With over $950 billion dollars of credit card debt in the US, I was surprised to see that Black Friday sales were up almost 4% from last year. Not only was I surprised to see a higher percentage of buyers this year; I was also surprised to hear some of the most ridiculous displays of consumerism.
A worker at Wall Mart was trampled to death after opening the doors. Let me write that again so it will sink in a little. A worker at Wall Mart was trampled to death after opening the doors. When workers attempted to help their co-worker, they were pushed out of the way by scads of people rushing to the electronics department. Realizing the staff at Wall Mart was out of their league, they called the police for crowd control and assistance. Unfortunately the police were not much of help at first. The crowds of people pushed them around as well. Eventually, the crowds of people were controlled and the man was taken to the hospital. He was soon pronounced dead. 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured during the stampede.
You know, I have to wonder about the “Christmas spirit.” An innocent man died because a bunch of people acted like a bunch of savages. One reporter wrote, “Roughly 2,000 people gathered outside the Wal-Mart’s doors in the predawn darkness. They were chanting, “Push the doors in,” the crowd pressed against the glass as the clock ticked down to the 5 a.m. opening.”
How did the crowd respond when they found out that their actions were the cause of a “heart attack” and death of an employee? One reporter writes, “When they were saying that they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, “I’ve been in line since Friday morning!” They kept shopping.”
Consumerism is a plague that breeds off humanity. Unfortunately, it seems as though most of the US catches it and is unable to shake its symptoms. The results of consumerism range from mild to acute responses. For some of us, we slowly rack up credit card debt while others… well… You get the idea. For this holiday season, I hope we will find the remedy in Christ. If we do not get this disease under control, it could end up killing us.