Someone said to me, “Loan me some money, I want to go shopping on Black Friday.” Giving to a friend or family member in need has never been a problem, but why would you want to be indebted to me for something that is not a need, but a want. Then I realized, this is what most people do with their credit cards. They create a debt that can be avoided simply because they have fallen victim to the hype of a commercialized holiday season.
Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the spirit of gratitude and thanks for all that God has provided. I have never been a fan of the Pilgrims and that whole eat, drink and be merry with the Native Americans. The true American history tells a story of a people that killed, enslaved and abused other races to get what they wanted. So I don’t find it surprising that this holiday of Thanksgiving is nothing more than another opportunity to feed the greed of corporations and people alike.
What is even more disappointing, is the fact that we are willing to harm our fellow man just because advertisers dangled shiny objects before us. Two people were shot in Florida, a handgun was brandished in Texas, and a Target store in Colorado was used for some high-risk target practice on Black Friday. This mayhem began on Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, Florida when local news reported that two people, a black male and a black female, were shot in a Wal-Mart parking lot in an apparent dispute over a parking space.
There are those who would say, “Brown that’s not fair, what’s wrong with shopping and getting good deals?” To that I say, “Nothing if you are being a good steward over what God has entrusted you with.” That also means feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the sick…….. “You know the rest!”
Black Friday was truly a black eye on the spirit of all humanity and I pray we take a good look at what we have accepted as the new normal behavior. If you got money that’s just burning a whole in your pocket, let me suggest making a donation to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.