It is Black Friday and people are out and about, seeking, hoping, and scrapping to find the best possible Christmas shopping deal. For some it is entertaining and they enjoy the sport of it, for others it is an obsession to thinking that they got the lowest possible price, and for others it is sheer insanity and therefore they stay away.
I watched a YouTube video, which someone posted on FaceBook, showing the maddened crowds caught up in this shopping spectacle. It showed the pandemonium of the whole thing. People were getting trampled, some had to go to the hospital, and I have to admit I was a bit disturbing to watch it.
As I spent my Black Friday morning sitting by a fire and reading through the first chapter of second Peter, I came across this sobering text.
2 Peter 1:8-9
For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
I am continually amazed (and have been for over 35 years) at how powerful the Word of God is. I am blown away at how it so vividly speaks to our hearts regarding present situations. Written thousands of years ago, and yet is so many ways it is as relevant today as the day when it was written.
As I think of the maddening crowds on Black Friday, I think of the saying “the blind leading the blind”. Interesting thing about that idiom is that it was Jesus who first spoke it.
“Let them alone (referring to the Pharisees). They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
I know that there was a day when I would have been attracted to the adventure of Black Friday and every time it comes around I have a ‘very brief moment’ of thinking about experiencing it. But then, I realize it is better for me to leave the shopping madness to those who seek to perfect it year after year…and I will just continue to sit by the fire.