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I broke my Christmas blog silence today to bring you this. The one day of the year that big box developments are quiet, I decided to take advantage with this photo. The only good thing that can be said about Christmas’ adoption into culture is that it shuts down the idol of consumerism for at least one day.

Jesus, may your coming continue to subvert the powers of this age and teach us to live the shalom of your kingdom. Thank you for coming to us.

4 responses to “Shalom”

  1. Hi Matt,

    For some reason when I look at this picture, and think about what it represents, I find it amazing. I do not think I have ever seen such a thing since the advent of Big Box stores.

    I am not a big fan of LaHaye and Jenkins, but I am of the Bible. Being vocationally in the retail business I have always pondered long and hard over Revelation 18. It is the chapter that laments the destruction of Babylon. Here the author writes,

    And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more; cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble . . . The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, saying ‘Woe, woe, the great city . . .’ (vv. 11-15).

    Consummerism is a good thing and drives our economy, eh?

  2. Hey Colin

    I’m looking forward to the day where we don’t have to dissociate ourselves from Left Behind to quote from Revelation.

    Good to hear that you continue to wrestle with the faith implications of the retail business. They aren’t easy. I think one of the key things is ensuring we aren’t setting up our goods and services as idols in people’s lives.

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