The fourth Thursday of each November is Thanksgiving Day when our entire nation gives thanks to God for his blessings. The day after has come to be known as Black Friday, the day when people grab as many blessings as possible! A slightly cynical observation has been made about the two days, describing it as “The Day of Gluttony followed by the Day of Avarice.”
On Black Friday 2012 the following incidents were reported:
- At a Walmart in Tallahassee, Florida two people scuffled over a parking space and then escalated into gunfire which left the two of them shot.
- At a Walmart parking lot in Covington, Washington two people were run over by an intoxicated driver.
- At a San Antonio, Texas Sears one man argued with and punched another person in order to get to the front of the line, whereupon his victim pulled out a gun!
- In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a man pulled out a gun on a woman as she got out of her car to go into a Best Buy store and robbing her of $200 in cash.
- In Maryland a 14-year boy was robbed of all of his purchases by five men out in the parking lot.
- At a South Philadelphia Walmart a fistfight broke out over $200 television sets.
- At the mall in Kentwood, Michigan two shoppers also traded blows. The cops who responded to the fight had to use pepper-spray to subdue the two.
- At a Walmart in Moultrie, Georgia shoppers turned into a human feeding frenzy over pre-paid unlimited calling cards, screaming and clawing to get past one another and to the cards.
How is it possible that within a mere few hours people go from thankfulness to belligerence? Why are we blind to the damage we do to our heart and our spirit when we go charging off to grab as much as we can? Are we actually thankful to God for giving us life or do we think that we are owed life?