Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
When I started this blog, I intended it to keep it light-hearted and hopefully a little funny. But this story about the Long Island Walmart stampede has been weighing heavily on my heart since I first heard about it yesterday morning. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, here is the link: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/11/28/2008-11-28_worker_dies_at_long_island_walmart_after.html
These people trampled a man to death and injured a pregnant woman in order to save a few bucks on a television. A television. Or maybe they were gunning for the $28 vacuum. It doesn’t matter because neither of those things are worth a man’s life. Neither are worth injuring an expectant mother over.
Is this what Christmas has become? How did we go from the angels singing, “…I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people…” to trampling a man to death in order to be the first in line at Walmart? Do we understand the full horror of what happened yesterday? People were walking over a man, literally squeezing the very life out of him, in order to save a few dollars at Walmart. How does that honor the birth of the Savior? After all, that’s why we have Christmas. Or is that gone too?
You know the worst part of all this? As if it wasn’t bad enough for these people to kill a man, they stood in the way of people trying to rescue him. For a television. For a vacuum. They complained when they were asked to leave the store because a man had died been killed. How dare the store shut down after a man was trampled to death?! These people needed their televisions. And their vacuums. After all, some of them had been in line for hours.
Perhaps once the novelty of the new tv wears off and the children have moved on to more exciting things – like the box it came in, these people will finally understand the true horror of what they have done; although, somehow, I really doubt that their miserable little minds and their miserable little hearts will care. God help us.
And, for the Damour Family, the thoughts and prayers of my small family are with you now.
“Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
– Luke 2:10-12