Is America choking?

“…the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it become unfruitful” (Mark 4:19, KJV).

America is one of the most ironic nations on earth. There are likely more copies of God’s word in print in our great land than any place on the planet. Yet, we are choking to death. Families, individuals, churches, are choking for lack of biblical understanding. Cancers are spreading, and enemies of the gospel abound. We are nearer death as a nation than we’d like to admit. In some ways, we’re dead already (see: 1 Timothy 5:6).

The rise of violent Islamic extremism is rearing its ugly head on American soil again. This is a direct result of the word of God being choked, and lives not being transformed thereby. We have trusted in our horses and iron chariots (so to speak), and we now face an enemy who has respect for neither.

While at a restaurant the other day, my son tapped a man on the shoulder, thinking it was me. The man was so enamored by his cell phone screen, he didn’t even notice.

Americans do not have their heads buried in the sand. Even worse, we have buried them in our gadgets. In every town, on every corner, in every shop, at every restaurant, it is eerily prophetic: Americans can be seen bowing their heads to the enemy, offering our necks to the sword for a moment’s pleasure. Like Ephraim of old, we have become downright silly (Hosea 7:11).

How, under the guise of “liberty” we have sold ourselves to the enemy for our precious trinkets! How we have clamored for freedom of pleasure rather than God’s correction!

If we do not repent and let God’s word reign in our lives, I fear that America – perhaps the greatest nation to ever exist – and still, in many ways, the greatest place in the world to live – is on course to become the laughing stock of the world, and history.

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Rick Kelley

I began preaching in Wallace, WV (2000-2002), and worked with the church in Proctor, WV (2002-2004). I graduated from the West Virginia School of Preaching (2004), served the church in Prestonsburg, KY as pulpit minister from 2004-2014, and am currently laboring with the Massillon, OH congregation (2014-present). Outside of biblical studies, I enjoy spending time with my much better half, Samantha, and our six children (Christian, Hannah, Noah, Emma, Evan & Leah). We have an equal parts sweet and goofy Golden Retriever (Max), a rather energetic Australian Shepherd (Mallie), and a very chill Goldendoodle (Moses).

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8 thoughts on “Is America choking?

  1. Rick,
    Thank you for your thoughts! Your article would be well suited for every church bulletin in America! We are truly bowing our heads and our lives unto our gadgets, instead of the Word of God!
    oo

  2. Proverbs 1:20 -33

    I had once commented that some were going to be God’s laughing stock. Another chided me for saying God would laugh at anyone. Later I found this passage. It seems that God will find reason to laugh at our calamity, not because we are funny, rather because we are are so foolish and stubborn.

    Thank you for getting our attention, before it’s too late. We can trust God’s hand or fall into it. The outcomes are completely different.

    1. Thanks Stephen. Great passage and analysis. I would have to agree with your assessment. Thanks for your encouragement.

  3. best and worse thing I have read all day.., it is so true and pitiful, for the great land of the FREE..

    1. Hi Pearlene! Hope you’re doing well. Good to hear from you, and thanks for the kind words. Certainly, America is becoming a bittersweet place to live.

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