A reflection on #BlackFriday
Over the next 24 hours, if reports are to be believed, people in the United Kingdom will spend the best part of two billion pounds. How should Christians think about and respond to Black Friday?
Whose money is it anyway?
The message of the Black Friday marketers is that, provided you can pay for it (or get credit for it), it’s your money and you can do what you want with it. They don’t care about whether it’s a wise purchase, whether the money could be put to better use or even if the person who made it was paid fairly.
The Bible paints a refreshingly different picture.
Adam and Eve were appointed as stewards – their role was to look after all that God had given them and use it wisely.
The book of Proverbs shows that how we earn, invest and give our money matters to God.
To those who think their religious duty is fulfilled by just a tithe, and the rest of our wealth and lives doesn't matter to God, Jesus' words give us pause: