Recently, I have been intrigued by something eerie. Can you say "dead malls"? In my opinion, this phenomenon is due to our fading economy. An article from the New York Times titled "The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls" is an interesting read. And if you go on You Tube and type "dead malls" into the search engine dozens of videos come up.
It appears that the heyday of the retail era is slowly dying. As a teen growing up in the later 1970's, the mall was the place to go nearly every Saturday. Even as a mom with elementary school children (in the early 2000's), my friend and I met at the mall to walk, have coffee, shop, lunch and of course talk-talk-talk.
Definitely, our country has turned a page in its history. With our national debt in the trillions of dollars and the recent rumblings in the world economy, wars and the threat of nuclear war, where are we headed? As I watch the nightly news I see the elements of hate and destruction flashed across the screen. Lawlessness, lies, deceit, appear to be the norm; a new way of living life. And what about the phrase "politically correct"? Well, it appears to be a new lifestyle to be ascertained, however in my opinion its a poison to drink resulting in becoming a zombie.
Evil is being fed to us as goodness and true goodness is being touted as evil. The Bible says in Isaiah 5:20, " Woe unto 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!" Is this what is happening to America? It seems then that these "dead malls" are a picture of what is happening to our society. What once was a great nation is now dying. But the real tragedy is what is becoming of Americans. Are we dying?
I cannot end this post without pointing the way to life. There is real life available, but you have to be willing to let go of your "dead mall" life. I point to the Bible, where it says in John 1:4, "In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." This passage speaks of "Jesus". By his own admission, He says, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." In Jesus, there is life everlasting, the truth, and the way we really start living is through Him. Yes, all have sinned and fall short (Romans 3:23), but we have a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. A fantastic deal...forgiveness is FREE! But its a limited time offer, don't miss out.