You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Galatians 5: 13-15)
____________________________________________________As christians we try to do well. We really do. It's just sometimes we get it all wrong.
Take boycotts for instance.
We take the stance of We will show them! We will Boycott!
What will we show them exactly?
If you take a look at the past christian boycotts i.e. Disney, Starbucks, certain TV shows, what did it accomplish?
Well, I guess if you consider christians looking foolish, it did accomplish that. Can't you just see Jesus in Heaven shaking his head? I can.
And I know you can see non-christians rolling their eyes and saying,"Here they go again."
We've become known for more of what we are against than what we are for. And this has to change.
People will know we are Christians by the way we love. (John 13:35)
Love, grace, and mercy should be our battle cry. (Tweet This!)
Instead the world knows and hates us by our lack of love and judgement.
Boycotting stores and people that disagree with us is not the way for non-believers to know Jesus.
We are to be in this world not of it, and that looks differently for all of us. Do I think we should not support corporations that are doing evil in this world? Absolutely. I don't support companies that give to planned parenthood, or contribute to the porn industry.
These are my personal convictions.However, our personal choices should not be forced onto someone else. In a perfect world our government and schools would have Jesus at the forefront. We wouldn't have to deal with other opposing religions or lack of. But this is not our world. Until then, we are called to love.
We don't have to agree with views different than ours. But we do have to respect and love the heck out of people that are different than us.
When an institution like the church tells its congregants to boycott for Jesus, this rubs me the wrong way. Jesus doesn't need our help. Sometimes we need to get out of His way and let Him work.
The ways of Jesus gets overshadowed by our pride and anger. We feel righteous in our anger, I know, I've been there. I've boycotted places that didn't say Merry Christmas. I wasn't going to let the world take my Christ out of Christmas! I didn't go to Starbucks for a long time because of who they donate money to.
And then I was convicted that this was not something I should do. Jesus didn't boycott people who didn't know Him. He went to them, ate with them, drank with them. That's what we should do too.
That's why I don't participate in boycotts. If I feel led by the Holy Spirit in me to not support a company then I won't, but you won't find me doing so out of guilt induced by other people. I feel there are better ways to love my neighbors than declaring what I am against.
"Let everyone see you are considerate in all you do." (Philippians 4:5)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."(Matthew 5:43-48)If we only show love and kindness to those who think like us, act like us, worship like us, then how are we different than anyone else in this world?
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