Boycotts – More Carnal Weapons

Great article by Rick Frueh at Following Judah’s Lion

Men and women have risked their lives for Jesus Christ…Even today there are men and women whose lives are at risk daily…

But in today’s evangelical paradise what makes the news are spurious little attempts to appear as if we are confronting evil. No longer will we be asked to leave our comfortable surroundings. No longer will we be asked to sacrifice. No longer will we be called upon to give our very lives. This modern war is not about Jesus. It is not even about salvation by faith alone. It is about the moral issue du jour. A believer is interviewed and says he supports traditional marriage, and the unbelievers take an offense. Ok, so far so good. Then the unbelievers organize a boycott of Chick-Fil_A sandwiches, and the Christian community goes into reactionary mode as is their tradition…

No sweat, no tears, no wounds, no thorns, no lashes, no punches, and no blood. None of these, only chicken sandwiches. That’s how far we have come? The entire spectacle is a pitiful and sad accounting for the faith once delivered to the saints. It is as if the early believers fought on a battlefield rich with the glory of sacrifice and even death, while we fight with plastic soldiers in a sandbox and call it standing for Christ.

After recently (and quite unsuccessfully) ‘going a few rounds’ with fellow believers at the Christian Post, concerning Chick-Fil-A day, my only wish is they could read this article. 


14 comments on “Boycotts – More Carnal Weapons

  1. Well, in a world that thinks paying for contraception is religious persecution, I guess that buying chicken sandwiches counts as taking a bold stand.

    I don’t think that the Christians in China, Palestine, or Iran will be overly sympathetic.

    • in a world that thinks paying for contraception is religious persecution, I guess that buying chicken sandwiches counts as taking a bold stand.

      Yes, sadly the American Church thinks so. 😦

  2. It doesn’t matter how many articles we post or share, they are not going to listen. I have been called all sorts of names of facebook for posting a few of this guys articles. Sigh….thanks for posting this PJ, it was wonderful.

    • You’re probably right Teresa. I keep hoping though…

      I agree, this was a wonderful message posted by Rick!

  3. I love this “protest”. Eating more delicious chicken sandwiches. It’s like eating MORE ice cream for lent!

    • Aha! true 🙂

      By the way Rick, i just want to personally tell you your message was truly inspired. Thank you so much for posting it.

  4. As Teresa points out, facebook is a great example of how completely our whole society has been caught up in this madness. It used to be that you could count on members of the gay community to act like children when they didn’t get their way, now, even “Christians” have joined the circus. On my facebook account, I see post after post go by with the apparent motivation of trying to prove how holy, devout, and brave the poster is by daring to not shop at this business or that because the owner of that business as transgressed some sacred “biblical” standard. From beliefs about abortion to gay marriage to even breathing a hint of support for some “ungodly” political candidate, they all get the treatment on facebook with everything from scornful derogatory graphics to organized efforts to humiliate and destroy them. And of course the “Christians” see no problem at all in joining forces with the most ungodly fellow travelers in promoting and executing these crusades.

    “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. Therefore ‘put away from yourselves the evil person.'” ICor 5.12-13

    What is so difficult about understanding this passage? For all those caught up in the chicken sandwich circus, it is as if this passage has been blotted out of the Bible.

    I can not understand why ANY business owner would associate their business with any political cause in the first place. I also cannot understand why any consumer would care about what political cause a business might be promoting. And, I can’t see why any consumer would lionize or demonize a business over their promotion of a given political cause.

    I, myself, shop at businesses that promote causes I detest. Why? Because I judge businesses on issues like price and service. I also seek out professionals based on their reputation for expertise, not on which side they are on. Everything in our society has now become a “them” and “us” distinction and we are not supposed to have anything to do with “them” and we are supposed to stand shoulder to shoulder with “us”, INCLUDING those of “us” that might be anything from Mormons to strident Libertarians. What a colossal zoo!!!

    • I, myself, shop at businesses that promote causes I detest..

      George, im wagering we all do…most times without knowing it.

      In my area Duke Energy is our only gas & electric provider. Should i stop using gas and electricity if its revealed the CEO (or members of the board) hold to personal beliefs contrary to mine? It a silly question isn’t it? 🙂

      I’m with you, where i shop or what i purchase depends on the best quality and price. And that goes for what fast-food establishment i frequent.

      What a colossal zoo!!!

      Couldn’t have said it any better George, what a colossal zoo!

    • It actually comes all the way down to shopping for groceries. Some of the money I spend on groceries makes its way into the paychecks of every employee who works there and into the pockets of all the upstream suppliers as well. Do each of these beneficiaries of my patronage have to pass some kind of moral/political test before I spend a dime at that store? One may say that this is a ridiculous example, and, of course, it is. But from there on it is one very wide gray line. At what point does one say boycott? The only answer that makes sense is “never”. Boycotts are a waste of time anyway. They don’t really work. They just cost the consumer more and narrow consumer choice in the market place. They have to be extremely broad based to actually affect the business in question sufficiently to cause them to change their practices. But there IS something that ALWAYS works. That is, of course, the Gospel. The Gospel offers hope and forgiveness. No amount of carnal activism can achieve that. As always, Rick is right on the mark with his commentary. He is a gift to us all!

  5. I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
    (1 Corinthians 5:9-11 ESV)

    The bible is pretty clear about this point. if we want to take not patronizing people who disagree with us to the logical conclusion Christians have to exit this world!

  6. We are in the world but not of it. I shop at the closest and cheapest businesses. I have never felt that boycotts were of Christ. In fact, it often gives me a chance to share a word like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Holiness is not avoiding sinners, its having a power to affect them.

    • Holiness is not avoiding sinners, its having a power to affect them.

      Amen! Words to live by Rick…

  7. George, again, you make a good point.

    And yes PJ, you should be prepared to use wood chips from your hacking down of those fine Kentucky trees to stay warm and cook if Duke won’t bow down to your religious practices! 🙂

    In the previous verses from 1 Corinthians 5, 9-11 and building off what George cited, I would add the Apostle Paul goes on to say we are to make a distinction within our Church fellowships about the behavior and conduct of the brethren but when dealing with the world and doing business in the world with Christian and worldly businesses we should expect and know that we will be dealing with the sexually immoral, with swindlers, with greedy people and with idolaters.

    On the other hand, in the book of James, we are forbidden to make a distinction because of a person’s status when them come among us:

    See James 2:1-9

    In any event, I am glad the Lord is still governing the world’s affairs and the Church and in control of all creation; and He will sort all this out after the final hour of the final day! In the mean time, being of good cheer taking things in stride and heart and staying calm is in order as Jesus admonished:

    Joh 16:28 I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”
    Joh 16:29 His disciples said, “Ah, now you are speaking plainly and not using figurative speech!
    Joh 16:30 Now we know that you know all things and do not need anyone to question you; this is why we believe that you came from God.”
    Joh 16:31 Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?
    Joh 16:32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
    Joh 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.
    But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

    Also, we should realize that there is an immature as well as mature Church in the world as these verses seem to indicate and I want to note especially verse 3:

    Heb 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
    Heb 6:2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
    Heb 6:3 And this we will do if God permits.

    • And yes PJ, you should be prepared to use wood chips from your hacking down of those fine Kentucky trees to stay warm and cook if Duke won’t bow down to your religious practices!

      ahaha! 🙂

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