Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday

Arriving at my 24-Hour Fitness at 6 a.m., I got a shocking reminder: this is Black Friday—parking lots full and department stores already packed with bargain hunters. Yes, in America, the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday, kicking off the Christmas shopping season. If “consumerism” were a religion (does idolatry come to mind?) wouldn't this be its most sanctified day?

Ironically, "black" is also the 'color' ascribed to catastrophic stock market days. In 1989—one of the greatest declines in ‘market’ history was dubbed "Black Monday. And it was “Black Tuesday” that set in motion the Great Depression of 1929.
Black seems to be the color of money!

Black is the color of the night, and of evil. Black is void and empty. It represents sorrow or mourning—the traditional color of death. But, and I think most significantly, black is the ‘color’ that does not emit or reflect light. John says: “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all." And goes on to warn that we have no fellowship with God if we live in spiritual darkness (1 John 1:5-6 NLT).

So go ahead you who are godly “bargain hunters.” Do your thing today. But remember this: “For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil; and some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:10). And wouldn't that be a black day!

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