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Worldview Made Practical - Issue 3-17

Worldview Made Practical - Issue 3-17

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Published by Freddy Davis
Should Christians Boycott Offending Businesses?
Should Christians Boycott Offending Businesses?

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Do you believe that you have a responsibility to direct your money toward places which specifically accomplish the pur-poses of God? For Christians, that is an easy one. Of course we should. How about this one? Do you believe that youhave a responsibility to make sure that the money you spend does not go toward causes which actively work against thepurposes of God? That one is a bit harder. On the surface, the obvious answer is, “YES.” Why, after all, would we spendmoney to undo the things that we are trying to accomplish as we follow God? But the simple fact is, we often end up sup-porting anti-Christian causes without even realizing it. There are actually companies out there, which you give money to,which are specifically and intentionally supporting causes which go against our Christian faith. Today’s article helps us getsome perspective on this.Before getting to the article, though, let me mention a couple of important things. First, the next worldview workbook has just been completed. It will become available within the next couple of weeks. This one is, “What is the Christian World-view?” Keep your eyes open for its availability.
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In the early part of the Gulf War, the country music sensa-tion, the Dixie Chicks, came out strongly against the war and did it in such a way as to personally disparage thepresident of the United States. The backlash against themby country music fans was swift and dramatic. Their former fans quit buying their albums, refused to attend their con-certs, and country radio stations quit playing their music.They continue to be somewhat popular in certain overseasvenues and in the Northeast part of the US. But their tradi-tional base will no longer support them and they are not the“phenoms” they used to be.This kind of boycott was not one that was called by someopposing group of people. Rather, the ones who chose toboycott them did so spontaneously out of their personalconvictions of not wanting to financially support people whohad radically different values concerning the country theyloved.Some boycotts are spontaneous like that. But there arethose which are organized and planned. For instance, onthe other side of the political divide, there are many liberalgroups which despise Walmart. A big part of this hatredcomes from unions because Walmart is not unionized andhas refused to go in that direction. Another part of the ha-tred comes from local store owners who are not able tocompete against them in the marketplace. Regardless, of the specific reason, there are many people who hate thisbig box store and boycott it.Over the last several years, various Christian groups havecalled for boycotts on corporations such as Disney, Proctor and Gamble, Ford, Levi Strauss and McDonalds. Most of the recent calls to boycott are reactions against organiza-tions which publicly and actively support issues which are
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MarketFaith Ministries is an equipping ministry which is focused on helping Christians become more effectivein living out their faith in the midst of the increasingly diverse worldview environment of modern society.
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Volume 3 Number 17 September 10, 2008
Should Christians Boycott Offending Businesses?
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contrary to Christian beliefs – issues such as support of the homosexual movement, abortion, sexual promiscuity amongteens, and the like.As Christians, we certainly do want to stand up for our Christian faith and for Biblical truth. The question becomes:Should we, as Christians, boycott business which promote things we don’t believe in and find offensive? Let’s take a lookat the real issues which are at stake and see if we can discover some principles concerning this.The first principle that comes to the forefront is the concept of Christian stewardship. A steward is a person who is givenresponsibility for managing the resources of another. In understanding Christian stewardship, we must recognize that theowner of everything is God. We don’t have a house or car or job or free money – it all belongs to God. However, he hasentrusted us with the management and use of those resources in order to accomplish his purposes in the world.So when it comes to spending money, the first priority is not our own desires, but the very purpose of God. That beingthe case, we must not only look at what we spend money on, but also who we spend it with. Suppose there is a companyor organization which supports abortion or the homosexual agenda. If we spend our money with them, we are, in effect,supporting those things ourselves because money that we give to the company goes to help those causes. The issuethat we have to deal with in any particular case is: Do the actions of an organization rise to a level which should compelus, as Christians, to avoid doing business with them? As we consider this question, let’s look at some of the ways vari-ous companies and organizations operate in this arena.As a mater of policy, or for public relations purposes, most companies interact with their communities. They do this bysuch things as involving themselves in charitable events, buying advertising or sponsorships in high profile communityactivities, giving grants to causes and organizations that they believe in, putting people on the boards of organizationsthey want to support, using company personnel and resources to help causes they believe in, and so on.Many of the causes and organizations which are supported by private companies in this way involve helping charities dosuch things as feed the poor, mentor at risk kids, provide resources for handicapped people, build playgrounds for the
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The other important item relates to the Worldview Summit for Ministry Professionals to be held next January. The pur-pose of this summit is to provide pastors and others in ministry with special training on the topic of worldview. We arestill looking for financial support to help us pull this off. It is our desire to provide this training to ministry professionalsfree of charge. If you would be willing to donate to this cause, or know of any Christian companies or organizationswhich might be willing to help sponsor it, we would greatly appreciate your help. MarketFaith Ministries is a registerednon-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible. You can send your contribution to MarketFaith Ministries,321 Anton Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312. Or, you can donate online at the MarketFaith Ministries website atwww.marketfaith.org. Simply click on the “donate” button. And please share this need with your friends. Thanks so muchfor your help.I always love to hear from you. Contact me any time with your thoughts, opinions and suggestions.God bless,Freddy
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community, meet the needs of the elderly and other things such as this. And certainly no one has any objection to privatecontributions toward these kind of charitable works. In fact, almost everyone would encourage this kind of philanthropy.But in modern times, many companies are reaching out to support causes which actively and directly go against the workand will of God. By their advertising and other actions, many companies are promoting immoral lifestyles and supportinganti-Christian moral and political agendas. In doing this, they are making strategic and intentional decisions to promotethe immoral beliefs of company leaders or to market their products and services among various immoral subcultures with-in society.If it was simply a matter of gaining an economic advantage for the company, that would be bad enough. But the promo-tion of immoral lifestyles has a much wider negative impact. By working toward normalizing immoral behavior in society,these companies are creating situations which do actual damage to our country and culture. The activities they promotecause children to stumble, promote a culture of death, promote risky behavior related to physical and psychologicalhealth, make it more difficult for Christians to express their faith by suppressing speech, create a society which is destruc-tive to its citizens and lead people away from a relationship with God.At this point we simply need to state the obvious. While every private company has the right to spend its money any wayit wants, active support for anti-Christian causes by these companies reflects an underlying worldview that is contrary toour Christian faith. In other words, they are actively working against those of us who call ourselves Christians. And if that
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; a free e-zineproduced by MarketFaith Ministries featuring practicalteaching and life tools to help Christians become more ef-fective in their faith life. Discover MarketFaith Ministries atwww.marketfaith.org.is the case, we ought to consider very carefully whether or not we should support them by buying their products andservices.For the most part, we are looking at worldview positionswhich have their basis in Naturalism. By advocating for po-sitions which are anti-Christian, these companies are as-serting that there is no such thing as objective morality.Rather, for them, the most important issues relate to thecompany’s bottom line or the moral proclivities of thecompany’s leaders. In either case, the worldview founda-tion promotes a view that morality is nothing more thanwhat each person (or company) wants it to be. There is noacknowledgment of God, and certainly no interest in pro-moting a form of morality which takes his revelation intoconsideration.At this point, we need to make a decision regarding our personal criteria for supporting a particular company. Mostof us do this already as it relates to certain areas. For in-stance, typically we will not do business with a company if we know them to be dishonest. We will also generallyavoid doing business with companies which we know tosell inferior products or have bad customer service. Now,we need to also decide whether or not we will support com-panies which back moral positions that we find objection-able.As Christians, our highest loyalty should always be toChrist. As we look at our culture, we should be very con-cerned when we see people or groups promoting thatwhich is anti-Christian. Our first reaction should be that weare not going to support companies and organizationswhich are actively working against God’s purposes. In ad-dition to that, we should let our voice be heard. The badactions of these organizations are having a negative effecton the future of our society and our children. They are also
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