I was disgusted to hear on the news yesterday that a 34 year old man died in a Black Friday rush at a Wal Mart in New York. What a spectacle. What an illustration of this country’s complete decadence.
To live a life — parents who raised you, all your friends, family and experiences and heartaches and joys and sadness — and to take a job just for the Christmas season only to have people break down the doors of a discount store selling cheap crap and crush you underfoot while the stampede of greedy human beings pressed onward to buy stuff they do not need.
That people would break down the doors to get in.
That people would push on over another person.
That people who may have been caught up in the crowd and unable to stop the press then continued on to shop and not stop and do something.
For cheap electronics.
For toys that will be broken in a few months.
For clothes to be crammed in already-full closets.
For DVDs that will be watched once or twice.
For this, a man died.
ouch! go take a look at this from the Onion and wince. It is satire, so maybe a little over the top, but too close to home on too many fronts.
What I’m trying to say is, don’t let the actions of a vocal few color your perceptions about what the majority of us are like.
Like me. I may be a Christian, but it’s not like I’m one of those wacko “love your neighbor as yourself ” types.
I’m here to tell you there are lots of Christians who aren’t anything like the preconceived notions you may have. We’re not all into “turning the other cheek.” We don’t spend our days committing random acts of kindness for no credit. And although we believe that the moral precepts in the Book of Leviticus are the infallible word of God, it doesn’t mean we’re all obsessed with extremist notions like “righteousness” and “justice.”
My faith in the Lord is about the pure, simple values: raising children right, saying grace at the table, strictly forbidding those who are Methodists or Presbyterians from receiving communion because their beliefs are heresies, and curing homosexuals. That’s all. Just the core beliefs. You won’t see me going on some frothy-mouthed tirade about being a comfort to the downtrodden.
there is much more at the link above.
Hat tip to catablog.
by the way, check out the comments on this post by Tom Ascol to see some of the thinking lampooned above. Look closely at the comments by Baptist Theology (Dr. Malcom Yarnell). very eye opening point of view. Starting with his “handle”. “Baptist theology”?
happy Thanksgiving to everyone. In spite of the recent economic crisis, we continue to live in one of the most blessed nations in the history of the world.
God, in his sovereignty and to praise of his glorious grace, has allowed this nation to prosper in a material way far beyond any previous nation’s prosperity. Let’s not be ungrateful. Let’s not take for granted the manifest blessings of cutting edge health care, public safety, comfort, and so much available food that we suffer from an obesity epidemic.
Most of all, let us be grateful for the freedom to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ whenever, however and in whatever venue we are led to do so.
At the same time, let us take seriously the threat to the Gospel that comes from the very blessings and prosperity mentioned above. People who are surrounded by such bountiful blessings and comfort are easily distracted from the Gospel. It is easy to equate our material prosperity with God’s favor and miss the equally likely possibility that it is the enemy’s attempt to distract us and to lull us into complacency.
we should take this day set aside for thanksgiving and we should be grateful to God that we live in this country at this time. Then let us encourage one another daily as long as it is called today so that none of us is hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
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