There are many things in life that cause me to wonder about the depravity of man: The murder of innocent children in a mother's womb. The beheading of innocent people to make a religiously motivated political statement. Coercing mentally handicapped to strap on suicide bombs. The abuse of children in all forms.
But last Friday, "Black Friday", the greed and selfishness of man took on an sickening and revolting new face. In order to get a desired sale price, people literally trampled a young man to death because he happened to open the doors at Wal-Mart for early shoppers. He was knocked down, stomped on and killed. For what? A flatscreen television? A Barbie-doll tricycle? Black Friday, indeed.
The day after Thanksgiving is dubbed "Black Friday" because stores hope to get the red-ink off their records by selling so much merchandise it puts them in the black. That's it. That's what provoked the rush of people through those doors. Four or five items priced extremely low to entice multitudes in to shop for those few pieces and more. Black Friday. Greed. Selfishness. Indifference to humanity.
Two customers arguing at Toys 'R' Us present two angry men with an opportunity to draw guns and shoot one another. Over what? Elmo? Black Friday. Indifference to human life.
Can we afford the Black Fridays of life? Are we so self-centered in society that we fail to recognize a human being beneath our feet in our quest of shopping?
I may not trample over a body, but do I stop to consider the lostness of a soul as I pass on my way to fulfill my own desires? Am I any less depraved than the Wal-Mart shoppers? Will Christmas be all about me? About purchasing the "perfect" gift in order to receive the adoration from another? Or will Christmas be about giving so the Lord of Lord and King of Kings is glorified? I pray, the latter. selahV