If you’ve read here for any length of time, you will know that I have many different opinions on boycotts. Sometimes I have promoted them. Sometimes I’ve explored it Biblically in context that there is always something sinful being promoted. Sometimes I’ve used it as a springboard to talk about different topics. And recently I waded into comments talking about the Boycott on McDonalds.
But should a Christian boycott something sinful?
Yes and No.
I know, great answer, right? Can’t go wrong there!
Yes, A Christian Should Boycott Something
Taking a stand against sin is always a good thing to do. You will never find Christ going into a house of ill repute to witness to the people in there, though you will find Him ministering to harlots.
Though Paul says that all things are lawful to him, not everything is expedient—meaning prudent. Paul may willingly abstain from meat offered to idols, not because and idol is a god, etc., but because it may cause a brother to stumble.
Right now, I’m not getting McDonalds food because my brothers and sisters are boycotting. That doesn’t mean I have a problem eating at McDonalds, or if you choose to eat there—that’s your liberty.
No, A Christian Should Not Boycott Something
Where does it end? Do we just choose to boycott those things that we think are big sin issues? Do we just boycott homosexuality or abortion? What about pride or gluttony?
Take a look at what has traditionally been viewed as the Seven Deadly Sins:
So, we could conveniently put “Homosexuality” in with all fornication. But that leaves us with an unsettled feeling. I mean, we now have a culture and a whole bunch of television shows and movies promoting fornication. If we’re serious about boycotting McDonalds because they send money to a homosexual cause, should we also be boycotting theaters and unplugging cable because of their support of not only homosexuality but fornication?
“But wait, MIn”, I hear you say, “McDonalds is sending funds to these causes, trying to organize and promote them!” To which I say, if Hollywood had not made homosexuality an acceptable lifestyle, McDonalds would never have sponsored them.
And what about the rest? How about boycotting the All-You-Can-Eat buffet for allowing or encouraging gluttony? Any takers? How about an organization to combat gossip, being a busybody, or invading someone else’s privacy? How about a group committed to stopping people from seeing their own glory? Man—some bloggers would have problems with this, since a lot of “branding” includes talking a lot about yourself.
The truth is, when it comes to sin, Christians are all ready to get up in arms over sins they aren’t committing or aren’t tempted to commit, but if it comes to a sin that they have near and dear (the “lesser sins”) then we have to excuse that one.
- Insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.