Rome had so
conquered its domain, achieving dominion, knowledge and wealth in
varied disciplines of warfare, science, art, & architecture among
others, that citizens had leisure and could enjoy the glorious
civilization. But nations, like individuals, when strife for
survival is no longer demanding, can feel the emptiness inside of
our fallen nature rather than being able to enjoy what was built. An
entire population can become unruly when it has time on its hands.
Governments should be directing their citizen’s to higher
aspirations, but without leadership, a people can fall to its baser
Amusements have a shelf life before they become boring. A joke can
only be told once and be funny. Wealth in our own time is producing
darker and darker forms of entertainment as society is continually
desensitized and requires more and more stimulation.
The ugly bottom of this never-ending craving can become a bloodlust,
the desire to see others suffer. The self-hatred inside an empty
soul can be hyped up and projected towards a scapegoat who seems
offensive enough to be blamed for one’s own fallen emotions. The
Romans offered up the Christians who in faith to Christ were trying
not to ride along with the corrupted culture but received the
forgiveness of God and fullness of the Holy Spirit.
As Gladys Knight
once sung, “I’d
rather live in his world, than live without him in mine.”