We live in an age of transition. Just as the Pax Britannica and the British Empire that had dominated the world stage during the 19th century came to an end in the early years of the 20th century, so too the Pax Americana and the American Empire that dominated the 20th century are coming to an end in the early years of the 21st.
As with the Roman Empire, the signs of the American decline are the same; weighed down by debt and an increasingly worthless currency, the empire sags under the terrible burden of trying to feed an increasingly indolent and decadent population. The bread and circuses that demagogues use to stay in power have to be paid for, so the legions that once kept the peace worldwide are gradually withdrawn from the far-flung borders they once defended and the barbarian advances are no longer seriously contested. Prior alliances and assurances become almost worthless, and stripped of that protection, nations that were once civilized sink into anarchy and darkness. War, rather than peace, becomes the prevailing wind on the frontiers. Other empires, eager to fill the power vacuum left by the American retreat, begin to arise, and people begin to look to powers like Russia and China for support, commerce and protection from the Barbarians. America takes the place that Britain occupied after the Second World War, still classed as a superpower, but no longer really able to act as one, and in reality only the hollow husk of the great nation she once was.
The tides have shifted and are now flowing east. The West, having abandoned the Christian religion that once made it great, is gradually buried by the silt of its own decay. We live now in a civilization lit only by the dying embers of a once bright and shining light. Will those embers be extinguished and the culture be plunged into a darkness that will make this present moment seem like “the good old days?” Or will the Lord be gracious to bring another Great Awakening that will fan the embers into flame once again?