Regardless of which side is doing it, I don’t agree with groups boycotting each other. I mean really, what’s the point? Both sides end up losing ground in the process: one side looses the actual battle, and the other side looses their integrity. In my opinion anyways.
Though nothing makes my blood boil more than a group of Christians who take a boycotting stand against a group/company they don’t agree with. I honestly don’t understand why this happens, and how they can rightfully justify their actions. Now, before I loose some of you, let me state what I am advocating for. I am not advocating to allow immoral life to triumph over moral life, nor am I advocating that Christians sit back and allow the world to fall apart. Though what I am advocating is that the Christian community begins to handle itself a bit more professionally; a bit more dignified; a bit more like JESUS.
Let’s face it, the Christian community is all too quick in rallying together a boycott of someone/something that they don’t agree with. Yet, I have not found a scripture, by JESUS, Paul or Peter, that calls us to do such action against those who we are at odds with. Though, I do see all three men constantly pushing us to be light in a dark world, to be witnesses and forerunners of a new way of life, and to be salt in a seemingly bland culture (Matthew 5:13-16, 1 Peter 2:12). Yet, if we really stop and look at ourselves, are we doing just that, or have we rewritten parts of the gospel to attend to our own itching ears?
I bring all of this up because I just finished reading an article about a Christian boycott on McDonald’s. Apparently the company has joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which aides in fighting for fairness in LGBT businesses (click here for more). According to the American Family Association, they state the following:
AFA has asked for a boycott of McDonald’s restaurants because of the company’s promotion of the gay agenda. AFA asked McDonald’s to remain neutral in the culture war. McDonald’s refused. “This boycott is not about hiring gays or how gay employees are treated. It is about McDonald’s choosing to put the full weight of their corporation behind promoting their agenda,” the AFA alert said. To read the full article, click.
So, going to the NGLCC site and clicking on the Corporate Partners link, I found McDonald’s name listed as a corporate partner, just like the above article said I would. But you know, I found several other corporate partners listed too. And I thought, “Wow, are we going to boycott all of these companies too?” Should I stop using computers, because Intel is a founding partner of the NGLCC. And then there’s Wells Fargo, Motorola, and American Express who are also founding partners. Going down the page, under the corporate partner section (where McDonald’s is listed) you’ll find Citi Cards/Bank, Burger King, Kodak, AT&T, UPS, Capital One, Johnson & Johnson, Xerox, Coors Light, Office Max, Century 21, ACME, etc. What would we actually gain if we boycotted all of these companies and services?
The above article’s title sends a strong message, “McDonald’s: Christian boycotters ‘hate’ homosexuals”. And even if this isn’t our exact message, this is the message that the world around us hears every time we pick up a protest sign or call for another boycott. ‘There’s those Christians again; always hating and making a ruckus of judgment. How long will the boycott last this time?’
What’s my point? I would be the first to speak out against the lies of homosexuality, and to stand up for the truth of GOD – please understand this. But I honestly do not think that by the Church boycotting the gay agenda and its supporters of such, that much will actually change. I mean seriously, who gives any amount of time to a group of people that are constantly yelling in your face about how wrong you are and how what you stand for is stupid? How are we helping the world to better understand the truth of CHRIST; when did yelling your agenda at someone ever win them to CHRIST?
In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul talks about an interesting point between the believer and unbeliever. He basically says that for all those who are not believers, there’s this veil that covers their hearts (v. 3:15), as if to hide them from understanding the Truth – which is JESUS. He then says that all believers, those who understand the Truth, don’t have these veils hindering them from such Truth, because they are free to understand and embrace such truth through JESUS. Then Paul says something that is pretty awesome, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect (contemplate) the LORD’S glory, are being transformed into HIS likeness …” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
When the Church boycotts the world, especially over petty issues as the given article, I believe we’re tying the world’s veil tighter around their eyes, because frankly, we’re not really being JESUS to them – if you really think about it. Nor are we helping them to better understand the Truth; the very one that has set us free from ignorance and hostility (Ephesians 2). Buying a Big Mac at McDonald’s doesn’t mean that you’re for gay marriage, just like driving fast doesn’t mean your a Nascar fan. Instead, I wonder, how often do you pray about the situations going on in the world? How involved are you in being part of the solution instead of being just another leg of the problem? Why does it seem that the Church (Christians) cares more about certain issues, like gay marriage and boycotting companies that support them, then caring about the homeless population that is increasing each day. Or about the orphaned children of the world? Why don’t we “boycott” the Internet, in hopes to get porn off of it so innocent teens don’t continue to get addicted to sexual immorality? Why don’t we “boycott” places that allow child prostituation to go on within their countries? I hope you’re getting my point.
We’ve grown into a community of people that boycotts at the drop of a hat, and we always manage to forget our Bibles at home on the book shelf. We boycott for the wrong reasons, slapping on our signature “… in JESUS”, and then wonder why our churches are loosing ground in today’s culture. Why people are so tired of religion and it’s message. Why many think that GOD and HIS followers are two very different people.
As the veil continues to be lifted from our eyes and hearts, may we continue to be transformed into the likeness of CHRIST, and in doing so, may we help those around us better understand the true message of HIM who shines through us.