There is a song sang by the late great Whitney Houston that says, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” Although that is by far one of the most beautiful songs that I have ever heard, I must beg to differ with it. Allow me to state my case. I mean since we are in the Holiday Season and all. And yes, it is time to trim the tree. Time for mistletoe and holly. Time for peace on earth, good will toward man. But even considering all that, I place before you, a world gone mad. A world that by all means and purposes seems to be turning completely upside down, ready to implode on itself. To self destruct. And even in this the most blessed and Holy seasons, it sometimes seems to be impossible to find as much as a hint of rationality, stability or sound judgment in this world. Not to mention any of those other wonderful fruits that the Lord God happened to talk about in the times of yore. You know, the ones like love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, temperance, against any of these there is no law. Let me give you a few examples or present to you exhibit A, as to how far we have fallen off track all around the world everyday, but it seems to be more prevalent during the Holiday season and especially on “Black Friday.” (And this is taken from 98.7 WFGR Radio Station Website).
In New Jersey: A woman was arrested for spitting on anther shopper and her children. Why? Los Angeles: 20 customers (including kids) suffered injuries after being pepper sprayed by a fellow shopper. Police say she used the spray to get a better shot at a discounted Xbox. In San Landro, CA: A shopper was shot after fighting two armed men who were out to steal his purchases. Upstate New York: Two women were arrested after fist fighting in the electronics department. In Kinston, NC: Cellphones marked from $200 to $35 caused fists to fly between customers — security had to use pepper spray to regain order. Right here in west Michigan – Muskegon: A teen was treated for injuries after being trampled repeatedly by customers rushing to the electronics department. In Phoenix, AZ: A grandfather who put a video game in his waistband to lift his grandson above a rowdy crowd for safety was thrown to the ground by police. And Wal-Mart stores in Woodland Park, CO, Neosho, MO, and Bentonville, Ark, all received bomb threats. Really people? For something that they are going to play with for 5 to 10 days then toss to the side?
Someone, please tell me, what happened to the good old days, the simpler days. The days when you could pick a pine cone up off of the ground, paint it a pretty color, stick a bow on it, some glitter or some other decoration, present it as a gift from the heart, and that gift be received with genuine joy and appreciation. Or when someone would crochet an afghan, a hat and scarf set or some mittens, or cross stitch a table clothe or pillow cases and the recipient have more joy and awe and appreciation for that gift than ANYTHING you could have possibly purchased out of a store. We’ve got it all twisted folks. This is NOT the way it was originally meant to be. In St. John 3:16 it says that, “God so loved the world that He GAVE His ONLY begotten son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” The part I want you to really pay attention to is, For God so loved the world, that He GAVE…….. THAT, was the greatest love of all. He gave all that was dear to Him, all that He had, so that we, who fight in Wal-Mart over some trivial electronic gadget. And we who spit on people. And we who pepper spray people and yes, even we who send bomb threats to Wal-Mart for no apparent reason, can have the chance to have everlasting life once we believe on Him. That’s not a small thing, because I don’t know any person who would sacrifice not one, not even the worst of their children, for someone else. I know I wouldn’t. But He did, just for you. Just for us. Think about it. So during this Blessed Holiday Season, while we are acting like some primitive, uncivilized, unrefined, unregenerate, Philistines that came out of a cave or slide from underneath a rock, stop. And think. Seriously. Is this what our God sacrificed all for?
Now, tell us what YOU think,