Should I Boycott a Business?

21 Nov

Ephesians 5:15, 16, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time because the days are evil.”

My short answer to business boycotts is “no.”

I don’t mean that I utilize every store out there.  I don’t find much in Frederick’s of Hollywood that would work for me as a middle-aged woman.   So I don’t go there.  But that is not an organized boycott.

What I mean is that I don’t join causes because there are far too many good ones.  If I joined them all, I would end up boycotting every store out there, for one reason or another.

In fact, a Christian friend who was in the reserves with me did that math with me over lunch one drill weekend.  We were being asked to boycott Kmart due to the porn being openly sold there.  And, in all honesty, when I walked past a pimply-faced young teen openly looking at nude female bodies in the magazine section one day, when my precious two-year-old baby was in the seat of my shopping cart, I almost did decide to never go back to Kmart again.

Yet, my friend and I spent this particular lunch making a list of the reasons we would boycott stores (porn, support of pro-abortion causes, Chinese-made products, etc.) and found there was no place we could, in good conscience, shop.

Since neither of us was in a position to grow all of our own fruits, vegetables, and grains, nor to raise our own livestock, let alone raise the sources for our clothing, we decided that we would stay in the real world of utilizing real businesses.

I don’t, as a rule, buy Chinese-made products when there is any other option, because they lost me at the part where their manufacturers put a white product related to titanium in their infant formula and killed many of their own Chinese children.

I don’t need that kind of surprise in my diet, or in my lotions or clothing.

As a result, I hardly ever set foot in Walmart.  But that is due to the fact that they sell a high percentage of products made in China.

Yet I don’t do boycotts.

I have never swerved on that opinion.

I think we can do much more for non-Christians if we engage with them rather than engaging in boycotts.

Again, that doesn’t mean I would enter the Playboy Mansion.

But I wouldn’t call my avoidance of it a boycott either.




2 Responses to “Should I Boycott a Business?”

  1. Donald November 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM #

    This kindof reminds me of my days of youth in the 70’s being implored from the pulpit not to support beer manufacturer Andheiser Busch by going to their gardens. We were told the much better decision would be to go to Kings Dominion. What a conundrum was had then when we discovered KD was owned {at that time) by Paramount Pictures!

    • Mary Gardner Martin November 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

      I agree, Donnie. There is always something. Plus some people only live by one amusement park and don’t have another choice, except not to go at all (and I am okay with that choice if someone makes it).

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