OK here we go again. To boycott or not to boycott, that is the Christmas question? Or is it…
I got my annual email from Focus on the Family Action Committee and it seems Christianity has a problem. The Gap is not Christian friendly and should be boycotted, along with a long list of other established retailers who refuse to use the term Merry Christmas and don’t allow manger display or angels and would prefer to be politically correct instead of consumer Christian friendly.
It seems that FOFAC is not the only ones concerned, AFA (American Family Association) has already issued boycott warnings to the Gap and a number of other retailers that we as Christians will no longer tolerate their anti Christian decorations and commercials and if they don’t start issuing an enthusiastic “Merry Christmas” we will leave and not come back.
The truth is, I have never been that big a fan of the Gap in the first place. Oh I like their big sweatshirts, don’t get me wrong, but as a member of the over 40 crowd (way over) I always feel uncomfortable in their store. When they ask, “can I help you?” it always seems like they are really asking…”what are YOU doing here”… so if I am going to boycott them it will be for rudeness and not for political correctness.
But unfortunately rudeness is not what we are checking for this time of year, and what we as Christians should be doing is getting in the face of that newly hired seasonal worker and demanding an appropriate greeting! If they don’t come around to our way of thinking we will tell them what losers they are and how we will not be back. Oh, and you might want to leave them a salvation tract as you stomp out…we wouldn't want them to think we don’t care.
After all, we spend a lot of money every year as Christians…we deserve to be acknowledged as a consumer force. Oh what an impact we could have for good if we can somehow just get all those heathen stores to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with us? Think how much more money they could make?
If I am going into debt again this Christmas, spending money I can’t afford to spend, feeding the retailers families instead of my own I want to know that they hold to the same Christian values that I do! If a simple Merry Christmas is all I need to ease my concerns… all I need to make me feel comfortable about my avid consumerism is that too much to ask?
Fortunately there is one retailer who has scored extremely high on the “Stand up for Christmas” homepage. This is a store we can all be satisfied with to spend our hard earned money this season, they also accept credit cards and for me… I will not accept gifts from any other store.
Bass Pro Shops…97% Christmas Friendly. Now that’s the spirit!