Why I’m Not A Boycotting Christian isn’t being written to burn the ears of the boycotters or to tickle the ears of the Christians who don’t boycott. I want to share my reasons for not boycotting with you. I don’t have a soapbox, heck I probably don’t even have soap right now so don’t get all excited or start pulling out your pitchforks.
Why I’m Not A Boycotting Christian:
I spend a reasonable amount of time online, and anytime something new read scary, happens, I see a flurry of activity on every side of an issue. Some people choose to boycott, but I don’t find that helpful.
While I may not agree with everything a company, our government, or my friends and acquaintances say or do, I don’t feel the need to vow publicly never to support them.
Why? I don’t just see a company. I see people. There are people behind every commercial, every sign, every catalog. Real people. Hurting people. You may not know anyone that works at Target, or Disney, or Mattel or any of the other companies you boycott, but I promise you there are people there. There are probably even other Christians there.
I like shopping at Target, and buying from Target doesn’t change the fact that our entire world is full of evil and corruption. If anything I feel like by boycotting a company I’m adding to the constant negativity in this world. That’s not to say I don’t stand up for what I believe in even if people don’t like it, but boycotting doesn’t seem worth the effort.
The truth is boycotting doesn’t do much.
Well, other than make Christians look like people who are never happy and always looking for a fight. I’m not saying that’s how I see you, but if the world sees as many Christian articles as I do, they see people who are continually complaining about how bad companies, our government, and society are and not much else. That’s not to say there aren’t Christians doing amazing things, beautiful God-honoring things, but they don’t get nearly as much attention.
I want to be a light to the world. I want to go into the world to share the good news, not bad news. I want to do what God wants me to do because I have prayed and feel the Holy Spirit leading me. To this day, I have never been directed to boycott.
If you think transgender people using the bathroom is terrible, how do you feel about sweatshops? Sure you can’t boycott them all, but how do you decide? How do you boycott Target without also boycotting GAP, Old Navy, and the Banana Republic?
See this is where it gets muddy. I think we boycott when we are angry, and I do get mad about issues and things that need to be changed, but I want to find a way to use that anger to produce positive change. I want to think about the people behind the bullseye. The teen moms, the single parents, the elderly, all the people who work for the company. Will I attack them for working there? No, of course not, but I will make sure that Target doesn’t get a dime from me. I don’t see who that helps. It’s not like you can buy everything from a Christian big box store so how do you choose and even if you could what does that say? That you only support people who are like you? Who believes what you believe, and do what you think is right?
Not only that but how in the world can you witness when you shun sinful people like the plague, which btw have you looked inside your church? Like REALLY looked? If I’m there, I can promise you there is a sinful person in the house. Let’s face it; we are a world of sinners, but somehow we keep believing that we are better because we are saved and we do believe we need to witness, but the verse about being in the world but not of it keeps throwing us off.
Look, Jesus ate with SINNERS, walked with SINNERS, talked with SINNERS, loved SINNERS, and did everything with SINNERS, and I’m not talking about the prostitute. I’m talking about the 12 disciples and his parents. None of them were saved until Jesus died on the cross. We often think that because they followed him, they aren’t included in the list of things Jesus did with sinners, but they were not paid for until Jesus died for them.
Satan is indeed a crafty one. He uses our salvation and relationship with God to fuel our sin nature. He confuses us, and in our pride, we believe we are honoring God with our anger and our soapboxes. We are prideful, and we believe we are right. Think about the times Jesus was harsh with people or angry. Every single case I can recount (calling people vipers and flipping tables in the temple) in the Bible of Jesus’ anger was roused by people who claimed to be religious. He didn’t fight with those who didn’t believe or move away from them; he walked towards them.
The truth is I don’t know if you should boycott because I’m not the Holy Spirit living within you, I know why I don’t.
People are changed by love, not anger or hate.
Why did you fall in love with Jesus? Was it because he was angry with you over your sin? Was it because he loved you in spite of your weak and feeble heart and DIED for you. I mean, think about that. You were exactly like the owners of Target, and Jesus laid down his life for you. He didn’t boycott you.
Answer that honestly. Do you believe anger and outrage move people, or is it, love?
So that’s me. That’s why I don’t boycott. Again, if you boycott that is totally up to you, I don’t know what God has spoken to your heart, I know that he hasn’t expressed it to mine. If that bothers you, please pray for me and remember that there is nothing new happening. There is no original sin, and there is nothing that is happening today that God doesn’t already know about. He is in control!