In The World but Not of The World. A Response to the Negative Reaction of the Boycott of Target Because of Its Bathroom Policy
I just read two articles on the Target Bathroom Policy and the subsequent boycott of Target. Both of these articles disagree with boycotting Target. One is from The Daily Beast (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/26/all-the-things-you-can-no-longer-buy-if-you-re-really-boycotting-trans-friendly-businesses.html) and one from a blogger: http://ministryinthemommyhood.com/target-bathrooms-and-the-straight-conservative-preachers-wife/. I am disappointed with both of these articles. The Daily Beast article ridicules and pokes fun at the Target boycott, while the blogger’s article reveals a misunderstanding of and a naivety regarding the issue. Although I can agree with many points that the blogger asserts (one of which is that we need to be careful to not assume that those who want to hurt our children are only in the world), both of these articles miss the point in different ways. I will address The Daily Beast article first as the errors in it are more obvious.
The Daily Beast article basically asserts that if folks are going to boycott Target because of its support of homosexuals (I will mostly use the word “homosexual” or some derivative of this word in this article when referring to all the unnatural sexual affections promoted today.), then folks should boycott other companies as well, i.e. McDonalds, Apple, Coca Cola Bottling Co. and etc. because these companies also support homosexuality. And then the unspoken question is, how could we possibly get on in this world? Truly, if we were to boycott all companies that support and break God’s law, we would be left with no resources (clothing, housing, food, and etc.) with which to maintain the life that God has given us. Homosexuality is a sin among MANY others that are supported in one way or the other in the businesses of the world – for example: pornography (see what magazines are sold in the stores you frequent); and abortion (abortion pills available from pharmacy that you frequent). And what about the banks that you use? Do you know in what companies your bank invests? And in what companies do those companies invest? Even if you “lived off the land” and grew everything yourself, what company made the materials for the farm implements you use, whether if you go mechanical or not? Somewhere in the chain of the self-maintenance life, you will have financial connections with something against the Scriptures. There is no getting around it, we are in the world. God, though, tells us we are not to take ourselves completely out of society (1 Corin. 5:10). However, because the writer in The Daily Beast does not find her final authority in the Word of God, she says that in order for Christians to be consistent, we should boycott everything that smacks of sin (Though The Daily Beast probably would not use that word.) The Daily Beast writer has missed the point. Opposite of FORCING companies to take business that compromise Scriptural truths, Christians and concerned people are taking a stand AGAINST a company policy that encourages dangerous actions toward young girls and women. Are we sinning if we continue to give Target our business? No. Is it wrong to NOT give Target our business anymore? No. Is it good and right to raise awareness of this sinful policy and to take action in hopes of turning the tide? Yes. We are to be lights in this world. The darkness of this world is spreading and getting darker. Darkness, even in nature, occurs in stages. First, there are faint shadows, then more distinct shadows, then the shadows merge and become large black areas. Soon, as in a forest, after the sun goes down, all is dark. As lights in the world, Christians raise Spiritual awareness of God and of His Holiness. We are to do this in the midst of the growing darkness. Target’s policy is part of this growing darkness. If we can raise Spiritual awareness of an issue that is part of the spreading darkness, then we should, in lawful ways – as the Lord leads us. The proverbial camel’s nose is in the tent. As Target goes, many other establishments may go. The ramifications of a simple shopping day for folks of all ages will be astounding.
The Daily Beast writer also pointed out that if a person were to violate a young girl in the bathroom, that the perpetrator would receive the proper justice. The Daily Beast writer referenced such an incident that had happened in the past and the resulting justice. Well and good WHEN a perpetrator receives just punishment – IF they are caught; but the offense committed still leaves behind a wounded (in body, soul, and mind), and an horribly traumatized person who now has to deal with this horrific memory for the rest of their life. Rest assured, the shadow of sin does not lead to the light of uprightness.
Regarding the above mentioned blogger: One of the issues I have regarding her article is that she equates a boycott of Target as an unloving stance toward unbelievers. She is concerned about how the homosexual community will view this boycott of Target, that they will view the boycott as hate for homosexuals. Homosexuals, though they are mixed up by many things, do have a brain. Their homosexuality does not preclude them from having the ability to see the boycott for what it is – a nationwide community uprising in defense of the defenseless. However, I am convinced that many homosexuals will purposely ignore the essence of the action so as to push forward their sinful agenda. And the blogger is unwittingly promoting this decided warping of the purpose of the boycott.
The blogger also states that Christians are missing an opportunity to witness to transgenders (and I suppose she would also state that we are missing the opportunity to witness to males who just want to use the bathroom to molest females). This belief gets into the question of whether or not I am more effective in the way of salvation for an unbeliever by putting myself or my children in situations where harm is invited to occur (whether by a transgender or by a man who takes advantage of the policy) or by seeking out the salvation of the lost in a safer environment or even through prayer on my knees in my closet.
Defending the defenseless brings me to what I believe is a great naivety of the blogger. She – and I am sure, rightly so – considers herself a very protective mother. As such, she says that she will go into the bathroom with her little girls to protect them from those who may take advantage of them. With all due respect, unless she is a gun-slinging mother (with which I have no problem, except I cringe when I think about bullets ricocheting in a bathroom), or a body-builder, she will be next to, if not completely, ineffectual in the battle of the sexes, especially with a man who is determined to get what he wants. The scenario is not pleasant and probably will be even less pleasant through the eyes of the little ones she is trying to protect. And I wonder who will protect the little old ladies who cannot go one hour without using a bathroom. Yes, they get molested as well.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;