In last week’s article I explained my disagreement with boycotts in general and the boycotting of Target in particular. Of those within the Christian Community who shared their thoughts with me, all but one disagreed including my brother who is normally a staunch supporter of my views. It caused me to review what had been shared and to revisit the issue in this week’s article.
I was surprised that so many of my brothers and sisters in Christ thought I was wrong. I wasn’t surprised because they disagreed with me. Like everyone I have a fallen nature that I must guard against in what I think, say and do. I willingly confess, I am flawed and subject to mistakes. For someone to question my judgment does not upset me or surprise me.
But there were two things that did surprise me.
First, not a single believer who disagreed with me cited a biblical basis for their disagreement. No one said to me boycotts are biblical and here is where the Bible says so. I know the word “boycott” is not a biblical term. It entered the English language circa 1880 long after the Scriptures had been penned. What I mean by a “biblical basis” is there a theological principle in the Bible that would support the concept of a boycott. If there is one they kept it to themselves.
Second, I cited as support for my views the words of Christ who told us to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” and Paul who instructed us, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Not a single person who disagreed with me said I misquoted Jesus or Paul, or misread, misinterpreted, or misapplied their words.
It is one thing to disagree with me and question my judgment; it is quite another thing to disregard the Word of God. Do my critics suggest Christ would agree with us boycotting those who persecute us instead of His command to pray for them? Do they think Paul would agree that boycotting is a good way of overcoming evil?
In an article last year I wrote my disagreement with Franklin Graham (it is the only time I can remember disagreeing with him) when he called for believers to boycott Wells Fargo because of an ad it produced showing a lesbian couple learning sign language in order to adopt a speech impaired child. He is now telling New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio he is wrong in calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. Seems like boycotting is a two edged sword.
I write about current events from an avowedly biblical perspective. So the issue for me boils down to one simple question; what does the Bible say about it? Jesus once questioned His followers, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” That’s the question I’m asking.