“Boycott Stores for the Holidays!
There is an anti-Christian bias in this country, and it is more on display at Christmas season than any other time.” вЂ“ Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel вЂ“ (Speaking about the decision of Target and other stores to ban the use of “Merry Christmas” in their stores and advertising.) American Family Association
We understand that Target has also banned the Salvation ArmyвЂ™s Kettles from the front of their stores. Now we hear they have banned the use of вЂњMerry ChristmasвЂќ from their advertising in papers and TV as well as their greetings within the stores.
I recently heard this news so I passed it along to my friends and family.
After all these stores have the audacity to stock their stores with every Christmas item imaginable. Yet, they cannot even acknowledge the fact it is Christmas?
What Holiday are they referring to? Are we to believe that a store such as Target is so вЂќJesus illiterateвЂќ, that they do not even know the reason we are buying their goods at Christmas.
We are being encouraged by some Christian Organizations to boycott Target and other stores that refuse to use the words вЂњMerry Christmas.вЂќ Now I have mixed feelings on this. For instance, if a store is selling Christmas items and they have the best price, but their employees are not Christians, would I really mind if they do not wish me a Merry Christmas. Would I want to wish them one? Why would one that is not a Christian want to have a Merry Christmas? Are they celebrating and giving a Birthday Party for the Birth of Jesus. I canвЂ™t even imagine why it would even be on their minds.
Would I like it if it was store policy to wish everyone a Merry Christmas? Yes, of course. Would I like it if I were not a Christian? No, why would I? Now the key for Christians I believe would be to find a way to identify ourselves so the ones serving us would know to wish us a Merry Christmas. How would they identify us? Do you think they could tell by the items we buy? The amount of money we spend?
(John 13:34-35 Amp.) вЂњI give you a new commandment that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. By this shall all (men) know that you are My disciples, if you love one another (if you keep on showing love among yourselves).
They will know us by our Love. When I shop in Target and other stores IвЂ™m not sure I see any loving situations going on. IвЂ™m not sure I could very often identify a Christian. It would be very rare. It would be great to see or experience other customers and employees that were Christians. I believe we could still wish the clerks and others a very Merry Christmas if we chose to. I do not even see anyone speaking to one another in kind gracious tones let alone Merry Christmas.
I am having many mixed emotions about boycotting a store that does not greet all customers with Merry Christmas.
In my blog (GN) part II–I found the following comment related to the scripture quote found in Luke 8:16-18 when St. Luke writes and recorded by Message Bible, вЂњNo one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. WeвЂ™re not keeping secrets; weвЂ™re telling them. WeвЂ™re not hiding things; weвЂ™re bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you donвЂ™t become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.вЂќ
Comment Submitted by Stacie on November 18, 2005 – 9:22am. On SaraвЂ™s Blog GN II
вЂњвЂ¦If we pretend like something bad isn’t there, aren’t we doing a worse thing? Ignoring evils in life will not help anyone else avoid them. We need to act against the evils and spread the warnings about them so that other people can lead a good life too.вЂќ
Dear Friends, how do you feel about boycotting Target, Costco, Wal-Mart and other stores that are not greeting customers with вЂњMerry ChristmasвЂќ during the holiday season?
Postscript. I went shopping at The Galleria, TysonвЂ™s Mall, Vienna, Va. today and I heard beautiful Christmas music and Merry Christmas as well as the name Jesus In the songs. But it is a little pricy to shop for some of us.