Commenting on the recent Black Friday death of a Walmart worker, Leonard Pitts, Jr. says this:
We say children are a priority, but when did people ever press against the door for parents' night at school? We say education is a priority, but when did people ever bang against the windows of the library? We say faith is a priority, but when did people ever surge into a temple of worship as eagerly as they do a temple of commerce?
No, sale prices on iPods, that's our true priority. Jdimytai Damour died because too many of us have bought, heart and soul, into the great lie of American consumerism: Acquiring stuff will make you whole.
Hey, you may be a total loser, may not have a friend, may not have an education, may not have a job, may not have a clue, but it will all be OK as soon as you get that new Canon digital camera, especially if you get it for 50% off.
The truth is that Christians whose hope should be other worldly as just as likely to be caught in the "stuff" idolatry as the next guy.
We should be different. But we're not.
It is to our shame.