I think that this is a bad idea. Environmentalists promote
"green" technology and practices in order to change behavior. If we
want to promote the Gospel, we should follow the Savior's example and
minister to the lost. If we segregate our commerce to only those
who publicly profess their Christianity, then aren't we cheapening the
"broken heart and contrite spirit" we are all supposed to acquire?"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for
they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets,
that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in
secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:5-6)
While a filter environmental or social responsibility may make things clearer to
many people, the 'lens of faith' can pretty much only cloud and
distort. It presents a different view to every person who uses it, just like
religion does in the larger context. Take the term 'values based
consumer', for example. Most, if not all of us, have values as a consumer,
and a person. There need not be a religious component involved at all. It is
disingenuous to suggest religion is necessary to make a values based decision.
On the up side, it's easier to be a consumer if you don't think you
need to worry if the place sells beer or is open Sunday or supports bigoted
I think more people would engage in values-based consumerism if they could
afford it. I can't stand Wal-mart or its values, but I keep finding myself
there because it saves me money. If I had $7 extra dollars to waste on a dozen
eggs, I would do it. As far as Lowes is concerned, I shop where it most
convenient (which side of the highway), the products carried, and customer
service before I consider the values espoused by corporate owners. However, I
do find myself boycotting stores for a time if they promote something that I
vehemently disagree with. Lowes is also interesting in that it psychologically
caters to female shoppers while Home Depot caters to men (store layouts,
organization, and colors) They both have found a gender niche that seems to work
for them which again, probably carries more weight than moral values.
Some thoughts on the subject:"And when thou prayest, thou shalt
not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues
and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say
unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy
closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew
6:5-6)"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again.
"Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity,
mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my
trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!"
(Jacob Marley, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens)
From the article: While the Internet caters to values-based consumers who want
to buy products that are everything from fair trade, cruelty-free or made
without child labor, there are few sites that cater specifically to Christian
groups..."So... Christians aren't concerned about the
environment or child labor or slavery or animal free testing. They just want to
make sure the company isn't nice to the gays. Which means the companies
this website recommends will be companies that have horrible records on human
rights and human dignity. Got it. Christian values.
Purchase based on need.Patronize local merchants.Consolidate
RE: Christian *Stewardship refers to the responsibility that Christians have in
maintaining and using wisely the gifts that God has bestowed. God wishes human
beings to be his collaborators in the work of creation, redemption and
sanctification.. This also includes traditional Christian Ministries that share
the resources of treasure, time and talent. *Stewardship=(G3623, oikonomos)the
manager of a household or estate. E.g…,The Parable of the
Talents In Matthew 25, Jesus tells another parable related to stewardship. The
story is about a wealthy man who entrusts a certain number of talents to each of
his three servants while he is away on a long journey. Upon his return, he
rewards or punishes them according their management or mismanagement of his
I tried using this site but the only stores listed were chic-fil-a and hobby
This may look interesting on the surface, but when you drill down further will
you find that this is just a smoke screen?I'm thinking of the
recent Hobby Lobby fiasco where they sued because they were opposed to paying
for certain birth control methods--claiming religious objections to those
methods--yet their own retirement plans invest in the companies that manufacture
them. I'm not a Christian--not religious at all, actually. But
a corollary can be drawn to secular companies who claim to promote "social
responsibility" but retail products manufactured in countries where there
are human rights abuses and appalling labor conditions, or who claim to promote
"green" values but who own subsidiaries that are gross polluters.Another question is, how much revenue does this website earn from
promoting these businesses? And what about businesses that meet their
(arbitrary) criteria, but who don't want to pony up the money to be
advertised on the site? We live in a capitalist economy. It's all about
money, baby.I think this is just another marketing game of smoke and
mirrors and I would be extremely skeptical.
@ TruthI counted 79 companies reviewed when I clicked on the site and went
to "Company Reviews"…..interesting
Things aren't divisive enough in this country? If everyone votes only by
who they think is religious, we're all in trouble. Not to be a total cynic,
but don't you think there are marketing folks out there who are telling
their Board of Directors, "Hey, go Christian, we'll get a lot of
business." Hobby Lobby will pay dearly for their alienation of every
non-Christian. If you don't want to serve the entire population, choose
another line of work.
"What would Jesus buy?" I'm thinking Jesus would do a lot less
buying than most of the spoiled masses and instead give more to the have nots.
Wonder if they even consider Mormons Christian, since I didn't notice any
Mormon owned businesses.Dumb site, that will only divide more.
Noticed they liked Walmart and didn't bother to mention the human rights
issues they support in China, or the socialization of the benefits by the
federal government that they use to increase their profits. But most importantly
they don't sell a particular birth control, that they know more about that
the pharmaceutical company that created it.Their Criteria of a good
Christian seems to depend on 2 things: Birth Control & Gay Hatred, which
seem to me very low on the "Things important to Christ" List. Here I
thought he taught more than hate your neighbor and the rules of sex ed.
I have to admit, I’m lost about what exactly this website is any why DN is
promoting it. I looked at the website and tried to figure out their criteria
for awarding stars to various companies. For example, I looked at Samsung who
ranks middle of the road (3 or 3-1/2 stars in all categories) primarily because
they haven’t taken a stand on most of the USA’s hot-button issues.
But I’m perplexed at the three star rating in the category
“Other” which seems to have to do with Christmas related products
and whether or not Samsung uses the word “Christmas” on it’s
website. Hopeful Chris Stone understands that (1) Samsung is a Korea based
company (2) Korea’s major religions are Buddhism and Confucianism (3) only
1.7% of Koreans are Christians and, (4) there are other religious winter
holidays celebrated by Americans besides Christmas.
If Jesus went to a car dealership, would he buy a donkey?