The Ins and Outs of Boycotting

I thought I’d address the who, what, how, and why’s of boycotting.

I wish more Christians would realize the huge effect their wallets have on society.  Money speaks LOUDLY.  With every dollar I spend, I’m placing my vote, dollar after dollar after dollar.  I choose to vote for family friendly businesses that are not contributing to the moral decay of our nation.  I choose to vote for companies that are at least remaining neutral in the culture war that’s raging.  It’s that simple, and every vote counts.

Boycott’s work well with conservative agendas, because the majority of Americans are not in agreement with homosexual and/or abortion zealots.  When large numbers of us start speaking up by choosing where we spend our money, most companies (at least the ones that want to stay in business) listen.  It’s time we start taking our nation back, one dollar at a time.  By signing petitions, sending emails and letters, making phone calls, and most importantly redirecting our dollars, we send LOUD messages to these companies.

“But where does the boycotting end?  How can you avoid shopping at them all?”  For me, the boycotting ends when businesses stop being anti-God. I will boycott any business that has an outspoken anti-God agenda. Period.  As consumers, we literally have HUNDREDS of choices on where to shop. There are DOZENS of places to buy coffee.  So, I’ll see you later Starbucks!  There’s more than one home improvement store option, so see you later Home Depot.  There are non-pornographic places to buy undergarments, so see you later shopping malls.

How can we keep track of each and every company?  While we may not be able to know where each and every company invests its money, we can definitely know about the outspoken ones. And those are the ones that are most important to boycott, because it sets an example to other companies that consumers still have the upper hand and we have the power to put them out of business.  Money fuels their operations.  Companies are very afraid of losing massive amounts of customers.

I’m just one individual, how could I possibly make a difference with my measly $5 purchase?  Our individual purchase might not make a dent in their overall profits, but if 100,000 of us do that, there will surely be a dent! There’s power in numbers! That’s why it’s so important for Christians to start actually caring about where they are spending their money.

As stewards of money that God has entrusted to us, it’s also our Christian duty to not support businesses that are anti-Bible.

Support the good guys!  I choose Christian book companies instead of amazon. I choose to buy movies from AFA instead of amazon. I try to buy from local merchants who actually grow and produce their own food as well as small name grocery stores.  I don’t go to Home Depot, Sears, Victoria Secret, Starbucks, etc. I’m able to find anything I want without doing business with the companies that are outspokenly anti-God.

I know most of us are on tight budgets, but if I could spend $10 on an item at a place that gives millions to support anti-God agendas or spend $15 at a place whose morals aren’t in the gutter, I’d choose the latter.  And I hope you will too.  It’s not worth it to save a buck or two while contributing to the moral decay of our country.  Let your money cast a vote!  Let your money talk!  Our wallets can speak louder than our words!

If you’re a Christian and you care about the direction our country is headed, please sign up for American Family Association’s (AFA) Action Alerts.  They have done an amazing job of banding together thousands of Christians to sign petitions and send emails and have been very effective in getting a lot of companies to stop supporting anti-Biblical issues.  I take action on every single email alert they send out.  It takes about 20 seconds of my time because they pre-write the emails and fill in all the information.

-If any of these companies are places/ things I might forget about and accidentally support, their name is on a list in my wallet at all times.  So that I don’t forget!  I still believe our nation can get back on track to upholding Biblical values.  We can CHOOSE who we do business with!  Switch banks if you need to, change your search engine if you need to, search for small business retailers if you need to.  We don’t have to sit by and let our country go to waste.  Vote with your dollar and make your vote count!

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Why I Boycott Starbucks

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Reposted from AFA.net

Starbucks CEO to Christian shareholders: Buy stock elsewhere

Let Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz know you don’t agree with his company’s aggressive attempts to re-define marriage.

March 26, 2013

Dear Friend,

At the annual shareholder’s meeting last week, Starbucks CEO, Howard Shultz, insulted Christians throughout the country by suggesting they buy stocks in other coffee businesses if they do not agree with his position on same-sex marriage. It is no surprise that Starbucks supports homosexual marriage.

They have been sending liberal messages for years. But this is beyond anything we have seen from the left or the right. Shultz went as far as to tell shareholders who support Christian values to sell their stock and support other companies.

According to ChristianNews.net, Tom Strobhar, a shareholder, raised a question during the shareholder’s meeting about the significant drop in sales after a boycott from the National Organization for Marriage, who was protesting Starbucks support of homosexual marriage in Washington state.

See this interview in which Starbucks shareholder Tom Strobhar explains what happened at the meeting. It includes a clip of Mr. Shultz’ comments.

“In the first full quarter after this boycott was announced, our sales and our earnings, shall we say politely, were a bit disappointing,” said Strobhar.

In response, Starbucks’ CEO Shultz said the company’s decision to support gay marriage was not an economic one and snidely suggested Strobhar and other Christians who support natural marriage can take their investment elsewhere.

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38% you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

TAKE ACTION

1. Send an email to Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, asking the company to remain neutral in the issue of gay marriage. We have prepared a letter for you to send. If you are a customer, please add your personal note to the message.

2. If you are a Starbucks shareholder, consider taking Mr. Shultz’ advice and sell your Starbucks stock.

3. Take strong action by resolving to no longer support Starbucks by taking your business elsewhere.