The Morality of Everyday Life

Shop Like You Mean It

“Shop Like You Mean It” read the ads for a nearby mall every “Holiday Season.”  The obvious question is: Mean what?  The ad agency probably wants us to get into the spirit of the season of wasteful expenditure and conspicuous consumption, but, if we interpreted their ungrammatical sentence not according to the intention but according to the words themselves, we might derive a useful lesson.  Since most Christians are going to do some Christmas shopping this year, how can they make their spending spree significant?

I can think of many ways.  The first and most obvious decision to make is to shop, wherever possible, at stores owned by other Christians or, at least, by families or companies who do not subsidize the campaign to take the Christ out of Christmas, out of schools, and out of our lives.  Jesus kicked the moneychangers out of the temple.  Why can’t we, at least, refrain from going to the malls, chain stores, and websites where they have reset up shop?

How do you spot the anti-Christian stores?  That is not too hard.  They are the ones open on Sunday.  They would be open on Christmas Day itself (as some Walgreens are), if they thought they would get enough business.  I once argued with my father, an ex-Catholic atheist, that Jewish merchants had a right to open their stores on Sunday.  The old man surprised me by pointing...

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