“…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.