Boxing Day, and sales

I never really understood this whole concept.

But then this came to my mind:
Amos 8:4-6
4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy
and bring the poor of the land to an end,
5 saying, “When will the new moon be over,
that we may sell grain?
And the Sabbath,
that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel[d] great
and deal deceitfully with false balances,
6 that we may buy the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals
and sell the chaff of the wheat?”

I found out that the state government had banned sales today (the 26th), and the news was showing various people representing big stores that they were losing sales, etc. etc.

I find it strange and intriguing with the above from Amos in mind – shopkeepers saying “When will the holidays be over, so we can sell?” Now, I’m not saying that Myer and DJ’s and so forth are purveyors of great injustice in this land. Nevertheless, they are contributing to the attitude of materialist individualism that pervades this land, which in turn leads to great social injustice as the have-nots are left behind in the wake of the purchasing power of the middle classes, and the mistaken belief that all is peaceful and secure. Hmm, Amos was preaching to a society which was feeling peaceful and secure with its economic prosperity. Strange and intriguing indeed.

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