I just read what may be one of the most disturbing stories of the holiday news season (click here for the story). A Wal-Mart worker was trampled to death in NY as angry, anxious, and outrageously materialistic shoppers crashed through the door trying to purchase something they probably don’t need and don’t have the cash for. I don’t know that I have the words to express my outrage at the selfishness and absolute inhumanity of these people.
First of all, I am not that eager to spend money on things to spend all night in line in front of Wal-Mart. Second, there is nothing that I can think of that is worth getting into a shoving mob situation in order to get inside of a store.
Have we become this self-focused? Has our society really reached the point that being the first to get a bargain on a TV is more important than human life? Are things so vital to our identity and self-worth that we have thrown out decency and respect? Or is this an isolated incident in a place that is worse than the rest?
Whatever these answers, our country needs prayer and it needs an awakening of God’s presence and reality.

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