Recently Target officials met with American Family Association leaders that produced a friendly but flawed, final, and fatal conclusion: Target will continue its insane, insensitive, and indecent policy of permitting make-believe women in real women’s restrooms. Target sees it as noble to provide restrooms for men who don’t know they are men to be in the presence of women rather than a safe place for women. Making people feel good is preferred over safety. The loonies have taken over. Such a business deserves to go belly up.
More than a million people have signed a petition to boycott Target but I believe the boycott should be continued even if they capitulate. I think the math will prevail: the boycott will grow, Target’s parking lots will become empty, their stock will continue to plummet, shareholders will rebel, and Target officials will cave. Of course, they will justify it but they will relent but not repent. I say, “Keep the boycott in place until Target goes the way of numerous businesses that went belly up.” That will be a clear signal to other businesses to not climb in bed with the LGBT crowd. Pun intended.
Christians are commanded to be salt and light in this world. The function of salt is largely negative since it prevents decay while the function of light is positive. Light always, without exception, drives away the darkness. Christians are failing this generation by not being the preserving salt and the prevailing light. Consequently, Americans are asking, “Where am I going in this handbasket?” I think we know America’s destination.
If Christians are silent, where will the pressure to do right come from? Some tell us that boycotts are ineffective and when they fail, it only makes us look foolish. Well, I’d rather be perceived as a fool and a failure rather than a follower of the wrong side in this cultural war. Christians have a responsibility to live their daily lives so that those around them will know they do not support evil causes. We are at war, and except for the final outcome, no one is guaranteed to be on the winning side of every battle. One thing for sure, I don’t want to be on the sinning side. Wars must be fought even if they are not won; moreover, there have been some very successful boycotts by pro-family groups. The Target boycott should be permanent.
As a Christian, everything I have belongs to God. I am a steward of all I possess and will one day give an account to God of how I used His resources. If the cultural wars are won by the permissive crowd it will change America forever. It will mean the killing of more innocent babies. It will mean general acceptance of immoral behavior that will destroy lives, damage our healthcare system, and deny Christians the right to express their faith in the market place. I refuse to leave such a society to my grandchildren without taking a stand–even if I fail.
We live in a society that refuses to recognize right from wrong; however, we have an obligation to choose the right and oppose the wrong. However, opponents tell us that right and wrong cannot be established but are arbitrary. To those people the Bible is not a guide for human behavior. After all, it condemns the lifestyles of most people; so shallow people think by not believing the Bible, they are free from its condemnation. The message from the media and many weaklings in the clergy is that God is dead, morality is irrelevant, and perversion is in everyone’s future. So, why fight it? I choose to fight.
I am sure many people who don’t identify with Bible-believing Christians will also get involved with boycotting Target. No doubt, we will pick up a few stray nuts and others who loaf on the fringe of every group but we will have to live with that. I am willing to admit that all the nuts are not in the Perversion Lobby. Some are in the church lobby, carry a Bible, and wear a silly grin. For sure, all nuts are not on the trees. No doubt, some of the Repulsive Radical Religious Right will get involved, especially in Kansas, but we will disavow them with the understanding that it is still not illegal to be a religious nut in America.
We will also have to live with some in the Christian community who will oppose our activities as being unchristian, unwise, and unnecessary. Furthermore, some asinine critics will use the Bible to tell us we are wrong. It is a misuse of English to call religious leaders, leaders if they don’t lead. Usually they are weaklings masquerading as leaders. Most Christians want a leader with hair on his chest, a working brain in his head, an understanding heart in his bosom, and a stiff bone in his back. Most loosey-goosey religious leaders are missing all four but do have a small yellow streak up their backs where a spine is supposed to be. They won’t boycott Target and for sure will not destroy it.
Astute, awake, and alarmed Christians will no longer be kicked around without expressing our outrage by withholding our credit cards and our cash. You remember cash; it’s a four-letter word not seen much anymore.
When the next business owner decides to dance with the dandies of the LGBT lobby, we will not harass the business or try to force anyone to get involved. However, I will remind them of Target’s demise: business suicide. Is a gold star from the LGBT crowd worth going bankrupt?
Each person can use his influence to influence others to apply pressure, kindly of course. So business owners take note that Christians have learned something from Blacks, feminists, homosexuals, Hispanics, socialists, and others: we will be heard and will stop funding businessmen who kick us around as they accept our money; however at the same time, we will never be unkind, unruly, untruthful, or unchristian.
Our message to all businesses: You have a right to support whatever cause you like but Christians and all Americans have a right to refuse to patronize your store. Get in bed with the LGBT crowd and we will do our best to put you out of business. Choose your friends wisely.
This is still America and the choice is yours. I have made mine.
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