They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term ---the generation gap.
In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest---church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.
In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion....It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.
In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.
In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.
In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
I swear I'm not making this stuff up, I'm reading it and interpreting straight from history. The next topic is inflation in the roman economy. Spooky isn't it? Rome tended to grow and function on it's conquests. The same could be said for the United State's conquests in the middle east. Dwight Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex; wars being generated by weapons manufacturers. The same could be said for the oil industry, and keeping the prices down for America by war profiteering. In Rome, when the conquests stopped, new gold stopped flowing in and less gold was used in producing coins. So the value of coins went down. Similar to how the value of the dollar has dropped as the Federal Reserve prints money endlessly. As a result of the value of coin going down, sellers had to raise their prices. That's called inflation and it's hell for an economy.
Urban decay was yet another problem faced by Rome. Wealthy Romans lived in beautiful ornate marble houses. Most Romans were not wealthy however, and the great majority lived in broken down apartment houses called "islands." People could hardly pay the rent for even these tiny apartments so they would be thrown out onto skid row where crime was growing steadily. In the same way many have turned to crime to make ends meet, even in my hometown. As inflation continues the city of Wausau where I live has seen a sharp increase in Methamphetamine trafficking, Heroin, and prostitution. The same can be seen in larger cities where entire regions of the city aren't safe, and gangs and drugs rein supreme in entire neighborhoods.
The Roman Empire early in it's history had been known for it's innovation; it's bridges and aqueducts were incredible feats of engineering considering the time. The artwork and sculptures were the best any had to offer. But for the last few hundred years of it's history, there was very little innovation and the technology used was increasingly inferior. In the same way today the United States is starting to see a crisis of creativity.
And finally, military spending was through the roof in ancient Rome. Urban development and maintenance of roads and government fell to the waste side as more and more money was poured into the bulky Roman military. This forced the government to continuously raise taxes, in turn causing further inflation. Remind you of anyone? The United States has a massive military force with bases spread out across the entire planet. There are over 750 US military bases in the world, spread very thinly. Similar to the Roman empire, we've over extended ourselves.
The United States was founded on Christian principles. References to God were literally all over the government, buildings, and documents, including the currency. Now in the infinite wisdom of secular humanists, darwinists, and militant atheists we're tearing God out of the government even in reference. And we're embracing depravity and sin, just as the Roman empire did. The Roman empire fell very quickly to invading barbarians. But Christianity survived. Why? Because they evangelized the invaders. That's always the call of the church. Teach the truth, preach the truth.
We need Christian philosophers, apologists, ministers, evangelists, and activists. We need Christians signing petitions, Christians starting websites, Christians championing causes, and Christians getting loud for the truth. We need Christian senators who are incorruptible. We need Christian representatives and governors who will stand against corruption. We need Christian farmers and factory workers and laborers. We need Christian mothers, Christian friends, and Jesus followers loyal to the death. We need Christian parents and youth leaders to champion the next generation and raise them on the truth in a world full of lies.
We need Christian activists, protestors, and game changers working day and night to bring about change in the culture. We need Christian professors to teach the truth, we need Christian administrators to start organizations and work on committees. We need healers and counselors to love the lost and invite them to repentance.