Black Friday and capitalism
I have been asked several times this week, "Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?" As a Brit living in America, it's not quite on the same level as, "Do you celebrate the 4th of July in Britain?" (Yes, I really have been asked that question more than once!). But Thanksgiving: what's there not to like about it? It is the perfect celebration: hardly any Hallmark additions -- well, almost none. Turkey, ham, dressing, pecan pie, pumkin pie, apple pie ... I'm sold. Yes, there will be the handful of Christians at church on Thursday morning who are thankful enough to want to worship God. But, as I have often said about Christmas, "I love it, so long as you don't bring religion into it." (That's the "regulative principle" side of me expressing itself).
Then there's Black Friday. Who are these people who get up at 3 am and head off to Wal Mart? Cannot imagine the prospect. And who wants Crackerjack at 3 am? Maybe, I need to read Jay W. Richards' book, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem (HarperOne, 2010), or, better yet, To Serve God and Wal-Mart: Why Capitalism is the Solution and Not the Problem (Harvard University Press, 2010). Has Trueman read these, I wonder? Probably not.
This is my question: Friday, should I help the nation's economy by getting into debt at Wal-Mart?