All Empires Must Die

May 2, 2008
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The following is taken from an article by David Vaughn (no direct relation) found at kitco.com

“HISTORY TEACHES THREE pretty clear messages. One is that all empires die. Second, empires take a long time to die. Finally, the citizens of the empire rarely recognize the warning signs for what they are.” “Empires think they have beaten the rule of change. They haven’t. Empires think size will protect them. It won’t. Empires think their military might will protect them. It won’t. Empires think charismatic leaders will protect them. They won’t. Nothing will. The old makes way for the new. The American empire is beginning to die.” – San Francisco Chronicle

The US dollar is the component that helps to keep the US Empire afloat. What happens as the dollar continues to sink?

Laurence M. Vance –

“The kingdom of Alexander the Great reached all the way to the borders of India. The Roman Empire controlled the Celtic regions of Northern Europe and all of the Hellenized states that bordered the Mediterranean. The Mongol Empire, which was the largest contiguous empire in history, stretched from Southeast Asia to Europe. The Byzantine Empire spanned the years 395 to 1453. In the sixteenth century, the Ottoman Empire stretched from the Persian Gulf in the east to Hungary in the northwest; and from Egypt in the south to the Caucasus in the north. At the height of its dominion, the British Empire included almost a quarter of the world’s population. Nothing, however, compares to the U.S. global empire. What makes U.S. hegemony unique is that it consists, not of control over great land masses or population centers, but of a global presence unlike that of any other country in history.”

What destroys empires? Often it is not a weakened military. Many empires throughout the ages have fallen having a strong military. Obviously there are other external factors that weigh in the balance. The financial stability of a nation affects its overall strength. The US is strong militarily but its economic structure is weakening more and more every day. And of course the elements we refer to as the agents of destruction are a heavy debt load and a currency that is losing its value around the world.”

Contrary to the tone of this piece and most of the economic data that is filling the news, we are not pessimistic about the future.  I have no doubt this economy and this nation as it currently exists has seen the peek of it’s time here upon the the Earth.  I am not certain what the final chapters will hold for America, but I do know this; whatever it is, God has planned it before the foundations of the world.  He requires the same faithfulness of his people in bad times as He does in good times and whats more, He cares for us just the same in either.

The question we ask, when we look at the political and economic landscape around us, is not what are we going to do if something really bad happens, but rather how can God be glorified and how can we be positioned to serve his people regardless of the circumstances around us.

If the Bible and history teach us one thing, it is that nations come and nations go; but the Lord, the Creator of Heaven and Earth shall remain forever.