MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Shopping

July 9th, 2014 Viewed 1437 times, 1 so far today
He wants to find the best deal.  She doesn't care as long as she gets to buy something and hold his hand.

He wants to find the best deal. She doesn’t care as long as she gets to buy something and holds his hand.

Boycotting Stores That Promote/Sponser Sin

November 18th, 2004 Viewed 1648 times

I believe the first boycott that I ever heard of/got involved in happened when I was a kid.  A local gas station / convenience store took the “men’s” magazines from behind the counter and put them in front of the door where all could see when entering.  Our local church called for a boycott of the store– which is/was a chain.  We were getting some regular grocery products like milk there, and we decided that we would boycott that and the gas, and move to the competitor.

It appears that it did nothing.  The station is still there today.  They still have the same display (I believe).  So what did it do?

There are many boycotts running around today.  Some are a hoax or are positively pointless.  Once could do a search on Snopes.Com for boycotts and find 61 links to boycotts.  Now, I didn’t check on their veracity,
but a majority of these are urban legends or pointless.  Remember the one about boycotting gas stations on a particular day?

Should Christian’s get involved in boycotts?  My mother in law won’t buy anything Proctor and Gamble because of some of the things they support.  My parents went through a phase where they left AT&T because they supported homosexuals.  The United Way comes around asking for money, and yet some times their recipients are Planned Parenthood.

When I try to think Biblically about this question, I come to Paul in Romans 14.  The discussion there is on Christian liberty, but Paul uses two examples.  One of them is eating meat offered to idols– and he claims
that a strong Christian would know that it was ok to eat this meat.

According to my understanding, this meat was offered as an offering to an idol, and then sold in that temple’s court.  Now, one could assume that the money would be used to support the temple and to line the
pockets of the peddlers.  Was Paul blessing giving money to false-god worship?  I also understand that the price of that meat was cheaper, though I could be wrong.  Does this mean that if I can get a better price at a place of ill repute I should?

What can we take away from Romans 14 about boycotts?  First, I think that if not boycotting would be wrong
for you, it’s definitely a sin– don’t buy it!  Second, what the person you buy something from does with your money is their responsibility– we are called to be good stewards of our money.  If we’re paying for a product/service that we need, we should get the best price.

There is room in here for differences of opinion.  There’s also room in here to say that if you find someone who is competitive who is doing the right things and supporting the right people, we should support them.  However, I don’t know that we should go researching every person we do business with and asking to see their financial records before spending a dollar!

The better point is that, even if we choose to buy something from someone who is not going to do right with
it, that we maintain a Christlike attitude and love that person, even if he is doing something wrong with his money…

Christmas Gifts

November 12th, 2004 Viewed 1770 times, 1 so far today

Is it just me, or has it become more difficult over the years to purchase a gift for someone– be it a family member or friend– than it has been in the past.  In times of online wish lists and people needing things that are more expensive, it seems to me that I’m struggling trying to 1) get something someone wants and 2) afford it without going massively in debt.

On the first hand is getting something that someone wants.  I think that for the first time in a long time I have more ideas about what to get people than ever before.  Friends use those wish lists, family have been dropping hints– but not the normal hints.  The hints have been “a grill”, “a workshop toolkit”, “a  dishwasher”, etc.  These are fine and good– if one has the money.

Which brings me to my second problem.  I’ve been trying to get out underneath debt, and one of my
first steps was getting one of those Christmas Club type things to save through out the year.  When I got the check recently, there really wasn’t all that much there to spread around to all the people that are
expecting gifts from my wife and I.  How do you cope?!

I’m sharing in my wife’s feelings that she loves giving, but doesn’t love the getting for the giving process.  That, and I share her wonderment at how our grandparents ever get anything for all of us…  It must take saving much more than I have this past year all year to do it!  And here I thought I was getting a jump on it all.

Next year won’t be as tight but will bring the same questions:  Big gift with multi-way payment or small.  And who all is included?  And just wait until my kids start getting old enough to where they actually know
they’re getting gifts.

(Don’t get me going about having two December birthdays in my house! )

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.