I don’t do Black Friday shopping. Period. But I generally keep my thoughts about it to myself. Until now. (begin rant here)
The weekend news wires lit up with stories of bizarre behavior by grown adults scrambling and fighting for cheap appliances. I watched a couple of the grainy cell phone videos. This is what Christmas has come to? From an unbelievable night in Bethlehem where God crashed into our little planet with a precious gift in the form of a baby…to an unbelievable night in WalMart with people crashing through lines and doors in order to pepper spray others and snatch their precious electronic gift for Christmas. It’s beyond sad. It made me sick.
Here’s my knee jerk reaction: Occupy Christmas. As best as I understand it, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is about addressing something (the financial system) that’s gotten seriously lost along the way. Christmas has seriously lost its way in our culture.
I’m not suggesting you camp out in the parking lot at the discount stores. But I am wondering what I can do to protest something that has gotten so far off track that millions of people in this very country don’t even know the real story behind Christmas.
- Maybe it’s offering to pray for your neighbors and co-workers this Christmas season.
- Maybe it’s throttling back on spending money, and spending more time with the people God has put in your life.
- Maybe it’s intentionally reading and reflecting on the actual Christmas story for the entire month of December. (see www.youversion.com for some creative Christmas reading plans)
- Maybe it’s prayerfully asking God to show you how you can live out the meaning of Christmas for someone else this year.
If you have any ideas on how to Occupy Christmas, I’d love to hear them. Use the comment section below. Together, we can begin to help this incredible holiday find it’s way back for the sake of the people all around us. The people God invented Christmas for in the first place. That includes me. And you.