She will bear a son; and you shall call his name JesusMatthew 1:21
For unto us a child is born. Unto us a son is given.Isaiah 9:6
Believe it or not
by H. F. Holguin
According to many writers, Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and love. Many people do a lot of good deeds for others. We are supposed to demonstrate love and be generous toward others. There are many who will do this.
However, we see in the news media how some people will behave toward each other when they go shopping. There are those who will wait in line before a store opens to be the first inside the store. The reason for this is to get an item that is supposed to be a "great buy." Some people even sleep in tents outside the store to make sure they succeed in getting what they intend to buy.
A few years ago, a Wal-Mart employee in Chicago who was about 6 feet 5 inches and weighed over 300 pounds was trampled by shoppers after he opened the door. He died. Why do people behave like this when they go shopping for what they perceive to be a great buy? A woman in another big city got into an argument with another woman over her place inline. One of them pulled out a knife and stabbed the other one to death.
Does all this occur because we have become very materialistic and are obsessed with material possessions? Unfortunately, there are a lot of these incidents occurring during this time that is supposed to be a time of joy and love. Are businesses wrong in having these kinds of sales to lure customers into their stores? In business, the objective (bottom line) is to make a profit. Apparently the businesses that do this know how people react toward this type of manipulation and use it to make a profit.
I doubt that we will ever see people stand outside a church the night before to attend a church service. Black Friday says a lot about the times we live in.