I do not like boycotts. In fact, the only thing I boycott is boycotts. Why? Because to me it seems that boycotts violate the very call to take the gospel to all men. I just cannot wrap my head or heart around the image of seeing Jesus, or Paul for that matter, leading a picket line or social demonstration to force morality upon others. I can sum up my problems with boycotts with 10 simple questions.
1) Isn’t the Gospel for all?
2) How can we reach people by boycotting them?
3) How can we love people when we are standing aloof and boycotting their business?
4) How can we communicate their need for Christ while refusing to enter their work space?
5) Why offend with boycotting the very people I’m called to reach?
6) How can I reach them and demonstrate the gospel if I fail to enter their everyday life?
7) Why make social mores or public laws the dividing line for who gets respect and who does not?
8) Why make the moral law the central issue when the gospel is about grace, repentance and redemption?
9) Are we called to make men moral, socially acceptable or offer them spiritual life?
10) Are we called to establish an organized boycott to correct society or to plant a church by preaching the gospel to reveal a testimony of grace and truth?
I will support those who stand for godliness and righteousness, whether in business or politics. However, if you ever see me participating in an organized boycott in the name of Christianity, please walk up and ask me the questions from this post. Either I’m not thinking clearly or have spiritually abandoned the call to preach the gospel to every creature.
Secularists and social progressives are using the same tactics promoted against them in the 1980’s and 90’s by so-called Christian activists. That is, using boycotts in an attempt to change society instead of preaching the message of redemption. The progressives learned about boycotts because religious men of the past used these moralistic activities to strong arm them into submission. The church is reaping the whirlwind in return for the foolish unbiblical antics of the previous generation. (Hos. 8:7)
If I refuse to offer my support or patronage to a business, it will be as an individual and upon personal convictions…not as an organized attempt to guide the masses into social reform. There is too much at stake for dumbing down the gospel for the sake of social mores or public law. Therefore you will not see me carrying signs of protest or marching in the streets. Instead of boycotting, I want to reach out with the gospel–speaking truth in love! The only thing I will lift is Christ and Him Crucified. If men are offended at the scandal of the cross, so be it.