In 1857, Thomas Macaulay, British historian, wrote these prescient words to an American friend: “Your Republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth, with this difference, that the Huns and Vandals who ravaged the Roman Empire came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your own country by your own institutions.” He was right.
Homegrown barbarians have taken control of most of America while Americans, including Christians, only yawned with maybe a shake of the head in disgust. Few are awake, and fewer are aware, and very few are alarmed at the danger.
Barbarian originally meant “all that are not Greek,” but was especially applied to the Medes and Persians. The Romans technically were barbarians but took the word and applied it to tribes or nations which had no Greek or Roman accomplishments. From the 1600s, came the meaning “rude, wild person.” Whatever the precise definition, the major spheres of American society are controlled by barbarians.
Look at the entertainment industry–well, you are probably looking at it too much! The very people who are known as the beautiful people are the most crude, rude, and lewd people in America. Moreover, many of our youth idolize them; hence, they copy the language, the dress, the actions, the mannerisms of a lost generation. Major “stars” are unable to communicate without using the foulest of language and gestures. Even then, they are so stupid they have to use cue cards to express their vitriol.
Professional athletics, that used to be a noble pastime, has turned into a world of jerks, dummies, rapists, child abusers, wife beaters, drunks, drug addicts, thieves, thugs, and general lowlifes. Yet, most Christian men are more excited with sports than they are with the Scriptures. Many parents permit their children to emulate the “stars” and athletes, even permitting posters of offensive poses on bedroom walls. Not in my home, no matter the age of my child!
Then there are the barbarians who run the public school systems. Schools should be places of mores, manners, mastering, and mentoring but have been hijacked and are expensive nut factories. A teacher’s job seems to be as secure as a Baptist’s eternal security! We almost force all high school graduates (who read on a seventh grade level) into expensive colleges where they are indoctrinated by druggies of the 60s and 70s.
The political system has been taken over by uncouth barbarians in button down shirts, $1200.00 suits, and $500.00 Gucci shoes. Most of the state and national politicians can’t even spell principle, let alone practice it. If informed Christians voted for principle then high-minded people would serve in office. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. Principled voters can accomplish that.
It is time to take America back and restore the values that made us great and we do that by removing the barbarians and returning to a semblance of biblical living. When nation and faith are in conflict, American Christians often modify their faith rather than confront their country. I refuse to modify (i.e., adapt, adjust, alter, or amend) biblical truth.
Churches are where one should expect culture, character, and courage to prevail; however, church leaders in all denominations are only a step above the crude, cursing, carousing barbarians of yesteryear. They have abandoned the high ground of the Bible for the slime pits of a mushy evangelicalism or outright unbelief. Rebellious Jews worshipped the golden calf and we worship the gold of the calf. In forgetting, forsaking, and fighting God, America has sunk to where anything is acceptable.
Permissiveness has spread across America and the world like a malignant cancer leaving in its wake blasted lives, broken hearts, and blighted bodies. We tolerate all kinds of immorality fearful that we may appear to be bigoted; however, toleration of sexual immorality is the first stage of decadence. As a nation, we have already been to Sodom–and are now skipping through Gomorrah.
Christians have a long way to go before we can win back our culture and curtail the barbarians and their deleterious influence, but we’ll never get there if all we do is insist that we have a right to our opinions. Yes, we have a right to them. But, more importantly, we’re right about them. That’s the real message we should be shouting from the housetops. We must not be intimidated by the bullies, blackmailers, and barbarians on the left. We are right and we have a right, even an obligation, to forcefully state the truth and insist what we are saying is, in fact, the truth. That is not “forcing our opinions down the throats of others.”
At the rate America is decaying morally, we’ll have to change our national symbol from eagle to buzzard. It is cultural and moral suicide to attempt to make immorality acceptable and normal, and our posterity will look back in shock at our madness and cowardice.