Let’s set the stage first:
In April, the North Carolina state legislators passed a wide-ranging bill which barred transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not match the gender on their birth certificates. Almost immediately, Bruce Springsteen, Pepsi, Whole Foods, General Electric, IBM, Microsoft, Cisco, NFL, NBA, and so forth have boycotted or threatened to boycott North Carolina because of their legislative stand.
Then a week later, Target announced that transgender team members and guests may use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their transgender identities. The American Family Association (AFA) called for a boycott by Christians of Target Stores, which to date over 1,000,000 have signed the pledge to boycott Target.
Okay, what’s wrong with this picture?
Blow the trumpet in Zion,
Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the people,
Sanctify the congregation,
Assemble the elders,
Gather the children and nursing babes;
Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
Let the priests, who minister to the LORD,
Weep between the porch and the altar;
Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD,
And do not give Your heritage to reproach,
That the nations should rule over them.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?’” (Joel 2:15-17)
Once again, the Church has listened to the trumpet of the flesh and used a world system weapon: boycotting. This is so dumb on our part! It reveals to the whole world what a bunch of nice losers we believers are; and of course, the unbelievers are asking, “Where is their God?”
Don’t Christian leaders who support the Target boycott have Bibles? Don’t they understand that boycotts are nothing but fleshly stands against spiritual foes? Or have these leaders decided it’s easier to go the way of the flesh rather than fasting, praying, and trusting God?
No doubt, most of us Christians, would rather sign our names to a boycott pledge and then drive to a different store, rather than shopping at Target. What does this act cost us? Nothing! Zero. Nada!
But then again, this is how the Church has fought abortion, gay agendas, secularism, and everything else Satan has thrown at America. It’s no wonder we lose!
(Continued in Part 7…if you’re interested, the full series to date can be seen here.)