In one sentence each, Thomas briefly highlights a number of incidents of public violence around America. He then sums up their significance, stating, "In the era of flash mobs and a growing entitlement mentality fueled by politicians and 'income inequality' alarmists, these far-too-frequent instances now seem to be symptomatic of a decaying culture." He sees failure to instill traditional values that have well served previous generations is a big factor in America's cultural decline.
He further observes: "People and nations must be ruled by something, or there is anarchy. Either it is God, or secular laws that control our lower nature. Today, we are out of control as we pursue happiness through prosperity in the false hope that money and things will satisfy . . . As the ancient writer said, 'Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.' (Ecclesiastes 5:10 Ecclesiastes 5:10He that loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loves abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
American King James Version×) Who today is satisfied with their income and circumstances?"
This unusual column highlighted Americans' often reckless spending on Black Friday, the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday that commonly marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Thomas likened it to what King David wrote in Psalms 12:8 Psalms 12:8The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.
American King James Version×: "The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men."
Today far too many call evil good and good evil (see Isaiah 5:20 Isaiah 5:20Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
American King James Version×). Living a balanced, godly life helps counter these growing blots on American life. To begin living a spiritually abundant life yourself (John 10:10 John 10:10The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
American King James Version×), read the free booklet Making Life Work. (Sources: FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner.)