The great historian, Gibbons, who wrote The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, gave five reasons for the fall of the great dynasty.
First: Rapid increase of divorce, with the undermining of the sanctity of the home, which is the basis of society.
Second: Higher and higher taxes; the spending of money for bread and celebrations.
Third: The mad craze for pleasure, sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
Fourth: The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy was within; the decadence of the people.
Fifth: The decay of religion; faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life, and becoming impotent to guide it.
A review of these principal factors in the decline of the Roman Empire can easily be related to our own time, and may portend our own decline from the status of a prominent world power. "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Prov. 14:34.) Again, "Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah." (Ps. 33:12.)