Posted by: Pastor | November 27, 2010

HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY!

Is it appropriate to say Happy Black Friday? Or, does that somehow violate the so-called “separation of church and state?” (Heaven help us if it offends Muslims or atheists!)  Frankly it has never seemed to be a very inspiring name for a day that is the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season. I am offended—but who care’s any longer about what offends Christians?

More specifically Black Friday marks the commercial kick-off to the holidays. It’s when people storm the country’s biggest retailers looking for bargains, often lining up at three in the morning waiting for the doors to open then rampaging through the aisles like a herd of panicked cattle. I believe there have been years when shoppers have actually been trampled to death. Or close to it, I think. I know that the word black was originally a reference to the stores’ bottom lines; for a lot of retailers this was the make or break day in terms of whether they would have a profitable selling season. And there is nothing wrong with that, especially in this economy. And, who does not like a bargain?

However, perhaps the Black in Black Friday reminds us of the darkness of the lost human heart and life that rejects The Life but risks life and limb for a discount, that seeks treasures on Earth and rejects treasure in Heaven, that revels in discount electronics and rejects the Son of God and that fails to comprehend the Light (John 1:4-11) but will contemplate darkness in Hell for all eternity. Black Friday indeed!

Jesus is the reason for the season! II Corintians 9:15 , “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. “ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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