Some Questions About Boycotting Target

Target recently went public with their decision to allow transgender people to use their restrooms. Apparently, from what I saw, Target has had this policy in place for years, but recently mentioned it publicly.

As I mentioned earlier, I find this whole conundrum to be rather humorous. I believe businesses have a right to decide what to do in their stores.

However, many Christian types find it offensive. As is typical when we are offended, we respond with a boycott.

Now, if you need to boycott Target in your stand before God, then by all means go for it. Don’t let me talk you out of it.

If I were to boycott Target it would make no difference at all. I think I have spent my money at Target maybe four times in my life.

What fascinates me about Christians boycotting is this:

Following Christ means coming apart from the world, being separate, not living for money and possessions. One would expect, if Christians actually acted like Christians, that there could not possibly be a Christian Boycott that would make any difference at all.

We’re not supposed to be spending tons of money anyway!

What does it say about our morality when the biggest thing we can think of to get our point across is to withhold our money? Are we admitting that money is what is driving our sense of right and wrong?

How much of our boycotting is merely seeking vengeance? “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.” “The wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God.”

Again, if boycotting is what you need to do, then do it. Consider the following points though in your stand before God.

  1. Why are you spending so much money that withholding it would make a difference? Or are we boycotting places we don’t spend money at anyway just to feel the buzz of activism?
  2. What place does vengeance, anger, or vindictiveness play in your boycotting?
  3. Is prayer and dependence on God part of your understanding of establishing righteousness?
  4. In what sense is Target allowing people to use their bathrooms a greater sin than the materialism espoused by every store in America, particularly the marketing of much which is unrighteousness? Where is the line of unrighteousness that pushes you into boycotting? Is your boycott based more on political views than love?
  5. Does my opinion about your boycotting make you want to boycott or not boycott?

Listen to God, not me, I merely encourage you to examine your heart in all things as each of us will give an account to God. Walk wisely.

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