Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CCSG Chapter 7: Boycotts and Extremes [Part 1]

Read about this series of posts here, The Christian Culture Survival Guide.

There was a gay parade scheduled for later that month in the city where the congregants met every Sunday. This meant that Satan had a stranglehold grip on these people, and was holding on tightly. The pastor decided to do something in retaliation, so he did what God called him to do. He got together with a group of other pastors, and they decided to have their own rally and parade. Walk for Jesus, it was called. It could have adequately been dubbed “Walk for injustice and inequality”, as it was crafted from a pitiful hate against people who were not like them. Like good Christians.

As we know, Christians boycott and speak out against a lot of things (mostly because of unintelligent reasons). But when the good kingdom of God is threatened, the humble Christians have to bear their arms and put on their spiritual armor to combat the forces of Satan. By the way, that phrase is accurately pronounced “Merry Christmas”, emphasis on the Christ.
Paul Turner makes the point in his book that Christians may picket against any petty grievances. He has created a list of today’s most popular boycotts:

1. All things Disney: I remember a Christian group leader telling me once that when a new Disneyland park was opened, the staff would get together the night before and practice witchcraft and wizardry. Apparently, they did this in order to get a lot of visitors and to be successful.
2. Halloween: The night when Satan holds captive the minds of people who even recognize what day it is.
3. Pop music icons: Secular music is inherently evil.
4. “R” Rated Movies
5. All Things Mormon: This, of course, does not apply if you’re Mormon.
6. Alcoholic beverages, and anything sponsored by Alcoholic beverages: Alcohol is Satan’s favorite tool. If he’s got a vice-like grip on you, he may very well have the ability to turn water into wine.

Paul Turner recounts a moment in his life in which his father announced that they no longer were to purchase or own anything manufactured by Proctor and Gamble. He had gotten a tip at work by another fundamentalist that Proctor and Gamble was supporting the Church of Satan. This meant everything with the face resembling a crescent moon had to go. As disheartening as it was, Paul’s mother agreed (although she was the first to be skeptical). The truth of the matter, though, was that the other products just didn’t compare to the ones Satan profited from.


And here are five pieces of advice for Christians about boycotting:
1. They hardly work.
2. Publicized boycotts make you seem petty and ridiculous.
3. If you decided to boycott, be consistent.
4. Don’t boycott something simply because others are.
5. Don’t boycott without knowing the facts.

3 comments:

  1. Hey, maybe if Christians boycott McDonalds, it'll help the obesity problem we've got in the US.

    Also, reading this reminded me of all the silly religious kids I went to school with. I knew one girl who couldn't watch Disney movies because they had witches in them. Of course, 99% of the time the witches are horrible villains, but whatever. I had a friend who wasn't allowed to watch or play with He-Man toys because She-Ra was a "demon" or "sorceress" or something.

    On a somewhat related note, when I was all growed up I had a neighbor in my apartment building who was so religious she couldn't even handle The Little Mermaid. Why not? The penis tower on the cover? No, it was the fact that Ariel disobeys her father in the story. No joke.

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  2. Such great lengths for a wasted cause.

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