The focus of the article was to remind Americans that we were in danger of repeating the trials and disappointments of history if we didn’t rise up and stand for our freedoms. The short writing follows:
“What is past is prologue. History repeats itself as time marches on. A study of history shows that the great civilizations of the world have averaged about 200 years.
“The peoples of the world have followed this timetable. The people go:
“From slavery to spiritual faith. From spiritual faith to courage.
“From courage to liberty. From liberty to abundance.
“From abundance to selfishness. From selfishness to apathy.
“From apathy to dependency. From dependency back to slavery.”
The writer, probably working during the Viet Nam War era, said that in 11 years, our nation would be 200 years old so he was concerned about where we were going.
Don’t we wonder what this person would be thinking about our stage in history today?
All I can say is that it’s time for us to fall on our knees and earnestly pray for our country. When we lose love for others because they may not think the way we do, may not look like we do, or may not express their feelings the same as we do, we’re in trouble!
I believe we are in a very scary situation. It’s scary for my generation and I try not to even think about what it might be like for our children and grandchildren if things don’t change pretty quickly. We don’t want a war and we certainly don’t want a nuclear war! Nobody wins when that happens.
…So I think it’s time to pray. It’s always time to pray – but now I believe it’s more important than ever.
We keep hearing that our democracy began as an experiment – we need to beg Almighty God to soften hearts and purify souls and let our experiment be successful until Christ returns.
We don’t want to return to days of slavery (of any kind) as the historical writer warned about!
(Lora Ann Huff is a columist for the Daily Corinthian.)