Thursday, November 27, 2014
Like many Americans, Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. It's the time we all look forward to. For men, it's a day off of work and a chance to watch football and relax. For women, it's a chance to prepare a special meal for the family they love and present a lovely home for friends and relatives who drop by.
This year, incidents in Missouri have been on all our minds. However, I urge calm and ask people to not loot. Thanksgiving is about being thankful for what you have and not about taking things that don't belong to you. How would those brave men and women who first settled this land and celebrated the first Thanksgiving feel about the people who should be carrying on their legacy stealing things from other people. They would probably have to excuse themselves from their Indian guests because they'd be so sick at the thought.
Thanksgiving is all about the stuff in your life that you are thankful for and all the things you can buy at reduced prices so that you can be thankful for them next year. There is no place in this holiday tradition for mistreating people. I certainly hope that we won't see these rioters out there disrupting Black Friday with their screaming and rude behavior. That sort of thing just takes away from those of us who want to celebrate Black Friday in our traditional way.
Now, I'm not saying people shouldn't let their voices be heard, only that tonight isn't the time for it. Why not wait until your city wins another championship? The Cardinals have a chance next year even if the Rams are probably a few seasons away. Have a safe and blessed holiday and please do not let radical atheists take Jesus out of Thanksgiving. There's a war out there and for God's sake, we must win.