For the first time I can remember, there is a controversy going on over Thanksgiving. In the past, Thanksgiving has been set aside as a special day for God and family. In relation to God, it has been a time to thank Him for His goodness and mercy, and to count our blessings. In relation to family, it has been a time for family, near and far, to come together to express love for each other, and to enjoy a delicious meal.
All that tradition is changing. Major stores are staying open on Thanksgiving and are running special sales to draw people in to shop. This has presented a problem in two ways. The people who value God and family are being tempted to go shopping and the employees are being required to work.
At the root of this problem is “greed.” Multimillion-dollar stores think they just can’t make enough money without selling on sacred and family days. It seems that “money” has become the God of this world.
I don’t know what you will do on Thanksgiving. It is a free country, you can do anything you want, but I know what I will do. I will boycott any stores open on Thanksgiving. If enough of us stayed away, they wouldn’t open. If you value God and family, show it—don’t shop on Thanksgiving Day.
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com