Does History Repeat Itself?

In an internet article called The Truth About Tytler, Loren Collins cites a quotation whose author(s) she writes are essentially unverified:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.  Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.

Regardless of the identity of the the author(s) is there any truth here to learn from?

To oversimplify:  Originally Europeans took this land from the indigenous people in an effort to escape persecution and be able to have religious freedom.  They found the courage to fight for their liberty and were blessed with abundance.  In the late twentieth century selfishness even had its own magazine (Self).  Now I suggest we are beyond selfishness. Half the nation says “I got mine, go get your own” and the other half says “I can’t get my own, I want yours.”  And while we are complacent and apathetic about spending money we don’t have we are also in denial about the national debt and its consequences (over $60,000 per citizen, over $160,000 per taxpayer – U.S. National Debt Clock at 1:30 pm November 6, 2016).  We are also in denial about our failure to even come up with a way to enforce a balanced budget.

From the limited perspective of U.S. history I have given, the quotation seems to track our country’s progress.  Can we turn it around?  I believe the answer is yes.  And I think only Jesus can do it.  He said that if we Jesus followers will humble ourselves and pray, seeking Him then He will heal our country.

I’m going to humble myself and pray:

Dear Jesus, please forgive us and heal us.

How ’bout you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a self-made man

The following is a little song I wrote to help all those who don’t have it as well as I do

 

I’m a self-made man

I didn’t get nobody’s help

I rely on me

and nobody else

I have no one to thank

‘cept the Good Lord above

And you can be like me

If you want it bad enough

 

Yes, the Lord’s blessed me

And I know it’s true

But I have no idea

What’s wrong with you

If you’ll try on my glasses

Then you’ll truly see

With a little hard work

You too will be like me

 

What?… Stop singing? You want me to try on your glasses?  Well… alright… I don’t see why though, mine work great

Hey, wait a minute, I don’t have a job anymore

… I’ve been turned down for jobs how many times?

Well, if I just keep trying I will succeed, right?

I have no place to live?  And no interview clothes?

How will they select me over someone who presents well?

And smells well?

This is depressing

I just realized I’ve felt bad for so long

Anti-depressants would help but I have no money

I was jumped last night

They said they would kill me next time

What was that song I used to sing?

I’m a self-made man?

I didn’t get nobody’s help?

 

… I’ve gotten lots of help …

My mother didn’t abort me

my dad didn’t desert me,

My teachers taught me

Veterans gave me

a free country

to use the gifts

God has given me

Doctors have helped heal me

Police have protected me

And I am so grateful to God

I will humbly ask if I can help lift up

My brothers and sisters

As I in turn learn from them

And I don’t know it yet

But they have much to teach me

 

Signed – I’m a grateful man

 

I invite you to discover how you and I can allow Jesus to lift our challenged brothers and sisters.  I invite you to discover:  The Open Table  http://www.theopentable.org/

 

 

 

 

How can You win in this election?

It has been saddening to read/watch people viciously criticize and attack each other as they explain how their way of thinking is right and others’ thinking is wrong.  Fear has replaced Hope as the motivation to “win” in this election.  Fear cannot be satisfied.  It can only be replaced itself by Truth.  Jesus said he is the Truth.  So how can Jesus calm our Fear?

In the Old Testament in Proverbs in the Bible it says that Jesus holds the heart of the ruler in his hand and turns it wherever he wishes.  No matter who “wins” the election Tuesday a deeply flawed person will become President.  And we don’t have to worry.  Jesus has been preparing this moment since eternity past and he is not surprised or worried about what he will do.  The main thing I worry about is what will I do?  Will I humbly listen to Jesus and be true to what he tells me to do?  Or will I Fear and say “Jesus didn’t say that, that’s not reasonable”… and shut the eyes of my soul … and deny him?

 

Dear Jesus, help me to choose Love in every situation.  You are Love.  And you always provide a way to Love.  Thank you for answering this prayer.  You always do.