Some are confused by Black Friday

The wave of fresh converts to evangelical Christianity appears to contain many who are confused about certain details of this, their first holiday season.

“I’m still learning my way around,” admitted Sonya Bennett. “I mean, I believe in Jesus and all that stuff; I’m just a little hazy on the reasons for some of these celebrations.”

Much of the bewilderment is becoming apparent during today’s so-called “Black Friday.” Large numbers of newly minted Christians showed up at post-Thanksgiving sales at Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers, thinking they were observing the day Jesus was crucified at Calgary.

“I guess I was thinking of — what is it? — Good Friday,” said Heather Thompson. “I thought Black Friday was the day the altar was draped in black cloth, and a somber service acknowledged our Lord’s ultimate sacrifice for mankind. Turns out, it’s more about low, low prices.”

Thompson said many of her friends were also confused about the day. She said she felt that the Church of Christ, of which she became a member earlier this year, and the nation’s retail sector were “just asking” for there to be such widespread misunderstanding.

“I mean, think about it: Good Friday marks an occasion when something bad happened, and Black Friday marks a good day, a day of door-busting bargains. That’s just plain screwy,” Thompson said. “You’d think it would be the other way around. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one expecting up to 60% off the cost of my salvation.”

Bennett, a recent convert to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, said the church calendar at first didn’t make sense to her. She said she had time to meditate and reflect on her faith while waiting in line from midnight till 4 a.m. outside the Valley Hills Mall in Seattle.

“I finally puzzled through it,” Bennett said. “It just wasn’t possible that Jesus was crucified in late November, then born in late December, and then ascended into heaven in March or April. I know He can do some amazing things, but this just seemed totally whack.”

Similar puzzlement was expected during next week’s “Cyber Monday,” which has become the day on which close to a third of on-line Christmas gift sales are made. Either that, or it’s something to do with Simon Peter, or maybe the Immaculate Conception, or maybe Zhu Zhu pets.

“The one that always messes me up is Maundy Thursday,” said Oscar Bennett, who joined the Southern Baptist denomination in February. “I mean, is it a Monday or is it a Thursday? I’m all for talking in tongues, but come on. How can we have effective outreach to non-believers with this kind of double-talk?”

Raymond Price, a new member of the fundamentalist Mercy Schmercy Catholic Church in suburban Atlanta, defended Christianity’s elaborate calendar as something that novices should study and become comfortable with.

“It’s really not that complicated when you put your mind to it,” Price said. “Ash Wednesday is the day we remember volcano victims. Palm Sunday celebrates the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem in triumph after inventing the handheld personal digital assistant. Corpus Christi, in mid-June, marks the beginning of beach season on the south Texas coast.”

Price said his personal favorite day on the liturgical calendar was Ruby Tuesday.

“Any day that honors both the Rolling Stones and the Seaside Sensations combo platter is truly a holy day in my book,” Price said. “Ruby Tuesday — Fresh Taste, Fresh Price.”

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8 Responses to “Some are confused by Black Friday”

  1. fakename2 Says:

    I thought Black Friday was the day the stock market crashed, ushering in the Great Depression. Today we honor our recovery as a nation, as well as paying tribute to the victims of the Depression by standing in line at Wal-Mart instead of standing in line at soup kitchens.

  2. jdhays Says:

    Excellent reporting, sir.

  3. Paul Dixon Says:

    Davis-Where’s your blog since November 25th? I hope you haven’t given up the ghost!

    • davisw Says:

      Thanks for noticing, Paul. Frankly, I’m getting a little tired of listening to my incessant whining and figured I’d give it a rest, at least through the festive holiday season.

  4. Steve Vallance Says:

    It is all in history books. Constantine, a christian convert proclaimed December 25th to be Jesus’s (who ever he was) birthday to coincide with with the Pagan holidays which were celebrated on the winter solstice (dec 22). So they all celebrated at the same time. An attempt to convert more to Christianity.
    It is happening today, with the combining on Xmas and Chanukah (a relatively small jewish holiday)

  5. Ministry Fox Says:

    But you put the ‘w’ in whining!
    We’ll allow you a short break, but 2012 had better see you resurrected. The world needs a whiner.

  6. SandySays1 Says:

    We’d all miss you if you quit! Sandy

  7. planetross Says:

    I think people who are crucified go to Calgary … not the other way around. hee hee!

    Calvary is another matter.

    I still like the way you think … I’ve just been missing for a while.

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