The almighty dollar won on Thanksgiving

So the big stores decided to tell people, “Don’t take time for Thanksgiving this year; just give that up and come spend money. We can give you great rewards, great savings, a reason for your commitment and devotion.”

And they said to their workers, “You must serve us now. Your commitment to your God, your faith and your family doesn’t matter. You are our servants and you will be punished severely if you do not come and labor as we command.” And their workers said, “Yes, Pharaoh.”

So the workers slaved away and the people came, in droves. They waited in line for hours so as to rush in and bow down at the tables of merchandise.

There was no time for “Now thank we all our God, with hearts and hands and voices…” Certainly there was no time to get together with family and friends, to bow our heads and thank God for his goodness, to eat a marvelous meal together, to visit and play together, and to consider how to be generous with those in need. There was no time to go to a church for worship with people from many congregations, and make this the highlight of the day.

No, but there was time to go shopping! Why should we be surprised? After all, long ago, Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money].” Mammon won.

Charles Lamb