THANKSGIVING AND GREED – THINGS THAT CAN’T GO TOGETHER
“Thanksgiving offers tradition, family, and contentment; Black Friday offers smart phones at drastically reduced prices. In America, we all know who wins that battle. So Black Friday, like a black hole, violently expanded; it absorbed the light that surrounded it and sucked everything into its terrifying abyss, where all substance is torn to shreds and obliterated. Black Friday could not be contained to a mere 24 hours. It is Consumerism. It wants more. It always wants more. Nothing is sacred to it; nothing is valuable. So, now, Black Friday has eaten Thanksgiving alive. Thanksgiving let out a desperate cry as Black Friday devoured its soul, but we barely noticed. It’s hard to hear anything when you’re wrestling 4,000 other people for buy one get one free cargo shorts at Old Navy.” – Matt Walsh
“What will the next four days say about who you are? Are you a coveter? Are you moved by Greed? Are you thankful for what you have?
Please do not understand me, there is nothing wrong with shopping this weekend. I bought a stove and microwave a few weeks ago and still go the Black Friday specials. I am not saying “don’t spend money.” But what I am asking is that you use this weekend as an opportunity to evaluate your heart.
WHY do you spend?
Answering that question honestly might just expose some things in your heart you won’t want to know. As James, the brother of of our Lord, says . . .
“Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God!” (James 4:4)
What does your desire for more say about your desire for God?”
– Thad Bergmeier