“Black Friday” vs. “The Gift of the Magi”
At least not in our commercial, materialistic world.
We’re moving hot and heavy into CHRISTMAS. Decorations are going up. Carols are being heard. And, most important of all, we are encouraged to BUY, BUY, BUY!
Traditionally, Black Friday, the kick-off for the Christmas Season in our stores in the US has been on the Friday after Thanksgiving. NO LONGER! Many retailers are having “Black Friday” sales this weekend. Of course, this is driven by the poor state of a “we are out of the recession” economy.
People are already frantic to get the latest in electronics or the hottest gizmo in their kids’ lists. Gosh golly darn… can’t do without the latest, the neatest, the coolest, can we?
And then we complain about how our kids are spoiled or self-centered.
How’d they get to be that way?
We complain about materialism at the same time we support it.
Let’s think about how all this “gift giving” got started:
The Gifts of the Magi and the Shepherds
The Magi brought gifts to honor and celebrate the birth of Jesus. It was an act of worship. It was an act of love.
The shepherds brought their music and their adoration.
Now, before the mad rush begins, pause and think.
What gifts do really want to give our children? Do we want the focus to be on the materialistic trinkets that abound? Do we really want them to have “everything” their little hearts desire?
And what about us? Do we really need the latest and the best gizmo?
Our pastor has already challenged us to take 50% of what we planned to spend on gifts for Christmas and return it to God, to support His work.
In my family, we will do at least that.
Or do we succumb to the lure and power of Black Friday?
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