Friday, November 23, 2007

BLACK FRIDAY FOR BELIEVERS TOO?

It happens every year and never ceases to amaze me, Black Friday! The day that is the unofficial start of the Christmas season. Where people around this great country of ours make incredible sacrifices in order to save money on those must have items. While there are many places to go in a discussion of the sad reality that makes up Black Friday, lets talk about two. First and foremost in my mind is the question of just how many of the participants are followers of Christ? And of those that are, would they make the same effort for their Lord? By that I mean, would they get up at 4:00 am for the Lord? These stores are opening earlier and earlier, attempting to draw as many shoppers as possible. Here is an account from one such shopper;

"At a Toys "R" Us store in Cherry Hill, N.J., the Torres family from Camden came for Microsoft Zune MP3 players, which were selling for less than half the usual $200.
They secured their spot in line at 1:30 a.m., then sent some family members to Kohl's to pick up toys, watches, a portable DVD player and a griddle in a frenzied 4 a.m. shopping spree that they said took all of six minutes.
They also nabbed four Zune MP3 players.
"It's called teamwork," said Christal Torres, 19."

In a time when many believers struggle to find time to spend with the Lord in His Word and prayer, it seems to not be a problem for many to rise before the dawn in order to make that coveted purchase. Would that all believers be willing to make such a sacrifice for their Lord. The other thing I wonder about on this day is the monetary sacrifice. Again wondering only about believers, how many who will be out today sacrificing financially for their purchases, will do the same this Sunday? Hw many who are out today giving beyond the first of their best with great joy, cannot find it within themselves to do that for the Lord?

Just a few questions in my mind as today is celebrated as the beginning of the Christmas season. A time, in theory, that we are to reflect and enjoy the reality that Jesus Christ humbled himself and came to this earth born of a virgin, to save sinners from a literal Hell. How in the world it has become what it has, is a testimony to the genius of the marketers and moneychangers. Like the ones that our Lord came upon in His Fathers house. If you do not know that accounting in the Gospels, you might want to check it out!

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pastor tom
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