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Should Christians boycott companies that support anti-Christian policies?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Some Christian organizations have declared boycotts of companies with anti-Christian policies. Starbucks, Amazon, Nike, and other corporations have been the target of such boycotts. Those calling f...

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Open uri20131030 22623 f4m8o3 Jeffrey Kranz Believer, blogger, founder of the Overview Bible Project
Christians are not given a biblical mandate to boycott companies that support anti-Christian policies. We may boycott companies from pure motives, or even to preserve the conscience.

But I don't think we should fool ourselves into thinking a boycott will accomplish much of spiritual significance beyond this.
Here's three reasons I don't think Christian boycotts can (really) work:

1. We can’t stop people from spending money on sin (1 John 2:15–16). It's just how people are: no matter whom we're giving money to, they're going to spend some of it (or hoard it) in ways that do not glorify God.

2. Boycott logic doesn’t end anywhere we want to be. If the issue really is about someone else using “our” money on ungodly things, how can we buy from anyone? Unless we’re qualified to rank sins according to boycottability—and we’re not (James 2:10)—we’re in a rough spot.

3. Godly biblical figures traded with pagans. Solomon’s a good example, establishing trade with the surrounding (heathen) nations. Check out 2 Chronicles 1:14–17: "Solomon amassed chariots and horsemen. He had 1,400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen, and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king at Jerusalem. The king made silver and gold as plentiful in Jerusalem as stones, and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamores in the lowland. Solomon’s horses were imported from Egypt and from Kue; the king’s traders procured them from Kue for a price. They imported chariots from Egypt for 600 shekels of silver apiece and horses for 150 apiece, and by the same means they exported them to all the kings of the Hittites and the kings of Aram."

I don't believe boycotts are wrong; I just think they're spiritually ineffective. 

I wrote more on this issue here:
http://jaysondbradley.com/2013/01/13/7-reasons-christian-boycotts-cannot-really-work/

September 23 2013 1 response Vote Up Share Report


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Emilio 1992 Emo Tenorio Shomer
As a Bible believing Christian my dollars and time go only toward organizations that promote the full Liberties paid for in precious blood. (1 Corinthians 7:23)

I can not and will not support those who in anyway actively seek to limit those liberties or do any harm to the weakest souls among us in anyway. (Luke 12:21)

I choose not to pay tithes or make offerings onto the secular altars of our oppressors, call me old fashioned.(Leviticus 17:7; Psalms 135:15; Mark 10:42) 

Consider there are those who willingly sell their souls everyday for the coins of this realm without much thought. Imagine the wonders and works we might see if the kingdom withheld their coins from the Babylonian market place.(Luke 16:8)

In a semi free society, others are free to choose their own course of action as they may see fit.(Judges 17:6; Judges 21:25)

In the Lord's freedom and liberties..............warrior on.

September 22 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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20150702 091558 L.S. James
What are anti-Christian policies? Is the biblical Law aka the Torah of Moses or the Mosaic Law anti-Christian? If Sabbath violations, slavery, abortion, divorce, homosexuality and the like are altogether anti-Christian policies, then pray tell, where do Christians begin to boycott? 

For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who are outside God judges.. (1 Cor 5: 12, 13). For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet 4: 17, 18) 

Should Christians likewise boycott ’Christian’ law firms that front Christian lawyers to tackle divorce and lawsuits among bible-believing Christians? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren? But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers! Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? (1 Cor 6:5-7). 

Should Christians boycott Christian gynecologists that perform abortions at their consecrated clinics? Should Christians boycott Christian companies that flout eco-friendly laws and manufacture products derived from animal testing? Should Christians boycott Hollywood as if the grand old dame is void of Judeo-Christian patronage? Should Christians boycott churches peddling a different gospel (2 Cor 11:4; Gal 1) that may altogether run like a money-spinning secular entity?

Do we Christians speak from both ends of our mouths and contradict ourselves when we nail one vice if only to nurse another? Can we throw the baby out with the bathwater? Only the gullible will fall for that scheme hook, line and sinker. So, should Christians boycott companies that support anti-Christian policies? Irony of ironies, lest we shoot ourselves in the leg, it seems altogether absurd. 

The Jerusalem Council: Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they” (Acts 15:6-11). 

The Jerusalem Decree: For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well (Acts 15:28, 29). 

Thank God then for the present age of grace - while it lasts!

November 05 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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