O.K., for the most part, my blog has been an outlet for writing about my family. Pictures with a short little ditty about the day have helped keep our family (far away) up to date and at the same time, allow me to express the joys and blessings of being a wife & mother. I have had several burdens, convictions, ideas & questions come into my feeble mind but I have found it extremely difficult to have either A)the quiet needed to compile thoughts B)the time needed to compile thoughts OR C) the energy needed to compile thoughts. I want to be so cautious with my words when I am decidedly arguing for biblical convictions.
Well, this thought is obviously not going down without a fight because I have found myself having an ongoing conversation (with myself) for the last couple of days. It's time to include others.
Wal-Mart is donating 5% of online sales to a homosexual group. If you haven't received the e-mail, just hang tight because it most certainly is coming your way. I have received a whopping *6* e-mails on this subject within the last 24 hours. It appears to be rubbing people the wrong way and really exciting the Christian community, provoking the "oh-so-common" petition that Donald Wildmon is famous for. I have no real issue with Don Wildmon, but more of a concern with the zealous outrage that seems to come with his e-mails.
First, Wal-Mart has never identified itself as a Christian organization. While I suppose some would argue that they have stood for family values, I for one have never used their store as my platform or their business plan as a model for my family. They have had very public problems with the treatment of employees and created an even greater stink over what they have done to *small-town* America. Still, I shop there. I suppose it is choosing the lesser evil. If I can save money at Wal-mart, then I am able to give more money elsewhere (think church, pro-life organizations, missions, etc.).....Back to Wal-mart being pagan.
My issue with the e-mail and the overall attention paid to this matter is this: Should I really be surprised when Wal-mart doesn't adhere to Christian values?
"By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?" Matthew 7:16
Isn't is much easier to sign a petition and forward it to 60 of your closest Christian brothers & sisters, than make a real stand for Christ? To acknowledge him in your child's school, at your workplace or with your neighbor is a concept that provokes fear and humiliation. To deny your own selfish desires (television programs, movies, music) or ungodly talk with friends is definitely on the back burner. I mean, this Wal-mart issue is right here in our face and we can make a real difference as Christ-followers if we just sign & forward, right? Sorry for the sarcasm. It helps to mask the anger.
I wonder what kind of difference we could make if all those who profess Christ began to live a life of denial to self and complete allegiance to Him.
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1Peter 3:15