There have been a lot of discussions lately on the stores opening on Thanksgiving to give shoppers an opportunity to shop and get ready for the Christmas season. Here is my two cents worth – and something to think about for those of us that are Christians.
Have we become so worldly and materialistic in our society that we can’t allow the stores to close one day and allow its employees to spend times with their families on a holiday? Stores can’t close on Thanksgiving? Christmas? (Yes, stores will be open Christmas this year to give everyone the opportunity to trade in the “stuff” they got they did not want or can not wear). Years ago, when I was growing up, all of the stores would be closed on Sundays, and you know what, we made plans accordingly. We did not starve. We did not hurt – we took a day off. Now all restaurants are opened on Sundays, and retail stores are orchestrating the opportunities for us to get “better deals” and more ”stuff” on days we would spend (and should spend) with our families. Shame on the corporate world! Shame on us for supporting such by playing their games! We talk about video games – the world has us playing their games all of the time.
This denotes again that we have become more materialistic than we care to admit – and may I ask, “What have all these material goods gotten us?” We want what we want and we want it right now. We will trample on our fellow human beings to get something that will be worthless in a couple of years (consider technology). What a sad situation this is – allowing this to control us so we can brag about what a great deal we were able to get.
I have thought a lot about Sundays and how everything used to be closed on that day to give all people an opportunity to worship God. Please understand that not everyone will go to church, but if they did not have to go to work would they take advantage of the opportunity? We Christians go to eat at restaurants on Sundays, and, sadly, some of the rudest people in the world are those who claim to be Christians, yet treat waiters/waitresses as the scum of the earth. Shame on us! Not every order will be right, not every waiter will be attentive – and we act like it’s the end of the world when they don’t treat us “right”. Will we starve because it is not right? We need to remember that Jesus died for these souls as he died for us – let’s treat people with the respect they inherently have because they are created in the image of God.
Just my opinions! I know that some will be offended by this, but we need to really ask ourselves – when did it become all about us? When did it become about getting more stuff? Are our lives determined by stuff, or by our relationships with God and others? What really matters?
Something to think about!