Should Christians Take Part in Black Friday?
Well, all right, mayhem maybe a little heavy-handed, but just watch some of the videos of Black Friday crowds and you would think people were fighting for the last gallon of water on the planet. You will see people on display anger, greed, envy, pride, lying, gluttony and scammers and that maybe even before you leave the house. Knowing this type of environment is out there should Christians take part in Black Friday?
Greed-This one immediately comes to mind. black friday Greed is defined as an excessive desire for material wealth. We forget the spiritual things and are only interested in material possessions. We will leave family and friends on Thanksgiving to make sure that we get that latest and greatest gadget on Black Friday.
Anger-This one usually comes when we can’t get the object that we desire. If someone tries to take our latest and greatest gadget on Black Friday we tend to get a little angry. All right we get plenty angry. Fights have broken out over who was the first in line or who got to the gadget first on Black Friday.
Envy-This usually happens if I don’t get the latest and greatest gift. I see the line at the store and become envious of those at the front. Once we get inside and don’t get what we want, we are envious of the people that did get the prize.
Lying-For this one there are too many different scenarios to list. It could be having the Black Friday “virus” and missing work the next day. It could be lying to our loved ones on why we have to leave Thanksgiving. This one really isn’t necessary because most people know where you are going anyway. It could be any other lie that we tell just to get around the truth of what we will be doing.
Pride-This one usually comes when we actually get the latest and greatest. We fell puffed up and proud that we were able to accomplish our goal. We usually forget to thank God for giving us the income purchase the item, the health to go out and get the item and prayerfully making it back home safely.
Gluttony-This one usually comes after we have 1 of the latest and greatest, but we see a chance to get multiple of the latest and greatest. Besides we think we can give them as presents. Or we think maybe we can sell them for more profit (see greed). Whatever the thought 1 is just not enough and many is not too much.
Scammed-This usually occurs after greed, anger, envy, and lying if we don’t get the latest and greatest. Because we are upset we now become more easily mislead to any shady deal that has a modicum of truth to it. We missed out on the great video game console deal in the store so we are more than happy to get an email that we can get an even better deal from Bob’s Online Discount. The problem is that with Bob he takes your payment information, you don’t get the console and you bank account gets drained.
So should Christians sleep though Black Friday all together to avoid all this temptation? Absolutely not. Black Friday is just a day like any other. It is not either good or bad. The key is found in Galatians 5:22-23-But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these there is no law.
If we just focus on these virtues then we will be equipped not just for Black Friday, but for every day of the year. Have a wonderful and blessed holiday.