Daniel Partlow (1969 / St. Louis, MO > Westport, CT)
The McDonalds Boycott and 'Idol Meat'
Update: McDonald's Boycott has ended due to the internal mitigation of the issues raised by the AFA and McDonald's commitment to remain neutral in the 'culture wars'....
If the ethical behavior of a company isn’t regulated or considered legislatable.
If the CEO sees only profit as his job, the role of fiduciary being insurmountable.
Then we must hold ourselves as investors and customers, as finally accountable.
A company or corporation in legalese is a “legal person” and behaves as an entity.
But it is just a collection of people, and it’s behavior is not abstract, but an extension of society.
So how do we ensure that companies behave with virtue and responsibility?
Indeed many groups already have bent the corporate will to their cause.
Punishing companies at the store who fail to support their views and justify their flaws.
And every customer, to some extent subsidizes it, let this give every Christian pause.
What can be done? For isn’t consumer or investor activism a futile waste of time?
Standing up for what is right is never wrong, let no one think of a boycott as a crime.
Insist your mutual funds vote their shares for corporate virtue, investing not a dime.
We have a putative choice, and are not compelled to render our resources to the beast.
But when we choose to ignore or reward the misdeeds of companies, how can we be released?
The chains of sin have been cut off, but can we be blind to how our brother’s guilt increased?
So buy not the idol meat: products which fund the promotion of deviant iniquity.
Nor use the services of companies which fund the beast with proud ubiquity.
And finance not their works with either loan or bond or equity.
Only when the loss of sales or cost of capital causes companies to lament
Will the shareholder and consumer demands be heard for companies to repent.
But until such day, have a clear conscience, and contribute not a single red cent.
Indeed, it is not the product, security, or meat which commends or defiles.
It is the indirect support for apostasy, rendered on exchanges and in shopping aisles,
Especially for companies which stand in the service of him who beguiles.
For you cannot drink the cup of both the Lord and the Devil.
Yea, the proliferation of the unholy communion has reached an unprecedented level.
So let what you consume and invest in give God glory and cause to revel.
Jesus Christ, through both of the Great Evangelists Paul and John exhort his followers to avoid consuming product and participating with organizations which promote apostate views.
In the letter to Thyatira, John tells us that the policy of the (false Christian) priestess Jezebel is an abomination. She was telling Christians that it was o.k. to trade, do business with, and interact with the local guilds and businesses which were in turn using their organizations for the glory of sexual immorality and idolatry.
In the second letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells us that engaging in commerce with such businesses, is harmful, because it leads to the temptation and fall of our fellow man.
That is exactly the case with companies such as McDonalds who are worshiping the idol of homosexuality in their sponsorship and promotion of gay-pride events. This action has the direct effect of encouraging this lifestyle which is by definition unrepentant, and shunning the grace of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, let Christians not defile themselves with companies such as McDonalds which are indeed the modern day 'Jezebels'.
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