Thursday, July 17, 2008

i'm just sayin...

i received another one of those emails yesterday. you know the ones. or maybe you don’t. but if you’re a Christian or conservative [or even better, a conservative Christian] living in the suburban bible belt, you know the ones.

this particular email was a pleasantly surprising, albeit equally annoying, deviation from the norm: which includes a weekly barrage of disparaging admonitions regarding a particular presidential candidate, whom it seems [more than a few are unreservedly convinced] just might be the antichrist. no, this particular email was urging, if not requiring me as a Christian, to boycott [yet another] American corporation because they have failed to uphold our Christian morals and standards.
matters like these leave me categorically dumbfounded.

and let me get one thing straight here, preempitvely, for strictly informational purposes: i love Jesus. i'm not saying that in a comically blase` manner. i mean it. i heart Him. i’m saying that as a literal honest-to-God believer in Him as Lord and Savior. i believe in Him in a John 3:16 and John 14:6 kind of way, with a Hebrews 11:1 kind of faith. consequently, i believe in the bible. fully. as the inerrant word of God. period.

that said, here's my beef (no pun intended): this time the evildoer is
mcdonalds, the golden arches. which, honestly speaking, wouldn't be much of a loss for me since our local chain is, unarguably, the worst mcdonald's on the face of the earth.

so it is because of this personal faith of mine, i am persuaded by "peers" in the faith to essentially condemn (under the guise of disagreeing) a secular corporation operating freely and legally in our nation of inferential religious freedom and religious tolerance because they fail to uphold my personal, Christian theological and moral standards?

to me, this is as futile an argument as boycotting stores for labeling christmas trees "holiday trees". i hate to be the proverbial bearer of bad news, but in the grand scheme of oh, say, eternity... 'it ain't really gonna matter'.

the email goes on to declare that mcdonald's and other corporations will "learn the hard way that values don't just belong on the menu, they belong in company policy as well".

um, WHO's values, exactly? mine? yours? buddha's? has there been some sort of revolutionary amendment to the
CONSTITUTION that i missed while engrossed in celebrity gossip?

legality and constitutional amendments aside, how is any of this furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ? in my opinion (and that's all any of this is) it is hindering the gospel and contradicting the
Great Commission. seems our calling to "spread the gospel to all nations" would be somewhat of an impossibility if we were to systematically boycott every corporation who didn't uphold our moral code of ethics. i've heard a lot of amazing testimonies in my life, not one of which included a story of being reached and ultimately changed through condemnation or having the gospel imposed upon them.

it seems we live in a culture of modern day pharisees and they aren't much different from the biblical version. a perfect analogical example: Jesus himself eating dinner with tax collectors and "sinners". the pharisees hated these people and consequently, thought Jesus should, too. (sound familiar?) they basically asked the disciples why their "teacher" was eating with the dregs of society. Jesus' answer? it's right there in
Mt 9 "Those who are healthy don't need a doctor. Sick people do. Go and learn what this means, 'I want mercy and not sacrifice.'—(Hosea 6:6) I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to follow me."

i might be wrong. i'm certainly no biblical theologian. i do, however, know a thing or two about being a wannabe-pharisee and a sinner. but i believe... i really believe, that if Jesus were still physically present... he'd have no qualms about hitting up the golden arches for a big mac.

i'm
just sayin.

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