TODAY is ‘Black Friday’ – a relatively new addition to the UK consumer culture brought over by American companies a few years ago. It falls on the day after Thanksgiving, when people rush out to the shops to buy Christmas presents and catch the deals.
Black Friday seems like such a sinister name, and for good reason. According to a video on the BBC site, in 1966, the police were believed to have christened the day ‘Black Friday’ to try and put people off. The chaos caused by the sheer numbers of shoppers was too much for them to handle.
But it didn’t work, and thanks to companies like Amazon and Asda Walmart, shops all over the UK feel obliged to offer their own deals and people rush to buy as much as they can.
In a world where so many struggle to get by, where foodbanks are more used than ever before, Black Friday is a disgusting display of money madness. As a reaction against this mindset, many people have declared it to be “Buy Nothing Day” (#BuyNothingDay).
Let’s follow Jesus’ example and try to live generously, but simply. Let’s resist the messages the world is throwing at us to spend, spend spend.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matt 6:24)