

In Dr. Unwin's 1934 book Sex and Culture, he quotes the Greek philosopher Plato for the explanation of how and why a country or civilization goes "from democracy to dissolution." Plato said the dissolution occurs when the government takes from the rich to give to the poor. Plato wrote:
"Their leaders deprive the rich of their estates and distribute them among the people; at the same time, taking care to reserve the larger part for themselves (e.g. the government officials). The persons who have their property taken from them are then compelled to defend themselves as they best can...Democracy comes to dissolution by the insatiable desire of citizens to have what others possess." (Source: Timaesus, Critias, and Republic, by Plato).
Dr. Unwin studied 86 different cultures and civilizations over the past 5,000 years, including the Sumerians, the Babylonians, the Greeks and Romans, the Teutons, and the Anglo-Saxons. He analyzed these cultures and observed that sexual promiscuity always preceded the leaders' of that country's attempt to transfer wealth from the rich to the poor. 

Dr. Unwin believed there was a strong correlation between a civilization's standard of monogamous heterosexual marriage and cultural advancement. He also believed (as do I) that legal equality between women and men is "a necessary prerequisite to absolute monogamy" within a culture (Sex and Culture, p. 431).  This Oxford anthropologist charted the 86 civilizations that he studied from commencement to collapse using four words: Pain, Productivity, Prosperity, and Promiscuity. 

At first, Dr. Unwin writes, people go through a painful struggle such as famine, disease, or war. that commences a cultural or national identity. Then, the people who have overcome the struggle through their self-discipline and innovation will become productive as a nation or society. For example, the United States went through our painful struggle of the Revolutionary War (AD 1775-1783). Shortly after winning the war, Americans became a productive young nation due to our Protestant work ethic and personal self-discipline, both of which were forged in the crucible of war.

Dr. Unwin observed that in productive civilizations, the prosperity of all people will soon follow. Over time, however, prosperous people become lax, casting off their self-discipline, their innovative courage, and their self-restraint. Prosperity as an experience leads them to pursue more and more pleasures. Thus, prosperous people invariably turn into promiscuous people. They set aside their morals, discipline, and religious convictions - the very character qualities that enabled them to overcome their initial seminal struggle - in an attempt to find even greater personal pleasures. 

You may not understand this Oxford professor's explanation for the rise and fall of civilizations, so let me give another explanation for the rise and fall of the United States using simpler, middle-American English.

Joe Wright, Pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas, opened the 2019  legislative session of the Kansas State Legislature with the following prayer. Joe Wright says the same thing that Dr. Unwin says: 
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We confess:

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it pluralism.

We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.

We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.

Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 The United States may be broken, but we serve a King whose Kingdom is unshakeable.

21 comments:

David Panzera said...

It is difficult. As a Christian who is also an American it is difficult. Difficult to hold your head up today. Difficult to hold Christian values and act on them. Difficult to even speak your position in the public square, even sometimes among agreeable people. All this and more now made difficult by people who have co-opted what was America, replaced the values of that nation with their own and now claim they are the ones who are America. We have absolutely traded the truth for a lie. We call a baby multiple thing’s except that of a human baby, so we can justify its murder. We trade even simple reasoning like whether you are a man or a woman for a dangerous confusion that has those very afflicted people killing themselves at rates over 11 times the average. As the list was in the original post so, too, could I go on and on about why we are where we are at…..
Mark Chapter 4….much happened in the beginning of that chapter as Jesus taught parables to those who would listen and to his disciples. Then, these men of “faith” got into the boat with Christ to sail to another location. Up came the storm. The one that scared them. It scared them to the point of fear for their very lives. Then one went to go get the Master. In a moments time the Master instantly calmed the sea. He instantly brought peace and tranquility to tumult, chaos and fear. In that moment the master also taught about where the disciples lacking faith was. But the message in that moment applied here is the same. We are all in this boat, we do not know how to control that which is scaring us to the point of fear for our very existence and it seems to be getting worse. Now, this is where I say that the lesson of having faith here does not mean that the Master will come out, America will revert back to the founding morality and everything will be peaceful and tranquil, instead I am going to say that the Master will do that for your heart and mind even though the storm may still consume us. Because, even if the storm still consumes us, the Master is till the Master, knows our needs, fears and more. Understands we love our God-Blessed America and absolutely knows our anguish over watching her harmed in the way she is being harmed today. She may well not survive it. Here is where I say the faith needs to be in the Master and not one of His greatest and most blessed of nations for nations will fail us. Putting all our hope in a Trump or a Biden will not ever save us. Trump could have (and I believe did) won re-election and done even more to Make America Great Again and to be honest it may well have put people on an even more complacent course of Christianity. My faith was never in Trump though I sure did like what he did for us all. My faith cannot be in the military of which I was a part of for 32 years. It cannot be in Wade Burleson or any other preacher no matter how good their walk may be. In those moments I, too, would be trading the truth for a lie.

No, I am not happy about a single thing in the past 2 months politically. I am even less enthusiastic on a good outcome of the incoming administration. I am sure that my children and their children will see greater trouble than I ever did….but we will all see it through with the Master in our heart.

Rex Ray said...

David Panzera,

I wish I’d written what you wrote. Preach on brother! You spoke the words of my heart.

You mentioned the disciples in the storm. Once, our pastor swapped Sunday services with a Black pastor.

That Sunday he said he’d preach till one o’clock if he didn’t hear some AMENS. He said, “Every Christian was in a storm, had just left a storm, or was going to a storm.”

(Heard more AMENS than I ever heard before.)

Christiane said...

in the temporary quiet after 'The Storm', I find this, which reflects for me images of the twenty-third Psalm, to be comforting:

"When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free."

(Wendell Berry)

Rex Ray said...

Has anyone been in a ‘fun’ storm?

When my brother, Hez, and I were 15, our family was crossing the Atlantic to join our father in Germany, where our parents would teach in American schools.

Our boat was so small and slow it took 17 days; even oil tankers passed us. We were bored until we hit a small storm. The boat bobbed up and down and rolled side to side. A spray of water splashed the bow that made it slick.

No one knew Hez and I were having fun taking turns of sliding from side to side. When the boat rolled up, we’d push off from that railing and slide to the lower railing. When that side went up, we repeated the process.

After an hour, the boat rolled on an extra big wave. The side I pushed off was so high, when I hit the lower railing, I flipped over and was balanced like a seesaw looking a death 20 feet below.

Those were the longest seconds of my life. We never told anyone.

Rex Ray said...

P.S.

Actually, I was not balanced like a seesaw. My legs were horizonal on the top rail. I was bent at the waist; had reached back and caught the middle of the railing and held on until the boat rolled the other way.

Remembering this has me wide-awake with tension. The ‘fun’ storm changed to ‘horror’. Judy’s asleep, so I moved to the living room; sang Jesus Loves Me, and prayed. Now, maybe I can go to sleep.

Christiane said...

I hope you can get some sleep, too, REX RAY.

It was a 'good' story, and it reinforces to me that the RAY Family have a whole strata of guardian angels at work on their behalf,
so the story makes sense.

There is a lot of 'tension', lately for me also. My sister-in-law has been removed to a rehab but is still on oxygen from time to time. She is too weak to walk, but no longer 'codes' when she sits up at the side of the bed (loses consciousness from lack of oxygen in her blood). That, for her, is an advance in her condition, so I am grateful for all prayers on her behalf as her struggle has been immense. My son has some symptoms and is to be tested again for the virus. He's a big strong Coastguardsman but it doesn't help when people tell me 'not to worry', being 'Mom' and all.

Day to day, life goes on. All will get sorted out. We are a strong country and we will survive.

Rex Ray said...

CHRISTIANE,

“…lack of oxygen in the blood.” I think I’ve told you as a lifeguard in the Air Force, we’d test ourselves for fun to see how long we could hold our breath underwater. Three minutes was my record.

Then at the age of 57, my time decreased to two minutes until I started taking a lot of vitamin E (1600 milligrams) and my time increased to four minutes and 8 seconds.

Rex Ray said...

CHRISTIANE,

P.S.
At the same age of 57, for some reason a doctor analyzed my blood. (Put a drop between two pieces of glass and looked through a microscope. He said, “Most people’s blood oxidizes in two minutes, but yours took eight.”
I now take 400 milligrams of E.

Victorious said...

There is a lot of 'tension', lately for me also. My sister-in-law has been removed to a rehab but is still on oxygen from time to time.

Christiane, I'm continuing to pray for you and your sister-in-law. Sometimes our burdens seem more than we can bear but the Body of Christ hopefully eases the burdens through prayer and encouragement. Gal. 6:2 and 1 Thes. 5:11

Christiane said...

Thank you Victorious, that kindness means a lot to me. May you also live and be well during these strange times we are in. God Bless!

Leopold Tuenis said...

The root of the actual promiscuity in the U.S. is the influence of communism. The CCP cannot accept God, because they cannot accept something bigger than their party... Therefore they impose all that unbelievable evil upon religious societies... But, unfortunately for them, the Almighty exists https://youtu.be/x06WxR0qsHg ...and He will prevail !

Christiane said...

Fortunately, for ALL of humankind, the Almighty exists.

The Almighty created us and gave us each the breath of life and a soul, and sustains us ALL in existence from moment to moment, from our first breath to our last.

But we have seen real evil in our own time, but it wasn't the poor immigrant seeking asylum;
it was the fiends who took the immigrants baby from her arms.

Let's call evil what it is. It is a great sin against God to harm the helpless.

'We' are all His children. But He will favor the actions of those who humble themselves before Him and ask for forgiveness;

and the ones who JUDGE 'those other sinners'?

for them, in sacred Scripture there is this lesson eternal:

9To some who trusted in their own righteousness and viewed others with contempt, He also told this parable: 10“Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men—swindlers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.…12I fast twice a week and pay tithes of all that I acquire.’ 13But the tax collector stood at a distance, unwilling even to lift up his eyes to heaven. Instead, he beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ 14I tell you, this man, rather than the Pharisee, went home justified. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”…
(from the HOLY GOSPEL OF ST. LUKE chapter 18)

The moment you point to 'those other sinners' in an attempt to glorify yourself before your 'God of Wrath', you have become pride-filled and self-righteous, and
you are yourself fallen from favor with the Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, God. Read the testament of St. Luke, an apostle of Christ, and take it to heart before 'pointing the finger' and holding 'those other sinners' in contempt.

When a people hold others in contempt, it has been said that they can only love God as much as the one they have the most contempt for. Beware the sin of pride that takes from you your own humbled humanity before God;
and leaves you a 'Pharisee in the temple' unjustified.

Rex Ray said...

CHRISTIANE,

You mentioned the tax collector. It reminded me of a guy saying:

“You shouldn’t drink strong drink because you might shoot at a tax collector and miss.”

“Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end, it bites like a poisonous snake, it stinks like a viper.” (Proverbs 23:31-32 NLT)

I’ve been studying if Jesus made wine or only grape juice. It’s estimated He made 120 to 180 gallons. If it was wine, that would be enough to make everyone drunk a long time which would make Jesus guilty of Habakkuk 2:15 NLT:

“What sorrow awaits you who make your neighbors drunk! …”

I’ll drink wine when it’s made out of water. 😊

heyheyitsbro said...

Is it just me or do all of Wade's hyperlinks not work? (genuinely wondering)

Is it just me or does anyone else not care what a random dude who died 84 years ago and therefore had no idea what our culture is like believed?

Is is just me or is the opinion of Wade and Joe Wright just an opinion, and not actually backed by truth or facts? (maybe it was just a clearly partisan speech meant to arouse fears and beliefs of constituents)

It took Wade several days to articulate a post about the Capitol siege. His articulation was almost entirely about free speech. Wade had one measly paragraph to address a literal siege on the Capitol of the United States of America. Over 85% of his post was about how Americans need free access to information. He wrote these words on a website that gives him access to speak and is free to all Americans. Congrats Wade, you have free speech and your readers have free access to your speech. Trump, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Donald Jr, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, AOC, literally every congressperson in the United States - they all have their own websites with free speech and each site is freely accessible to every person in the United States.
Maybe the people you support should try to abide by the terms of service for the platforms they want to use, instead of blaming boogeyman censorship.

Rex Ray said...

NO, no, no! Vipers don’t smell. Skunks smell. Vipers STING. (You can tell that Judy didn’t proof-read my comment.


heyheyutsbro

I believe you missed the point of Wade’s blog. He listed things America has done WRONG. (ridiculed Bible, worshipped other gods, endorsed perversion, exploited the poor, rewarded laziness, killed our unborn, …)

So God will punish America with Biden and Harris.

Back to the question I asked CHRISTIANE. IF MEGA had pipe bombs, why did they wait until the second day?

The element of surprise in warfare (when the other side is not prepared) is half the battle.

My answer is because it wasn’t MAGA that had pipe bombs!

Rex Ray said...

Wade,

Been to the top of the Statue of Liberty, but I don’t remember her hands like that. 😊 We thank the French for her.

RB Kuter said...

The genuine followers of Jesus Christ in America are becoming (already are?) a remnant. There was once a time when this nation was identified as being a "nation under God", a "Christian nation", by the rest of the world. This was a nation that was unapologetically "Christian" and was devoted to the One, Creator God. Anyone could come and live here but it was with that understanding.

Some nations honored us for it, others hated us for it and targeted us because of it. The United States of today has lowered itself morally to become conformed with the rest of the world, the kingdom of the world. Now it is considered unlawful to distinguish the nation, its law, government, and civil structure as being "Christian". Today it must conform to accommodate all religions at the price of stripping away its original Christian foundations and identity. Today it must re-write all of its God-based ideologies that function as the infrastructure of the nation so as to not offend those from foreign, pagan, religions, humanists, atheists, that not only want to live here in freedom to worship, or not, as they please but insist on not living under a government identified as being Christ/God-centered. They insist upon eliminating all references and symbols that identify the government and nation as being Godly and Christ-like. The even insist that prayer to open Congress end, not be praying in the Name of Jesus Christ, but in the name of whatever god you wish to call it, "Amen" and "Awoman".

Genuine Jesus followers are aliens in the world, and in the United States, and must concede to functioning on that basis. It does not mean defeat. Followers in many other nations, perhaps most, have been living as "the remnant" their entire lives. In the country where I lived for some years, the true Christian students would stand alone in morning assembly while all the other students bowed before the Buddha image. Sons were persecuted by their entire families for not being ordained as Buddhist monks.

The Remnant in countries like China, Viet Nam, Burma, Egypt, Iran, many Eastern European nations, know what it means to survive and flourish as The Church in environments that are extremely hostile toward The True Church. The Church functions underground, but it grows in numbers and in spiritual strength. They don't ask for prayer to stop the persecution, only for prayer asking God to help them remain devoted to "their" Kingdom.

Being "The Remnant" is not a bad thing. Consider the people of God in bondage in ancient Egypt, held captive and enslaved in Babylon, residing in Rome occupied Israel. Jesus told us it would be like this. As a matter of fact, Jesus said that The Church would be entering the small gate and following the narrow way while the majority of this worldly kingdom would be entering the broad gate and following the wide way.

This leads us to understand that something is wrong when the "majority" includes professing Christians following along with those of the kingdom of the world. His followers are meant to be in such contrast with this world's kingdom, sanctified, so as to result in their being set apart from it.

How does God refine, sanctify, the Bride of Christ? We're seeing it.

Christiane said...
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Christiane said...

Hey there, REX RAY

don't worry too much about Jan 6 and who did what to whom (or tried to) as there will be inquiries made and there is much visible and auditory evidence as well as other sources of information that will be studied and analyzed to find out the truth.

I understand that General Russel Honore has been asked to chair one group looking into the attack on the Capitol,
and he is an experienced, well-known, and honorable servant of his nation.

In the meantime,
I expect the National Guard will try to protect the state governments and the National Capitol (Senate and House) and also the court systems from harm and intimidation.

I think that whoever is guilty of the attack from planning, and plotting and instigation it, must be held to account.

Some advice: I've noticed your favorite channel is not presenting all that you might want to be aware of in order to better understand the whole picture;
so you might want to WIDEN YOUR SOURCES OF INFORMATION aka 'get out of your bubble' so to speak. Just my 2 cents of advice.

I think the Senate trial will start before the week is out, but we shall see.

I hear Oklahoma is being hard-hit now with the virus, and I had hoped it would be spared the worst, so prayers for good are in order now as priority that all may live and be well in God's time. You take care. It will all become more clear soon, and when the vaccine is available, the nation can begin to heal on more than one level.

Shari said...

I am a (as it happens, white) Christian from Detroit, MI. After being flabbergasted and frankly, disgusted, by Franklin Graham's recent statement in support of President Trump, I have been looking online for other reactions from Christians. I encountered you first when I read Debbie Kaufmann way back when. I don't know whether I agree with your perspective in this blog or not, certainly parts. I am extremely heartened by your pastor's heart, your courage, your support for women in the church, and your commitment to truth. But I wanted to point out a blind spot, and share that my heart sank when I read your sentence about America prospering because of our 'protestant work ethic' after the Revolutionary War. It is unfortunately par for the course that white Christians persist in this myth, without mentioning the unpaid labor of slaves. Luckily, the wikipedia definition you linked to did have a quote from MLK himself pointing it out. I would have to say that your argument leads me to believe that the link was perhaps inadvertent, as it was a much more balanced view of the protestant work ethic concept than what you were claiming. All of us could benefit from reading it today, on today, this Martin Luther King Day. I sincerely hope that you take this in the spirit it is meant in, of iron sharpening iron.

Rex Ray said...

RB Kuter

Good to hear from you; it’s been a long time and I was beginning to worry about you. Many years ago, my friend, Dennis Folds was the pastor of the Baptists church in Tokyo, Japan.

There were people from about twelve countries in that church. From the American news, several people from Africa thought America was a heathen nation.

I believe they would think the same today as you pointed out what’s going on in our country.

CHRISTIANE,

I haven’t seen your reason yet why you think MAGA (Make America Great Again) waited for the second day to attack the Capitol with their pipe bombs.