The Alarm is Sounding

(Originally written October, 1993)

I was sound asleep in my motel room on the fourth floor. Suddenly I was awakened by the piercing sound. After a short while I realized that it was the fire alarm and that I needed to get out. After throwing on some clothes, I quickly went down the stairway. Probably a hundred of us stood outside talking, clothed in various forms of sleepwear at 1:30 in the morning. After about twenty minutes we were told it was a false alarm and allowed to head back to our room.

After recently reviewing the cultural indicators on the attachment, I wonder if we are hearing the piercing sound of the alarms as they blare all around us. I don’t think that these are false alarms. We have slipped so slowly into decay that we haven’t noticed how far that we have fallen.

U.S. Senate chaplain Richard Halverson writes:

In my ten years as chaplain of the Senate, I cannot remember a time of greater frustration among members of Congress and their staffs, or more expressions of anger from the people.”

Halverson then quotes an 18th century historian, Alexander Fraser Tytler, who wrote a book titled “The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic.” Tytler wrote:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with a result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through the following 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 complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependency;
from dependency to bondage.”

Reading Tytler’s analysis of history, written long before America began her decline, and seeing our current craze that our government can solve all of our problems with its bankrupt treasury, many historians believe we are entering the first phase of the last step. The alarm is sounding, but all we hear are the sirens of pleasures, possessions, and prestige which we are chasing. Will it take bondage to force us to return to our foundations? Solomon, the wisest King of all time, was told that the answer was in humility, prayer, seeking God, and repentance. Will we as a nation seek the same forgiveness and healing or will we continue down the broad pathway to destruction?

Running for safety,

Kent Humphreys


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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