Each morning, after I check emails – I go straight to Drudge report to see the top news stories of the day. The top story about “Black Friday” was so appalling; I knew that I had to write a piece on this.
Parking lot disputes leave one dead at Walmart and Macy’s
Black Friday madness: Two people are killed outside a Macy’s and a Walmart while customers fight over everything from TVs to $1.60 towels as stores open their doors for record $3.1 billion holiday splurge
- A 20-year-old man was shot dead and his brother was wounded in a shooting outside a Macy’s store in New Jersey early Friday morning
- The shooting occurred at the Hamilton Mall in South Jersey as people lined up outside for shopping deals
- In Nevada on Thursday, a person was shot dead in a road rage incident in a Walmart parking lot in Reno
- A man in Tennessee suffered a gunshot wound after shots were fired at a mall in Memphis on Thursday
- On Friday, stores opened their doors for what is still one of the busiest days of the year
- The first Black Friday sales got underway at some stores across the country on Thursday night
- Department store J.C Penney was one of the first major chains to kick-off the sales offering huge discounts on Thursday
Two people were shot dead and two others were injured in three separate incidents in New Jersey, Nevada and Tennessee as Black Friday kicked off.
A man was fatally shot and his brother was wounded in a shooting outside of a Macy’s in New Jersey on Friday morning while another was shot dead in an apparent road rage incident in a Walmart parking lot in Nevada on Thursday.
A fourth person suffered a gunshot wound on Thursday at a mall in Tennessee as shoppers were taking part in early Black Friday sales.
Amid Black Friday madness, cellphone footage from various stores showed shoppers fighting over items in a bid to score shopping deals.
In video apparently recorded inside a Walmart in Bainbridge, Georgia, showed shoppers fighting over towels that were on sale for $1.60 during the Black Friday rush on Thursday.
At one point, one woman so eager to get her hands on towels that she fell into the box.
Meanwhile, shoppers at a Walmart in Houston broke into an all-out melee on Black Friday, as customers battled it out for some $99 kiddie convertibles. source
I think that perhaps Black Friday is a perfect picture of the sinfulness of men and women. Greed, lust, murder and envy are just a few of the sins of the heart which rear their ugly heads the day after Thanksgiving. Think about the irony here. “Thanksgiving” – being thankful for our families and for life itself. And then pushing and shoving and cursing and beating and even shooting others; the day after “Thanksgiving!?”
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21). (emphasis added)
The only good news out of all of this horrific violence and mistreatment of others, is that we are all born into sin. We ALL miss the mark of God’s righteousness. Some may sin more than others, but the point is this: None of us are righteous in the eyes of God. But out of His compassion and his yearning for people to be reconciled to Him, He sent His only Son, Jesus to pay for our sins. Jesus paid with His life.
Are you saved?
If you have not been born again from above; if you have not repented and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, then you are LOST in your sins. That means if you were to die in your sins – you will be in hell for eternity.
Please click this link to see how you can come into God’s family and be forgiven of your sins and also become a new creation in Christ:
I pray that anyone who just repented and was born again, tell someone about what God has done for you. I welcome you into the family of God and look forward to meeting you one day in heaven!