Lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life - shopping. "Black Friday" November 23, 2012 is Buy Nothing Day. It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life.
The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!
The Environmental Impact of Consumerism Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries - only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth's natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.
The Spiritual Impact of Consumerism
The apostle Peter warns that Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NLT). Consumerism by its very nature exchanges devotion to the Giver of all things, for the things themselves. In other words, we give up a close relationship with Jesus, the true Provider, Protector, and Sustainer, for a cheap, quick thrill. We should seek to have Job’s attitude towards materialism: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord ." (Job 1:21 ESV)
John Piper writes, “The point is: a $70,000 salary does not have to be accompanied by a $70,000 lifestyle. God is calling us to be conduits of his grace, not cul-de-sacs. Our great danger today is thinking that the conduit should be lined with gold. It shouldn’t. Copper will do. No matter how grateful we are, gold will not make the world think that our God is good: it will make people think that our God is gold. That is no honor to the supremacy of his worth.”*
Participate by not participating! Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn't about changing your lifestyle for just one day, but rather seeking a lasting relationship with your consumer conscience. Friends, commit with me to consuming less, thanking God for more, and challenging companies to clean up and be fair to their employees and the environment.