Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
America's Shame (Part 1)
A Nation In Bondage
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: 'I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.'
Isaiah 44:6 (NKJV)
Who would form a god or mold an image that profits him nothing? Surely all his companions would be ashamed; And the workmen, they are mere men. Let them all be gathered together. Let them stand up; Yet they shall fear, they shall be ashamed together.
Isaiah 44:10-11 (NKJV)
America's fame brought America's shame on a glistening web named media. Its spinmeister is a snake turned spider, a.k.a. 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2). His airwaves enchant us with sights, sounds and lies. They spin us away from God.

The land of the free isn't free anymore. It screams to the world, 'Buy me. Buy what I wear. Buy what I sing. Buy what I say. Buy what I do. Buy, buy, buy.' So we bought and became impoverished. We bought into the American dream, but what has this dream become? A global shopping network?

If so, America's top seller is 'celebrity' itself--starting with the birth of Hollywood in the 1930s. Instead of an audience seeing one performer on one stage at one time, film enabled the same performer to multiply himself: to shine simultaneously in theaters all over the world.

Charisma was cloned.

Then we invented television and sold commercials to cover the cost. But it wasn't Proctor and Gamble who paid the price. We paid it. Advertisers fronted the money, but we bore the higher cost. I call it usury, and by it we were put into bondage.

We gave away our freedom, because lovers can be irrational, and we were in love. Stars came into our homes and became our idols. Busy moms like me left their children in front of a screen: a one-eyed babysitter called TV. In biblical terms, we sacrificed our children to idols. Most of us considered it good, clean fun.

But fake gold wears quickly, and the dirt began to show.

Riding on his wave of success, 'The prince of the power of the air' expanded his operation into a worldwide web. Its threads are uncountable, but technology moved them from our living rooms into our hands; from our hands into our eyes and our ears.

From there, invisible lines wrapped around our brains and covered our hearts. We were bound--as surely as a fly is bound by a spider.

But this spider wears Prada and calls itself a star. It invites the world to follow it, and millions do. In fact, anyone with a camera can shoot himself skyward. Some fly. Most sizzle. Many explode, and their fall is a fireworks display.

America, the land of the free, sold out. Like Esau, we got hungry and sold our birthright for a bowl of stew. We fed the beast in our bellies called lust. We ignored Who is right and invited what is evil.

Consider the United States today: We lead the world not only in debt, but also in narcissism, greed, idolatry and school shootings.

This is the American shame.

To Be Continued...

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the America's Shame series.


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