Boycott Target? Sexuality? Sexual Ethics? Things to Pray About and Act On


Hey TD,

When I read the email heading, “Boycott Target,” asking me to sign a petition to boycott Target, my very first response was, “I’m not boycotting Target! I like Target!” thinking that some “conservatives” might be over-reacting to something.  After reading the email, I wondered if it was overstated or slightly slanted.  After researching it, reading Target’s own statements on its own web site (the picture above is from their web site), reading the CEO’s commitment and declarations, I was saddened, first at the stand they’re taking, second, at the rate of our country’s moral revolution, and in a distant third, I like shopping at Target! After researching the issue, I did sign the petition and am planning to no longer shop at Target for the time being (though I have gift cards!).

As I shared in TD last week, sexual ethics do matter.  Sexual morality has always been something Christians have struggled with, but for the most part, even Christians who have struggled with living out their convictions have at least agreed on what the appropriate sexual ethics are.  They’ve affirmed the ethics, but just have not lived it out morally (ethics are what people believe to be right and wrong – they are the standards/beliefs; morals are the way people live their lives – they are the practice/the action).

Tired of living under the guilt of this, Christian culture has joined secular culture in attacking and undermining the ethical base itself.  If the ethical standards can be re-written, then we will no longer be guilty in the way we act out our sexuality, “as long as it’s not hurting anyone.”  And this movement has touched every area of sexual ethics, including what’s “acceptable” heterosexually, and even what we do with ourselves (with our own eyes, in our own minds, and with our own bodies).

Unfortunately, in the modern western “Christian” culture, sexual propriety (standards, practices, ethics) is at an all-time low and is hardly distinguishable in practice from secular culture.  But now, the issue is not only in terms of practice, but in terms of ethics themselves.

When prayerfully and biblically considering the “Target issue,” please go beyond Target and apply the same prayerful and biblical consideration and evaluation to culture at-large, Christian culture, church culture, your friend culture, your culture at home, and your own personal culture and government.

Here is Target’s official statement: Click Here

Here is American Family Association’s response and call to boycott (including links to news articles and TV news stories of what they are concerned will happen in greater frequency and degree): Click Here

So, please do your homework, TD, and under the Spirit’s tutelage, in accordance with His Word, decide what your course of action will be, not just with Target, but in this whole cultural swirl.

Here are some passages from Scripture to get you started:

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (1Thess. 5:21-22)

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1John 4:1)

“seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” (2Peter 1:3-4)

– Arthur