Go Go Go, Get the things we want…but do not need.
Go Go Go, you did not want to pay full price…but they will take ten dollars off the price today. So of course you should buy it.
There actually isn’t anything wrong with shopping on Black Friday. There isn’t anything wrong with enjoying the rush of getting in the crowd and racing to get what you want. This isn’t automatically sinful at all.
It is interesting though how societal norms dictate our mindset and behavior. Think about it, millions will go buy gifts for others and themselves tomorrow simply because they can save a few dollars. They will also shop the day after Thanksgiving because millions of others have decided the day after thanksgiving is the day to go shop. There isn’t anything wrong with Black Friday shopping, but millions will Black Friday shop simply bc millions of others are doing it. Society has deemed this the normal thing to do after Thanksgiving.
I think of some of the more harmful things that we almost automatically do that have become societal norms. Sometimes I consider the things I used to do and honestly I am disgusted with myself. I think “what was I thinking”, “how could that have that seemed okay to me”. The answer is because I was not connected to the vine that is described in John 15. I was not abiding in the Him, so my moral compass for what was right and wrong was dictated by societal norms. This is an extremely dangerous place to be for a millennial. My parents would love to teach me pitfalls to avoid, but they are not even aware of the half of them! Without abiding in Jesus, it is almost impossible to not get tangled into sin these days. Sin is on tv, sin is on smart phones, sin is at public school, sin is in the home at the family desk top computer. Sin has more than just crept in, it has taken over almost every area of life that humans live in. Sin is no longer the bad things that bad people do, it is THE SOCIETAL NORM!
I went with the flow of society after my parents divorce. The root of this was my faith was not really my own in my late teen years. My faith was my families and then when that seemed to shatter, my walk with Jesus seemed to shatter. In reality, I had built my house upon the sand. I built my house on the sand and when the storm came I followed societal norms. I followed whoever accepted me in my time of need. I followed the path of instant gratification. I was in a dangerous place. I did not come out unscathed.
Millennials, be weary of just following the pattern of the world around us. They are not headed where we are supposed to be headed. They are living for their own pleasure and they are headed straight to eternal doom. If we do not build our house on the rock, recognize the dangers of blindly following pop culture, and do not make a conscience effort to abide in Jesus…we will be led astray. Everyday is an opportunity for the devil to get us to follow after our own desires.
Let’s recognize the tools the devil uses to pull us astray. Let’s abide in Jesus and live set apart like the Royal Priesthood we are told we are. Let’s build our homes on the rock. Let’s prepare for the storm.