Edward Gibbon...The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and "The Hymn of the Welfare State"

In 1787, after 20 years of labor, Edward Gibbon completed his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  In it he attributed the fall of the Empire as being

1. “The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.”

2.  “Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.”

3. “The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.”

4. “The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within, the decadence of the people.”

5. “The decay of religion–faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.”

I have begun reading Volume I God and Government A Biblical and Historical Study by Gary DeMar .  The first chapter in and of itself has given me much food for thought.  The family was designed by God.  If we want to see real change in America it will have to begin in our families.

Andrew Murray is an author that I love.  In one of his books he wrote, “In the home on earth, in the love of husband and wife, or parent and child. God wanted to reflect the love of the Father’s home in heaven.”

This is the deep and very real need in America today.

Otherwise we have the welfare state...an anonymous author wrote this “The Hymn of the Welfare State”

“The Government is my shepherd,

Therefore I need not work.

It alloweth me to lie down on a good job.

It leadeth me beside still factories;

It destroyeth my initiative.

It leadeth me in the path of a parasite for politic’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of laziness and deficit-spending,

I will fear no evil, for the Government is with me.

It prepareth an economic Utopia for me, by appropriating the earnings of my grandchildren.

It filleth my head with false security;

My inefficiency runneth over.

Surely the Government should care for me for all the days of my life!

And I shall dwell in a fool’s paradise for ever.”


I found the information about Gibbon and The Hymn of the Welfare State  in the book “Down to Earth the laws of the harvest” by John W. Lawrence.