My e-mail inbox, Facebook and Twitter feeds have been filled with people telling me why I need to join them in their boycott of Target Stores. I get it! You’re against men being able to use the women’s restrooms, and Target has decided to promote a policy that says what you were born with between your legs shouldn’t determine which toilet you get to use. I agree with those of you who disagree with Target’s policy, I really do. But over the last few years I’ve chosen not to boycott Target, Starbucks, Verizon, or anyplace else for that matter. Here are my reasons why:
It’s too hard to keep up with.
If memory serves me correctly I’m still supposed to be boycotting Disney, J.C. Penny, Best Buy, Heinz, Lowes, and whoever else I was told had done something I should be morally outraged about. Who decides who we should boycott, and when the boycott should end, if ever? And do I really want to spend my time in the grocery aisle picking out items based on who the AFA, or James Dobson, or whoever says is acceptable at the moment? Not really.
Most of the companies I listed above are boycotted because of their alliance with the homosexual movement. Yet there are hundreds, if not thousands of other companies that are also aligned with the homosexual movement that we don’t boycott. Why some and not others? Is having Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson (J.C. Penny) more offensive to us than a company that quietly offers special benefits to homosexual couples? Or are the targets chosen because they will bring the most attention to those doing the boycotting? Do any of us really know where most companies whose services we use, or products we buy, stand on moral issues? The truth is, if supporting the homosexual movement is the criteria for a boycott, most of us would not be able to walk out of the grocery store with more than an item or two — if that.
Some of the same people who have “Boycott Target” Memes on their Facebook page have on that same page a post on how great the latest episode of Game of Thrones was, or insist that The Big Bang Theory is hilarious. Why do we support nudity and homosexual characters on TV/Movies, but boycott companies who also support those things? I realize not every person does this, but I’d be willing to bet more do than do not.
It’s a waste of time.
At least it is for me. If you want to boycott any of the companies I’ve mentioned above, or come up with some new ones, have at it! I have better things to do. The truth is, I’m probably in agreement with the vast majority of you on these issues who are reading this. But there’s something I’ve learned over the years — not one of the companies that have been boycotted have changed their ways. You might find one or two who will for a short period of time, but then they go right back to doing what they were doing before. Can anyone seriously name one secular company that once supported homosexual, or other objectionable issues, that doesn’t do it today because they were boycotted? I can’t. If you know of one, feel free to add a comment below.
Well, now you know why I don’t do boycotts. If you disagree, that is fine with me. Believe me, I can handle it. Feel free add your comments.
I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” – Psalm 2:7-9 (ESV)
Referring to the coming resurrection of the Christ (see Acts 13:33) the Father decrees that the Son of God can have the entire world as His inheritance. And for what purpose? To break the nations to pieces and smash them to bits. It all sounds quite violent, doesn’t it? While this decree had immediate implications, the reference appears to be to the coming of the end of the world order as we know it when the resurrected Son comes back and reclaims all that is His. There will come a time when all is destroyed to make room for God’s new and perfect creation (2 Peter 3:7ff).
While for the present Satan is the god of this world, the true King of the World is, and always has been, Jesus the Christ. We worship the Son who has the ability to create and destroy with a spoken word. He is all-powerful, and He is completely worthy of our praise. There is nothing that we can say or do that is more important or fulfilling than bowing down to Him in worship.
1) Have you ever considered God’s violent nature? How does this nature fit in with your understanding of God’s holiness and grace?
2) Does God have the right to destroy His creation?
Barry L. Davis spent two decades as a pastor and now works full-time writing and ministering to others in Christian ministry as well as to anyone else who is interested in learning and living out the Word of God. Learn more at: http://amazon.com/author/barrydavis