From time to time I read articles written by Christians that really confuse me. I get these American Family Association (AFA) reports via email pretty regularly. I look at the latest headlines in BP News and other news organizations run by Christians. There are always articles and write-ups asking the body of Christ to write or call companies asking them to stop their questionable practices. I have listed a few examples of some articles I have read.
A month or so ago I received a report that Charlie Sheen (on his show Two and a Half Men) had replaced words in a Christmas song to be a much more provocative song. This was seen as an attack on Christians, Christ, and Christmas. With this report was a call for Christians to write to CBS and Sheen asking for a public apology.
Before that, Sears was cited for supporting a cable network channel dedicated to programming for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. Again there was a call to write and call Sears asking them to stop their advertising on this channel.
The most recent news I have found is concerning Ford. Apparently they are supporting a television show that has a not-safe-for-children gay scene. With this article there was a call to write Ford asking them to stop and to boycott Ford.
To be honest, reading these articles really disturbs me. Why? Well, I have yet to see one of these articles ask its readers to pray for these people, disciple them, or share a little bit of the Light of Christ with them. Instead, these articles are nothing more than a call to strong arm the world to act like the Kingdom of Heaven.
Here are my questions:
What gives us the right to try to force the world to act according to what we consider to be Christian standards?
Did Jesus say, “Go force people to act like Christians”?
Did the early Christians boycott Nero?
Did they not do business with people who worshiped false gods?
Is there anything in the Bible to indicate we should not expect the world to act like itself?
The next time you get an email, read an article, or here someone talking about boycotting Wal-Mart because they sell pro-Homosexual books, remind them that boycotting the world is antithetical to discipling the world.