The entire Thanksgiving weekend used to be a time for families to be together. Then came Black Friday—a day to get good deals for clothing and electronics. Today, many are staying home again, due to the increase of violence. In the Chicago area, in 2013, a police officer shoots a thief at a Kohl’s Department store. A Target customer in Las Vegas wrestles a big-screen TV back from a thief right outside the store and then is shot by the thief. At Claypool Hill, one man knifes another over a parking space dispute outside of Wal-Mart. At another Wal-Mart in Passaic, a man argues with another shopper over a big screen television and attempts to punch a police officer who gets in-between them. There are more stories, but you get the picture. They are all the same, violence over desiring material things, because of greed and lack of contentment. –Jim L. Wilson & Peter Lee
1 Timothy 6:6-11 (HCSB) But godliness with contentment is a great gain. (7) For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out. (8) But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. (9) But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. (10) For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. (11) But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.