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Posted on October 30, 2008

With Election Day being Tuesday, have you ever pondered this thought: How long does the USA have as a free country? Hundreds of years? Only a few more decades? (Read my 10/30/08 blog, When the World's Turbulence Strikes Fear)

Around 200 years ago, about the time of the USA's beginning, a Scottish history professor, Alexander Tyler, wrote:**

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It will continue to exist until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury. The result is that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy. This is always followed by a dictatorship."

In writing this, Professor Tyler at the University of Edinburgh was referring to the fall of the Athenian democracy, the world's first, around 300 B.C. Tyler's research found that the average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years, the present age of the USA.**

AThe sequence of progression is:
1) From bondage to spiritual faith
2) From spiritual faith to great courage
3) From courage to liberty
4) From liberty to abundance
5) From abundance to complacency
6) From complacency to apathy
7) From apathy to dependence
8) From dependence back into bondage

(Where do you think we are in the process?)

Along with the view of this history professor, I also ponder Galatians 5:13a. Do you think this verse has any indirect implications for today?
"It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life.Just make sure you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom."

Much is at stake. Could we be fulfilling what we've always heard, "history always repeats itself?"

Apathy is the great danger to freedom.Let'sbe in prayer and fasting together for Tuesday's election no matter what your political persuasion is.

**Some sources cast doubt on whether or not thequote I use is actually froma Scottish history professor namedAlexander Tyler. But in my view, whether the quote is completely accurate or not, we know for certain that former democracies and other great civilizations didn't survive because of the internal corruption of their leaders andpeople. So,my point, I think,is still valid.

When the World's Turbulence Strikes Fear in Me
by Gary Chester

If I allow it, the world's turbulence that surrounds me, can strike fear in me. The terrorists, the financial meltdown, drug/alcohol addictions and ruptured marriages of family members and friends, churches that have grown cold, and always the threat of the return of my cancer (now in remission). Whew!

But when the green-eyed monster of fear raises its ugly head, I know how to return to tranquility again. I still and quiet my soul
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