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Old August 17th, 2009, 10:57 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by BRUSER View Post
August 12, 2009

Stop the Revolving Door
by Charles R. Swindoll

2 Chronicles 7:13-15

The history of great civilizations reminds me of a giant revolving door. It turns on the axis of human depravity as its movement is marked by the perimeter of time. With monotonous repetition each civilization has completed the same cycle, having passed through a similar sequence of events. One man summarized it like this:

From bondage to spiritual faith
From spiritual faith to great courage
From great courage to strength
From strength to liberty
From liberty to abundance
From abundance to leisure
From leisure to selfishness
From selfishness to complacency
From complacency to apathy
From apathy to dependency
From dependency to weakness
From weakness back to bondage

I like this. Very well stated.

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves excessive gratuities from the public treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the treasury, with the result that a democracy collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. So are you showing us this because you are opposed to democracy?

It's a stunning fact of history that the average age of the world's great civilizations has been approximately two hundred years. Where did you get that from? China? Rome? According to that reckoning, America may be living on borrowed time. The age-old revolving door is turning and we are---as I see it---somewhere between apathy and dependency on the historical cycle. It doesn't take a meteorologist to predict rain if the sky is black and drops are starting to fall. Neither does it take a prophet to predict future bondage if we are now a majority of apathetic and dependent people! I agree with that, which is why I'm politically active and Toes just sits on GL4x4 insulting people.

Hope for our great nation rests upon independent thinking and individual effort. Yup! Progressive thinking, rather than buying in to old teachings just because they're old. The revival of discipline, integrity, work, determination, and healthy pride is not a national matter but a personal one. Inward change and godliness are not legislated by Congress---they are spawned in the heart and cultivated in the home before they are bred in the land. Frankly---it boils down to one person, you.

A revolving door has to be pushed by those within it. When we stop pushing, it will stop turning . . . but not until.
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