"May you live in interesting times" is a supposed Chinese curse. I don't think anyone has ever proven it is a Chinese saying but culturally obtuse Americans can label a saying whatever they want. Calling it a curse is a truism regardless of the source.
As Susan indicated in the comments of the last post, its been an interesting week.
There is evidence that the Whitehouse is directing private enterprises to ban the sale of the Stars and Bars, also known as the Confederate Battle Flag. Apparently this flag is "hurtful" to a significant number of Americans.
I'm not sure the root cause of the hurt. This flag wasn't thought of as hurtful in 1866. The conquering Union Army did not ban it during or after reconstruction. It was not thought of as harmful or degrading by those who were actually enslaved prior to 1865.
The children of black slaves didn't object to the flag, nor did their children, or theirs or even the generation of blacks after that. It would appear that this outrage is a newly acquired phenomenon. There has been no legal institutional racism against blacks in this country in my life time. In fact for over 45 years blacks in America have had the exact opposite of anti-black racism. They have enjoyed affirmative action and direct money transfers from whites. Call it wealth distribution or welfare either way white Americans paid money to black Americans, for what no one is exactly sure.
We are told that the word "nigger" is the most offensive thing a black person can be called. I can count on one hand how many times I have heard a white person say it in a degrading manor in the last 20 years. For the last 15 years I have been in the company of rednecks. Yet "nigger" is how blacks talk about themselves.
Another thing I find interesting about America's racial situation: It is OK for mobs of blacks to attack helpless whites to beat and rob them. It happens frequently enough that now it hardly makes mainstream national news. It's OK for blacks to riot at the drop of a hat over police racism, even if they know it didn't happen and they know the white cop was morally in the right. Black leaders say they want "power" so they can "stick it to the man". Some of them even want a race war.
A doped up white kid shoots up a black church killing innocent black people. A white women risks her life after she spots him and trails him directing the police to arrest him. White cops risk their lives to make that arrest. White people all over the country send money to the black families harmed by this nut job. A most likely white jury is going to convict him of his crimes. Whites can't do anything right.
According to the demigods enthroned at Sodom on Potomac what white America needs is to give up our guns and flags that remind of freedom. Interestingly no blacks are rioting over this shooting. The one time a white person actually engages in a racially motivated crime, no one wants to take to the streets in a violent attack on the privileged whites.
Actual violent racism, as opposed to the kind that Rachel Dolezal fights against, is scary stuff and prompting a race war and fighting the man is a good fund raiser slogan for Rev. Al (what church does he preach for again) Sharpton, but a really bad idea when whites might shoot back.
Speaking of ancient civilizations destroyed by a fascination for butt sex and other lawless behavior: the Supreme (only in its own imagination) Court of the (once but not for much longer) United States checked their brains at the gay bar before ordering a collective lobotomy from their health (lack of) care provider.
No matter what a group of black robed dictators say, marriage is between a man and a women. Period.
So is all of this going to bring about the end of the world?
I doubt it. That doesn't mean that the United States is going to be around in 50 years, or even 25. This week the US officially ceased to be a Christian Nation. Many thought that happened with Roe V Wade, myself included. After all how much worse could it get? We now know. Unless we repent, we are going to face the same judgment that every other hedonistic culture has. We will decline.
I have no idea if the decline will be violent and fast, or a slow slouching towards sleaze, disease and atrophy. In the long run all cultures die. Western civilization American style is gasping for breath and going down for the third time.
There is no mention of the United States, or of any people group that can even remotely be ascertained as belonging to The West (new world) in either Revelation or any of the other books of Biblical prophecy. I don't think its because 400 million of us get raptured. It's because we will have long since ceased to be relevant.