The Steady Decay of the Small American City

Homelessness, poverty

Recently while on a trip, this writer crossed through several small American cities.

A few larger cities were also visited, but it was the smaller cities which immediately attracted attention.  Actually, it was what the smaller cities had become: a festering, rotting sore of urban blight which, 20 years ago, would have attracted the attention of not only the local residents, but state and perhaps national leaders as well.

Where once there was manufacturing–sometimes a small manufacturing concern, sometimes a large one–TODAY there are only abandoned buildings and empty lots.  Occasionally, another business has bought, renovated and now uses what was, once upon a time, a thriving manufacturing company employing hundreds.

Where once there was a business district or two, NOW there are mostly empty buildings and streets featuring holes of various sizes.

Where once there was a wide assortment of national and local business operations, TODAY there stands a collection of boarded up buildings or a collection of those who either 1- base their business on sin (bars, taverns, gambling parlors, liquor stores) OR 2- operate businesses which were once primarily associated with poverty, low income or distressed areas (payday loans, pawn shops, “junk” stores, “collectibles/antiques“)

Oh, there are still pockets or oases of business activity: usually a strip mall or two or along busy highways.  But like one “business center”which was scrutinized, these “hot spots” contain dollar stores, Goodwill, a few fast food restaurants, empty buildings, busted streets and roads, and perhaps a few “REAL” businesses like a grocery or hardware store.

But these little pockets of business activity  looked a little shopworn.

It would have been shocking had there been a way to compare the small cities of today with the small cities of twenty or thirty years ago.  But only memory marks the change.

The erosion has been gradual.

The rot has come in small increments.

And, so little-by-little, the locals accept the hollowing out of their urban centers as “something which just happened” and which will one day be remedied.

It is telling that local, state and regional political leaders spend most of their time distracting the mostly well-meaning local folks from the squalor which now surrounds them with promises of The-Big-Rock-Candy-Mountain-to-come–IF ONLY the locals will be patient and trust the politicians.  There are various promises–to fix the holes in the roads; to bring in JOBS; to make the town more friendly for business–but very, very little to show for all of the many, many promises.

Many small American towns and cities even have their own homeless–once a sign of the big city.

It is too bad this obsolescence of the small city has been planned by largely the same ones promising to fix what’s wrong.

At some point soon, the circumstance WILL become better–for a very short time.

However, the locals may only barely notice, having likely moved on to other, more important matters by then.

HAS the reader noticed the erosion in any small cities or town?

DOES the reader comfort himself with thoughts of “Oh, they’ll get around to fixing that. They always have before”?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

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“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 22, 2019.]





by Jeremiah James
–with Mondo Frazier

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