Michael Ramsden, part of the Ravi Zacharias ministries, spoke at our church a few weeks ago. His message was both fascinating and hugely timely. He began with the following quote by Alexander Fraser Tytler (late 1700s):
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
From spiritual faith to great courage;
From courage to liberty;
From liberty to abundance;
From abundance to complacency;
From complacency to apathy;
From apathy to dependence;
From dependence back into bondage.
Ramsden is British and speaks a bit fast and, unfortunately, the volume is a bit low, but if you persevere, you will not be disappointed. I would love to know what you think.