1 Reason to Boycott and 1 Reason Not To
It seems like everyone is boycotting something today. I feel like I can’t scroll through my newsfeed, or watch the news, without seeing some sort of protest or boycott. They range from things like a movie that may or may not contain something people disagree with, all the way to racial tension or sexual discrimination.
It is important to realize that all these subjects are important and necessary to be addressed in some way. However, we need to be aware that there are issues that require a boycott or protest, and there are topics that could be better left alone, especially by people who claim Jesus.
Protesting and boycotting by Christians is an interesting topic in itself. Whether or not it should be done or how it should be done. Yet, an even more important point to address is when we should rise up and when we should sit back and wait.
This is merely my opinion, but I will look to scripture to support my thinking.
First, let’s look at one reason we should boycott or protest someone or something:
Micah 6:8 says,
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (NASB)
When we see issues against humanity, we should rise up and speak out. If people are threatened, the Christian voices should be heard above all others for the well-being of creation. When we stand silent, we are choosing to ignore what the Lord requires of us. We boycott or protest when we know humanity is threatened. What does this look like? Racism, violence towards a group of people, rights being taken away due to fear or prejudice, etc. That is what Christians should not stand for and stand against.
We have to be wise in our boycotting and protesting. We still need to respect people. Name calling and violence in response to the product or individual we are speaking against is never alright.
Yes, we speak truth, but we need to be careful not to lose our light fighting against darkness. The world needs to see disciples of Jesus standing for what is right, but not ignoring the command to love our enemies (Luke 6:27;NASB)
Now, why shouldn’t we protest?
We should never protest based on speculation. Christians seem to be quick to do this, mainly because we have allowed media to influence our ability to interact with culture. There have been two movies released that have created a large amount of controversy in Christian circles.
Well, one has some theological issues, but has had an influence on the spiritual lives of many. Another supposedly had a homosexual scene that caused people to get upset before it was even out (spoiler alert: there isn’t a kiss nor is there a push for an agenda).
The reality is, too many Christians spend so much time protesting and boycotting things that might threaten the gospel, instead of rising up and teaching the gospel.
Luke 6:37-38 says,
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will be pardoned. Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure- pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” (NASB)
When you are unwilling to listen because of speculation, you shut off the world around you and the ability to share the gospel is hindered due to your inability to interact with culture.
We need to be wise in our interaction. We cannot allow culture to infiltrate our soul, but we should be infiltrating it for souls.
There are some things the world enjoys we should stand against, pornography is a good example, but if the subject doesn’t fall in a threat to justice, mercy, or kindness for humanity, maybe we should figure out how to use it for the glory of God?
I could be wrong and I would love to hear opinions.
Yet, may we still speak in love. May we find ways to bridge gaps instead of creating deeper divides. May we listen to people, make our decisions based on scripture, and strive to live as God calls His disciples to do and be in the world.
Peace and blessings friends.
QUESTION: How have you been able to step into the world as an ambassador for Jesus?