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Black Friday Critique

November 29, 2013

Black Friday is the grandiose testimony of American consumerism. It has devolved to the point that for some it starts on Thanksgiving Day. The shoppers depart, leaving their families to finish eating dinner, baited into the stores with prices too good to be true. Others will sleep outside the big box electronic stores waiting to be one of the first in to get a great deal. This day is said to make-or-break the retail stores in America, but to what effect on the American family? This day there will be millions racked up on credit cards. People will divert the stress of the spending to a later date. Jesus speaks to this issue long before there was ever a Black Friday.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)

Today put the credit cards up. Do not go shopping. Reverse Black Friday. Instead of spending, give. Maybe search your house for things to give to a local charity. Or go serve at a food kitchen as a family. Take this day back, and honor God with it.

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