On Thursday night, my sister-in-law and I had to take a trip to Wal-Mart for an everyday necessity. When we walked in the store, hundreds of people were standing around large boxes. About 30 seconds later, the employees opened the boxes to unveil DVD's that were on sale for $10. Screaming ensued. Shoving started. Somebody was actually knocked over like it was a mosh-pit at a Metallica concert. Finally the police were called in to break the whole thing up. One of the women walking out of the chaos was clutching the movie Legally Blonde in her hand like it was the last piece of bread on Earth.
Steve Argue wrote this on Twitter this morning: "Today stands between Black Friday and Advent - Two messages that call Christians to two very different kinds of anticipation."
As followers of Jesus, we live in the tension of both worlds, don't we? While this season is about celebrating the birth of Christ, we also live in a world that obsesses over receiving gifts from 3rd cousins that we haven't seen since the previous Christmas.
When you see these two worlds colliding, what goes through your mind?