I've been reading slowly through the book of Judges once again. I must admit this time seems much more purposed than simple devotional reading.
In the process I came upon the following. This is an excerpt from the introduction of Dr. J. Vernon McGee's simple lay commentary on the book of Judges.
"The book of Isaiah opens with God giving this philosophy of history. Isaiah outlines three steps that cause the downfall of nations: (1) spiritual apostasy, (2) moral awfulness, and (3) political anarchy, which is the final stage of any nation. These steps have destroyed nations down through history."
One could certainly argue the point of whether or not Dr. McGee is correct in his surmisings. But, for the sake of argument lets agree that his assessments are correct. Thus, where would you place your nation at this present time in history?
As a resident of the United States of America (which is approaching her 240 birthday) this gives me reason to pause and consider. Could any honest person suggest other than we are far and away from being a nation that loves God with all our heart, mind, soul & strength. Rather, perhaps our awful apostasy has found us "in the mess we are in".
History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster." (General Douglas MacArthur)