Throughout the Old Testament God speaks to his people, urging them to put aside things that distract them from him, things that dishonour him.
At one point he says,
“Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on…do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt.” Ezekiel 20:7
In ancient times God called his people out of Egypt. Today God calls his people to come out of ‘the world’ around us. That is, to be wise to the idols of the culture we find ourselves living in, and to cast these idols away.
Black Friday has certainly revealed one of these idols loud and clear. Yet it is easy to distance ourselves from the blatant madness of Black Friday riots – but not so easy when the idol of materialism is dressed up in a cute John Lewis penguin advert. Or when you do your weekly food shop and you see something that would make a great extra present for one of your kids.
All materialism serves to achieve is to distract us from worshiping God. Whether we are getting ourselves crushed in an insane Black Friday shopping spree, or whether we are clicking on the insipid adverts in the middle of our facebook pages, we are demonstrating that we are putting our trust in the possessions we can accumulate. Is that what you really want to be trusting in?