Posts tagged ‘luxury’

November 30, 2013

Black Friday: No Thanks or Giving

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Welcome back!!! I know it’s been a while but I had some recent changes in my life. I am living in state of newness: new city, new marriage, new car, new job, and a new school pursuing a new master’s program. With all these new beginnings I haven’t had the time to post anything. But lately there has been something weighing on me. It’s the holiday season and and ’tis the season to be cheerful and giving but lately I’ve been seeing videos like this.

It’s becoming apparent that we no longer remember what this time of year means. I find it amazing that not less than 24 hours from giving thanks for everything that we have, big or small, we go out and push, shove and  knock one another to the ground to obtain discounted luxury items. We must seriously ask ourselves why the prices for these coveted items are now significantly discounted. The simple (or complex) answer is the principle of supply and demand. Moreover, it is a fact that the items that we purchase are significantly marked up. Therefore a supposed sale for the common man is actually a reduction of inventory and increase in profit for a mega-store.

The mega-store is the nemesis or even the antihero to America’s economic structure forcing people of poverty into a “catch-22.”  Impoverished people are coerced through the promise of cheap(er) goods from a billion dollar corporation who oppresses its workers by paying them less than a living wage. It is a shame that a Wal-Mart in Ohio has to organize a food drive so that their workers could eat this November.

As a preacher and public servant I know that it is important that whenever you point out a problem you must also seek out it’s solution. So I have enclosed a list that could help us all  in this quest for morality over materialism:

1) This holiday season let’s find a small business to support. Hopefully they are paying their employees a living wage.

2) Visit daveramsey.com. Dave Ramsey is a nationally known financial guru who uses biblical and economic principles in order for people to decrease debt  and increase wealth through self-responsibility.

3) Instead of standing in line to stampede a Wal-Mart at 5 AM, let’s use the  same time, money, and energy to help the people standing in line at the soup kitchen.

4) Let’s how civility and respect to one another. Go smile at a stranger, assist the elderly, encourage a single-parent and give to the homeless. Proverbs 22:1-29