Tuesday, August 5, 2008
To Boycott or Not To Boycott, That Is The Question...
Recently a blog I enjoy visiting from time to time posted some disturbing things about McDonald's (no, not about their crappy food, although I must admit I am in love with their sweet tea). She indicated that she believed it was time for her family to boycott the restaurant chain and not patronize them until they change their position (if ever). I won't go into detail, but you can read her blog entry here. It was well written and thought out.
Sitting in the McD's drive thru today for a much needed afternoon snack in the midst of errands (don't gasp too loudly, the girls and I were getting drinks; well, and cookies just happened to fall into the bag as well), I was thinking about the blog entry and how I felt about McDonald's as a company. Should I even be in the drive thru line?
There has only been one cause that has had me up in arms my entire life and has caused me to stop patronizing companies. Abortion. I can honestly say that if I researched more I would probably have to boycott almost every company known to man, as many of them support Planned Parenthood, which personally I think has locked arms with Satan himself. But I digress...
After finding out that philanthropist Warren Buffet's company Berkshire Hathaway had purchased my favorite kitchen wares company, where "a chef could pamper" herself with various wonderful products, I had to stop supporting the company even though it meant not supporting some of my friends who sold the products.
Warren Buffet is a huge proponent of abortion rights and population control. The company he purchased was raking in over 700 million a year and he has been known to contribute 60% of his charitable contributions to organizations that are in alignment with his beliefs. It is his absolute right to do so, as it is mine not to fork over my hard earned cash to help him. So I decided to "boycott" the company, as well as other companies that Berkshire Hathaway owns outright.
Here is the question however. Am I a hypocrite for picking and choosing? Although a different matter entirely, why is it okay for me to get my sweet tea fix at McDonald's while I am remorsefully throwing those Pampered Chef invitations in the garbage? Can a Christian rally against a cause they feel God has really put a burden on their heart to cry out against whilst not batting an eye at another? Once we have the knowledge about a company's sinful behavior, what is our responsibility? Why do I feel like I am simply sticking my head in the sand?
I am not one to jump on the "bandwagon" unless that bandwagon has been researched and verified and biblically makes sense. It usually takes me some time and then I am committed. I am only picking on Mickey D's as an example. There are sadly many, many more. What do you think? What do you do?