The Black Friday craze is upon us once again. I’m sure you didn’t need reminding, as all you can see is evidence of it’s arrival. Black Friday deals, Black Friday sales, Black Friday ads, Black Friday discounts, Black Friday coupons, Black Friday Ahhhhhh!!
I’m convinced that most people are more concerned about finding the best black Friday deals than they are about anything to do with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving? Oh, you know… That day we sit down with family that we don’t want to see, and eat a bird, maybe with a quick prayer to add into the mix; “over the teeth and through the gums, look out stomach here it comes!” Followed by an afternoon where we kick back and watch some football. Thanksgiving, otherwise known as the day before Black Friday.
Replacement Theology – Drumsticks and Deals
As I’m writing this, it’s Thanksgiving morning, and there’s something I’ve observed this year that I didn’t so much notice in years gone by. I’ve heard more about Black Friday than Thanksgiving itself leading up to today. Is it because the market’s booming at the moment? Or maybe because folks are so excited about Christmas being around the corner that they just can’t contain themselves?
Or is it that the world has an easier time promoting something of itself, rather than a holiday designed (at least originally) by the Pilgrims that wanted to give thanksgiving to the Father for all he’s provided? When we understand that this worldly system, in and through which we live and move, is against the Father and all that he stands for, it isn’t difficult to see why the “thanks” has been removed from Thanksgiving.
Most people will say that they are thankful around this time of year, but haven’t got a clue who to be thankful toward. As Believers in Christ Jesus, that one’s on us. Instead of others watching us following the ways of this world like a dog after a ball, maybe they should rather see the Truth in Christ Jesus, letting our light so shine, and show them who to be thankful toward. Not just some generic (and mostly mistaken) idea of God or a “higher power,” but rather the One True God the Father, who sent his Only Begotten Son, Christ Jesus, to die in their stead! But I digress…
As with anything that this world tries to squash and bury, one million different shades of gray have been added into everyone’s psyche, to shift this particular American holiday from one meaning to another. If the Lord should tarry and we’re around twenty years from now, I’m willing to bet that some group will cry hard enough to the Government, and demand that the name of the holiday be changed to something else, because it’s slanted toward those who have something to be thankful for, not rightfully catering toward those who are less thankful.
Then it might wind up being changed into “The Black Friday Prep Meal,” or the “Assemble to Eat” day. Of course I’m being a bit silly, but isn’t that how some people think, and try to remove what’s good and replace it with something meaningless? Again, it’s no accident but a deliberate action that is introduced into the world by the Kingdom of Darkness, then trickles into the hearts and minds of those who cater to the world.
The Art of the Covet
I honestly believe, that the “real” point behind the Black Friday phenomenon isn’t simply for people to target Black Friday sale papers. Walmart Black Friday ad sharks sometimes use Thanksgiving as a launchpad to prepare to camp out for the night to be the first at the door. I’m sure you’ve heard the different extremes that have gone on over the years.
A Frightening Thought
Have you ever heard of Slender-man? To make it short for the sake of not wandering too far away from the topic at hand, he’s a fictional character, and is the stuff of nightmares in video-games. His popularity grew, then all of a sudden, accounts of people actually seeing this creepy figure began popping up around the world.
I’m confident that many (if not most) of these accounts were false; just people fooling around. But there are some who’d stake their lives on what they saw, and it terrified them. So among the pranks, gags, and fish stories, there are some who are indeed spotting a Slender man figure.
I believe that faith can do allot of things. Whatever will draw people away from Christ, and cause others to place their faith in something as seemingly mundane as a video game character, I’m certain there’s no shortage of demonic figures that would step up to make it into a reality. It’s part of the job I’d suppose.
Could it be then, that because of the collective ongoing attention given to something wicked, could cause for a new demonic stronghold in the world? Is it possible, that in time a power dark entity could rule over that particular division as a prince, like the Prince of Persia, and that of Grecia found in the book of Daniel?
I said all that to say this…
The Prince of Black Friday
I believe that by now, there is a Prince over this event. Can I prove it? Nope. But I can watch the drive behind people’s behavior. I know how to watch the news and see the different spirits at play. Greed, Gluttony, Covetousness, Violence, Lawlessness, etc.. How long do you think it takes before something wicked takes notice and decides to turn it into something to rule over?
So just as the example above about the demonic interference utilizing people’s attention on a fictitious figure, and causing it to become a reality, followed by becoming a thing unto itself, so could I see a new Prince of Black Friday emerge on to the scene.
What would it’s purpose be? Well, to drain thanks away from the Father by removing any significance to the holiday, and to mock the Almighty the following day by pumping the country with the iniquities listed above. That would just about do it.
Furthermore, Black Friday isn’t just a United States thing anymore, but has inevitably jumped across the pond into Europe. Again, no accident, but a worldly purpose fueled by the god of this world. Satan himself. Could there be a Prince designated over such a thing as Black Friday? Well, you be the judge, but I lean toward yes.
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Should I Hit the Black Friday Deals?
I’m not in any way suggesting that you are doing something evil by shopping for the best Black Friday deals, or any other day for that matter. Nor are you in sin for taking advantage of a Black Friday special. That’s not the point I’m trying to make here at all. But of the two days, (Thanksgiving and Black Friday) which tips the scale of importance?
Every day is the perfect time to be thankful. But to take away from a particular day which is specifically designed to give thanks to the Father, and add to a day that the world has chosen to use as spiritual competition, for a Christian, shouldn’t it be obvious which should hold more meaning? Not all of us give thanks on Thursday, then elbow Grandma to the face as we’re trying to push our carts past her because she’s too slow.
But when it becomes more important to you to save a buck than it is to give thanks to the Father who loves you and Saved you, then there’s an issue. When you find yourself doing anything to get that item, no matter the consequences, there may be a problem. When you toss the second greatest commandment out the window for the sake of beating the crowds, then it’s time to stop and remember the Lord who bought you.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
To conclude this post, I’d like to display some scripture that is Thanksgiving specific, to keep us mindful of who we serve.
Psalm 26: King James Bible
Psalm 50: King James Bible
Psalm 69: King James Bible
Psalm 95: King James Bible
Psalm 100: King James Bible
Psalm 147: King James Bible
Jeremiah 30: King James Bible
Jonah 2: King James Bible
2 Corinthians 4: King James Bible
2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
2 Corinthians 9: King James Bible
Colossians 2: King James Bible
Colossians 4: King James Bible
1 Timothy 4: King James Bible
Revelation 7: King James Bible
If anything, my hope is that this post may have grounded you a bit concerning what’s going on out there in the world around this time of year. If anything, to be reminded of who we constantly need to be thankful for, despite what the world tries to throw at us.
Utilize all of the aforementioned Black Friday deals, Black Friday sales, Black Friday ads, Black Friday discounts, Black Friday coupons, etc., but keep all things in perspective without allowing yourself to get caught up in it. At least, that’s my advice for whatever it’s worth.
God bless all of you in the mighty name of Jesus, and thanks for reading,”The Black Friday.”