I heard some research information shared by a speaker a while back that shocked me. I don’t shock easily, but this data really caught my attention, just like an alarm bell clanging in my ear. The message was clear, and the call to action urgent.
The research was historical in nature, reviewing the decline of multiple civilizations and empires throughout recorded history. This research showed conclusively that there is a definite pattern to the rise and fall of every great nation, empire, and civilization. The author asserts that the very same patterns appear in every single case, without fail or significant variance—and one key factor in every civilization is the role played by men in their families.
At the “front end” of a rising civilization, men are firmly, decisively in control, sometimes to the point of true, harsh, “male dominance.” With the rise of that civilization, the male changes from strict authoritarian to a kinder, more noble man. It is in this phase of civilization that society comes to full flower, experiencing great prosperity, stability, and growth. In the third stage, the male begins to disengage from his family, losing his nobility, and abandoning his role of leadership. Females in society are therefore forced to abandon their instinctive maternal roles and step forward to assume the leadership roles that men have relinquished. It is in this stage that society begins a rapid decline, eventually resulting in its demise.
According to this research, eight specific patterns of domestic behavior have signaled the downward spiral and imminent demise of every culture:
- Marriage lost its sacredness; it was frequently broken by divorce.
- Traditional meaning of the marriage ceremony was lost. Alternate forms and definitions of marriage arose, and traditional marriage vows were replaced by individual marriage contracts.
- Feminist movements appeared, and women lost interest in child bearing and mothering, preferring to pursue power and influence.
- Public disrespect for parents and authority in general increased.
- Juvenile delinquency, promiscuity, and rebellion accelerated
- People with traditional marriages refused to accept family responsibilities.
- Desire for and acceptance of adultery grew.
- Increased tolerance for sexual perversions of all kinds, particularly homosexuality, with a resultant increase in sex-related crimes.
Shocking, isn’t it? It’s just like reading today’s newspaper. If this research data is taken seriously, one can only conclude that America is a civilization in rapid decline—a nation in serious, imminent danger.
Obviously, this data must have been generated by some radical, far-right religious organization, probably with Republican connections and a serious political agenda. Who was it that released this startling indictment? Focus on the Family? Jerry Falwell? Promise Keepers? The Rutherford Institute? The answer will surprise you almost as much as the study’s conclusion shocked you. The author relates no religious affiliation whatsoever; in fact, in researching the author, I can find no evidence of religious affiliation or conservative political perspective.
The author was noted Sociologist and Historian Dr. Carle Zimmerman. His book, “Family and Civilization,” is a scholarly work, pure history, sociology, and science. Far from being current rhetoric from the “religious right,” the book was published in 1947.
Regardless of their credentials, when a conservative person of faith speaks out for family values in today’s troubled society, our statements are quickly discounted by some as “right wing religious propaganda.” It’s easy for them to discount us and our views; How will they respond to the almost prophetic writings of this respected man of letters, whose work predates the birth of many of their constituents?
That America is a nation in decline is undeniable. Is it too late to reverse that decline? I don’t think so. Such reversal will require men and women willing to stand tall and strong for the moral and ethical values that made America strong. It will require men willing to place nobility before personal gain, families before job promotions, and children before golfing buddies. It will require people of all stripes to humble themselves before God, seek His face, and turn from their wicked ways. It is a big job, but it’s possible—if we truly take our future, and the future of our children and grandchildren, seriously.