Two Points About Christian Boycotts

I have two main points in my critique of boycotts:

  1. Christians aren’t supposed to be rabid consumers, therefore any boycott they did shouldn’t work.
  2. No company runs on strictly righteous guidelines.

Each statement needs some splainin’.

First of all, Christian boycotts are somewhat ironic. The New Testament has a lot to say about money, possessions, and the temporal stuff around us. Most of the point can be summarized thusly: Don’t go after money and get carried away buying stuff.

Our affections are to be on things above, not on things of this world. We are to be givers, not spenders fulfilling our fleshly lusts. Every American is implicated in this. I am not immune, nor am I saying I am above the fray on this issue.

Yes, we have to buy some stuff in order to stay alive. But quite honestly, most of us are living well beyond our means and consuming so quickly we can’t pay up-front.

Granted, American Christianity has tried its hardest to remove the guilt, going so far as to say material possessions are a sign of God’s blessing, but the NT is diametrically opposed to this.

If Christians were living heavenly minded, with our affections on things above, looking to what is not seen because what is seen is temporal, we wouldn’t be buying enough stuff to make a boycott noticeable anyway.

Secondly, there is no company that is righteous. More than likely you can find a problem with any company’s decision-making if you try hard enough.

Target was already being boycotted by some Christians before the whole bathroom thing! So, you don’t go to Target, now you go to Walmart, or Shopko, or wherever? I’m sure there are already Christians boycotting them for unrighteous decisions.

Every company on the face of the earth makes questionable decisions that someone can have a problem with.

I know, all but Chik-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby. One company sells unhealthy fried food at exorbitant prices and the other sells cheap artsy crap no one needs at exorbitant prices.

I have no major problem with either store, I’m just saying there is a legit reason for someone to boycott both on “Christian principles.”

That’s fine to support Christian families that own businesses, go for it. It’s fine to boycott whatever store for whatever reason. You are free to do so. I merely suggest there is none righteous, no not one. Good luck funding the place that does everything right.

Perhaps that’s not the point. Perhaps something else is driving the boycotting. In the recent Target boycott people don’t feel safe. Fine, don’t go there. I get it. I just fail to see what public bathroom doesn’t have the potential for evil to occur in it. I worry about creepy guys in the bathroom when my son goes in there. I get it. I do. I just am not seeing what the alternative is (other than holding it and or standing guard, both strategies I have long employed).

We live in a messed up world. A world that does weird things. Evil people are everywhere doing evil. It’s what evil people do. You can’t remove yourself from the evil.

You are free to spend money where you want. Do what you have to do. I would also suggest double-checking your desire to spend money at all. Americans are living in gross materialism. It’s a battle that needs to be fought. Not by censuring stores, but by censuring our own wallets.

The easiest way for you to dismiss my point is to criticize my spending. Again, I am not claiming to have this one perfect. I honestly have no idea what to do anymore in this crazy world.

I think boycotting is merely removing your money from one evil store and giving it to another evil store. I fail to see what is accomplished. One store is not the problem; the system is the problem.

I am not telling you to take your little girl into the Target bathroom and leave her unattended for four hours or anything. I am saying be vigilant all the time. Evil surrounds us, you can’t escape it all. What we can do is be careful and begin unplugging from the system that is increasingly against righteousness.

Be careful out there.


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