Instructive quote

As we go into the elections, there is a quote many prominent speakers have used that we all need to read. It is often attributed to Alexander Fraser Tyler, a Scottish judge and historian that lived 1748-1813, but there are those who question its origin. I am not as concerned about the authorship of this quote, as to the focus of its truth. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.” It is interesting to note how accurate it details the past and how much we have progressed along that predicted line. I believe our nation has already put its first foot into this bondage and our second foot is already lifted to enter it. I do not see much hope for our nation if this continues other than by God’s mercy. This all goes back to the familiar passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” It first begins with Christians being the Church Jesus called us to be and not being like the world around us. We must stop blaming everyone else when God says it starts with His people. John Otto Williamsport Submitted by Virtual Newsroom