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Boycotts and Book Burnings…Are they beneficial to our cause?

12 Nov

Recently, you without a doubt heard of the church in NC that was planning to burn non KJV Bibles and other superfluous writings on halloween. This morning I heard that the American Family Association was organizing a boycott of a large clothing retailer because of their non-Christian beliefs and actions.

I am not saying there is no merit to the concerns of groups that coordinate boycotts and burnings. I am asking whether boycotts and burnings are the best use of our time.

The problem I have with these protests is that the boycott and the fire get all of the attention and the reason for them gets little if any… Remember about 15 years ago when a Christian group was boycotting Disney? I do.

I remember this coming up in conversation with a friend. They said they were glad the Christians were boycotting Disney. Maybe Disney would not be so crowded for them… Wow, is this what a boycott accomplishes?

I offer a suggestion. Prior to boycotting or burning, why not schedule a series of meetings to discuss with the community why you have reason to boycott someone or to burn something? This way, you can use scripture to teach a lesson. If the plan to boycott or burn gets a bunch of attention, at least you can direct some of that attention to the meetings and the information you will provide.

Just a thought… What do you think?

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2 responses to “Boycotts and Book Burnings…Are they beneficial to our cause?

  1. stevie ray gilbert

    November 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

    One of the best things that happened for The Beatles’ memorabilia collectors was the massive burnings of all Beatle’s records, posters and everything else. The increased scarcity of anything raises its market value as long as the market exists. Most people who got on that burn-the-Beatles bandwagon realized their folly when they came to their senses, regretted destroying their own property… and this is the best part, they went out and bought the albums again. So, the only things the burnings accomplished were to the benefit of those targeted to hurt. Boycotting does nothing unless everyone participates. Everyone! If the Christian market disappears for a particular product and the producers of said product feel no pain, we might expect all efforts to appeal to a Christian market/audience to dissipate. This would only deepen the divide between the Godly and the Worldly, further isolating one from the other, sheltering the wicked from the righteous to be sure, but also decreasing opportunities of witnessing truth and divinity to those who deserve and need it most.

     
    • truthinator

      November 19, 2009 at 11:16 am

      Very interesting perspective, SRG. Thanks.

       

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