Against my better judgment, my wife and I recently visited our local shopping mall. It had been several months since our last visit, and we quickly discovered that things have changed for the worse. As we made our way through the crowded stores, I had an interesting thought. This must be what Hell is like.
Every vice was on display in this shopping center. The immodest and impure stores are the largest in the entire mall, and they proudly flaunt advertisements with their immoral models in a way that no one can avoid. The clothing stores all contain the most bizarre assortment of ridiculous “styles” imaginable. Seeing people actually wear these strange outfits reminded me of some sort of perverted devils.
Speaking of the people in the mall, they reminded of a sermon my parish priest once gave. “Without God, there is only confusion,” he said. I witnessed this firsthand as the hordes ran amuck soaking in the shallowness of consumerism. Long lines were the norm as customers couldn’t wait to get their hands on the latest immoral gadgets and fashions.
My wife and I eventually made our way down to the food court and were met with screaming children running wild as obese parents stuffed themselves with more greasy concoctions than they could possibly afford. The unhealthiest restaurants had the longest lines as people continually forked over money to finance their inevitable heart attacks. We quickly decided to skip the food court and save our money by eating at home.
As we made our way towards the exit we were greeted by throngs of children, barely in their teens, gleefully rushing towards the confused masses in the stores. I couldn’t help but wonder what their parents were doing. How could any mother or father allow their child free reign in such a dangerous place? Are parents too concerned with their own professional careers to focus on the most important task of protecting children from evil?
Needless to say, our short adventure in the mall was an unpleasant one. The bitter cold air outside was a welcome change to the revolting atmosphere my wife and I had just experienced. As we drove away I couldn’t help but realize that these shopping malls represent everything that is wrong with American society. Nobody cares about morals or ethics any longer. Antiquated concepts such as good and evil are no longer a part of our culture. Any action, no matter how evil, can easily be justified as a means to an end. I dread the day that American society must face the consequences of the evil it has sown. Will we even notice the warning signs of God’s impending justice, or will we all be too busy buying the latest fashions and selling our immortal souls at the local shopping mall?