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The American Way

I used to love to shop on Black Friday. Getting up at four in the morning had always been fun. The people who are out and about were usually nice and friendly. Too bad the past couple of years have been spoiled by some of the stores opening on Thanksgiving. Then there are the horror stories of those who black-fridayget violent just to ensure they come away with a good deal.

We sit in church on Sunday, give thanks on Thursday, then punch someone on Friday because of something on sale.

I can’t imagine wanting a material possession to the point I’d hurt others physically to get it. We should be more focused on giving than getting. But that is no longer the American way. Our priorities have changed, unfortunately, to the detriment of others, in order to make ourselves feel better. I have little doubt most of those people doing the shoving, hitting, and clawing are also not buying for another, but for themselves as well.


And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in the latest styles from Old Navy, and laid him in a shopping cart, because they were waiting in line to get into Walmart. – Adam Kotsko


What has happened to our priorities? We no longer do things with the mind frame that we’re celebrating Jesus’ birth. Instead, it’s about getting the biggest and the best for the least amount, no matter who it affects. When did this become a nation of “It’s all about me?” It should be “all about Him.”

Jesus said in John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”

Will your actions this Black Friday show your love for one another, or your greed to get something for yourself? How many of those people fighting over stuff will also be again sitting in church next Sunday forgetting their actions? Well, God won’t forget.

Mother-Teresa-Quotes10Let’s make a pact that we will keep Jesus in the forefront of our minds this Christmas season. Before we purchase anything, pray whether the item is something that’s really needed, especially if you are buying it for yourself. Before we go to someone’s house to celebrate, pray that your actions do not become an embarrassment to Him. And before you sit down to eat, pray for those who don’t have any food.

Ask God to show you where your priorities are, and keep your sights on Him. If we all forcus on Jesus, chances are there will be no news stories about violence during Black Friday this holiday season.

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I came across an interesting article written by Nike N. Chillemi about the recent “bondage” fad in women’s fiction. I have to agree when Ms. Chillemi says these stories do nothing for a woman’s self-esteem. The worst part is women are the ones writing this stuff.slave

In the 1960s, women were told we could have both the family and the job. However, now we not only have to work and take care of the kids, but are expected to be sex kittens as well. We don’t know whether to stand up to a man in the boardroom or try to seduce him to get what we want. Television shows and movies can’t wait to tell us that seduction is the answer. And now women’s fiction is saying women should allow a man to control them to the point of physical pain and degradation. All in the name of romance.

Women should be considered sexy when they use their brains not their bodies. Isn’t that what the feminist movement was about? To get into the boardroom without having to put out?

I get it. Sex sells. But these bondage books take it a step further. Women are being controlled, demeaned, and humiliated in the name of love. And the National Organization of Woman (NOW) seems to have all but disappeared with regard to this subject.

Gloria Steinem, where are you when we need you?

I can’t help but wonder if the women reading this junk would do so if the heroes (and I use that term OasisPalmsMHP-35A001loosely) were making minimum wage and living in a two bedroom trailer, instead of the billionaires portrayed in these books. A relationship isn’t solid unless your man is treating you with respect, no matter how much he’s worth.

How do we expect men to respect us when we confuse them with this type of literature, written by women?

What it comes down to is respect. Women should demand respect not only from the men in their lives, but from the heroes in their novels as well.

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