I’ll boldly admit that I just don’t get the One Million Moms group. Maybe it is because I am not a Mom. But I know many Moms that do shake their heads in bewilderment at most of the group’s tactics. So I know I am not alone in this.
It would seem to me that more Moms would want to spend their time finding out about good alternatives for their children than protesting what they see as “bad.” After all, money speaks and companies will notice a sales spike or drop more than they will a mound of angry emails.
The current target of One Million Moms is the “evil” that is Oreo cookies. I type that as I am literally munching on one (mmmmm….) right now. Oreo Cookies came out in support of Gay Pride, so now we have to stop eating them. Who cares about the health issues that eating too many Oreos will bring about, or the fact that children are starving in our own country and around the world. Let’s boycott a non-Christian company that is acting like a non-Christian company and supporting equal rights for all of its employees.
What kind of messed up message is that? Well, it gets worse.
Gay Pride day brought about an avalanche of corporations speaking out in support of Gay Rights issues. Google was the most prominent, issuing a statement of not only support but active policies they have implemented to achieve Gay Rights in their own company. This is not just having a Lesbian spokesperson or two gay fathers in a Father’s Day add… it is all out equality and support with company policies. And Google was not alone. When asked, Facebook pointed out how they are also very active in Gay Rights issues.
Yet, the One Million Moms Facebook page is still active.. and there are no calls to boycott Google that I can find.
But one rather tame add by Oreo’s? Boycott! Send emails!
I wondered why, but then I realized that it is much easier to boycott one cookie brand or department store chain than the entire center of the Internet.
I am all for standing up to help people. The Bible is full of references to standing up for the poor and abused of society. So when we hear of abusive practices, child labor, and other issues that stem from the abuse and misuse of power, I say make your voices be heard.
But how often did we see Jesus pointing a finger at the Greeks for being Greek? Yep… never. Jesus most often pointed fingers at the Jewish religious leaders for getting caught up in hateful actions towards one another and the people around them.
A gay man was walking from his house to the neighborhood grocery store, when he was attacked by a group of thugs. They took his clothes and possessions, beat him and went away… leaving him half dead. A preacher happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw that the man was gay, passed by on the other side. A good Christian Mom saw him also and decided to create a movement to boycott the street that let a gay man walk down it. But a homeless man came to where the man was and felt sorry for him. He bandaged his wounds, even putting on some rubbing alcohol he had been saving. Then he put the gay man in his own shopping cart and rolled him to a hotel and took care of him. The next day he took out all the money he had and gave it to the hotel owner. “Look after him,” he said, “and when I return from begging for more money, I will reimburse you for any extra you may have to spend.”
Which of these three do you think was a good Christian to the gay man who fell into the hands of thugs?
The world is full of thugs that want to beat up on all kinds of people – maybe not always physically, but definitely emotionally and socially. Do we want to join the thugs just to get to the chance to “be right”, or do we want to be known for our mercy and compassion?
At one point in history, an expert of religious law was told a story like this one and asked who was the good person in the story.
The expert in religious law replied “The one who had mercy.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Are we bandaging wounds, or causing more?
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Oh, but if they would only use their power for good, rather than evil. Boycotting because a company believes in civil rights and equality in the workplace? Evil. Boycotting because a company doesn’t use fair trade chocolate (i.e., chocolate not harvested by child slaves) or because the product contains chemicals that can cause health problems? Good.