The mention of “Thanksgiving Day” conjures up images of mad rush to buy things at supposedly massive discounts offered by major stores in the United States. The buying spree madness is indeed the epitome of this moment set aside for commercialised “thanksgiving”. At the ring of the bell on this auspicious fourth Thursday of November, sanity takes a back seat as throngs invade stores in stampede, elbowing everybody to get into pole position just to buy discounted items. It is the moment stores are waiting for, watching with glee as the mesmerised crowd grab goods as if there is no tomorrow. It is the aftermath that is really memorable – Black Friday!
Thanksgiving day has become a joke of American culture and addiction to consumerism. A British Reddit user encapsulated the spirit of this Black Friday in his piece of computer artwork depicting a massive Walmart retail shop with throngs of would-be shoppers waiting outside with American flags in the evening rain as dark clouds roll in. It has since gone viral, receiving “more than 4,000 points from other Redditors and over 2,000 comments within eight hours of going online.”
What started as a time of reflection and gratitude to God for good harvest has evolved into a commercial delusion of greed and material debauchery. The average American today probably doesn’t believe there is a god anyway. Naturally, there is nobody to give thanks for. More appropriately, if there is thanksgiving, they are just thankful for the Walmarts that are flowing with milk and honey, at least for now.
America has had good years in the past when the pioneer generations were hardworking and God-fearing people. For the majority today, what is there to be thankful for when 48 millions are surviving on food stamps? Can they be thankful if there is no family to go home to? LifeSiteNews.com reported “one-third of American children – a total of 15 million – are being raised without a father. Nearly five million more children live without a mother.”
Abortion clinics are thankful for the business boom. “In 2011, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S., down from an estimated 1.21 million abortions in 2008, 1.29 million in 2002, 1.31 million in 2000 and 1.36 million in 1996. From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. (AGI).” (source: Abort73.com)
How does an American give thanks when prayers are prohibited in public schools? Uttering a prayer of thanks can be construed as prayers in public areas and could subject the person to an arrest. When you can get arrested for feeding the poor, the society is absolutely bankrupt in values and morality. While Americans consume their way into obesity, thousands of military men lost their lives in needless wars overseas. Some returned maimed or disabled, only to be cast away by the country they thought they served. Elsewhere, millions of innocent lives were slaughtered as “collateral damage” by the military hegemony of the US.
These are thought provoking realities that every American must remember. It is not the reality show over cable or television. It is not a computer game. It is the real world we live in. Will you celebrate “thanksgiving” or “black Friday”. That is still a personal choice.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.