Dear Christians who are still “on the fence” with Target:
I went out this afternoon to shop for some birthday gifts. I tend to be one of those annoying last-minute shoppers who retail employees utterly loathe. You know, the frazzled guy with bloodshot eyes who comes bursting into the store in a caffeine-feuled violent panic because he’s waited until the last minute to find gifts for the three people in his life who have birthdays in the month of May and still has no idea what to get? Yeah, that’s me. I’m that guy. And never mind that Mother’s Day is coming up in a few days too. Of course, it’s been coming all year, but like I said, I’m that last minute guy.
Anyway, after rounding up a few assorted items at some other fine retail establishments, I got back into my car and realized I needed some cards — at least three birthday cards and a Mother’s Day card. This is normally where I would meander over to my local Target store and peruse the latest stock of cheesy and highly overrated material. I can’t say that this is because Target has better cards than Walmart or the pharmacy up the street. Truth be told, it’s mostly because my neighborhood Walmart is filthy and smells funny. So I just naturally opt for Target, where the store is cleaner and there aren’t any mutated cockroaches crawling around on the floor. But, not this time. Ever since they decided to allow men who “identify as women” to use the women’s bathrooms and fitting rooms, my greeting-card-love-affair with Target has come to an end.
It’s been a few weeks since all the brouhaha erupted over Target’s new transgender policy. And I’ve kept my thoughts about this issue limited to a couple of posts on my Facebook page. That was mostly because I’ve analyzed and reanalyzed all of the transgender nonsense a thousand different ways to Sunday and, frankly, I’m sick of the absurdity. It might seem like I’m exaggerating when I say “sick,” but, no really, I’m quite serious. Just yesterday, I contracted a life-threatening disease from all of this nonsense. I guess that doesn’t matter much now, though, since my family and I have decided to avoid shopping at Target altogether. As I’m sure you’re aware, we're not alone in this decision. The Boycott Target petition just recently soared past over one million signatures and, if you take into account all of the folks who are boycotting but didn’t sign the petition, I’d say it’s safe to assume it’s exponentially more than one million people. There’s no doubt this spells trouble for the second largest national retailer in the country. They’ve literally (and intentionally, mind you) estranged over a million customers in a desperate attempt to pacify about .03 percent of the population of the United States. To put that in perspective: there’s roughly 700,000 “transgendered” individuals living among over 320 million Americans, so the math really isn’t working in Target’s favor here.
Over the last few days, I’ve noticed plenty of chatter and debate on social media about how Christians should respond to all of this. Many of my friends are frequent Target customers and I’ve even known a few people who have worked there over the years. I’m sure that most of them never thought they’d see the day when their place of employment would say: “Hey dudes, if you’re feeling a little bit like a woman today, please feel free to use the ladies bathroom and be sure to check out our 30% off sale on bras.” But, as far as most Christ-followers see it, the decision supposedly comes down to two choices:
1) Boycott Target entirely until or unless they reverse their policy decision.
2) Continue shopping at Target and use it as a “mission field” to witness to “transgenders.”
In fact, one author at Christianity Today says we should keep shopping there, but if we have to pee, we should just “hold it.” I suppose this advice is alright, unless you plan to shop for more than an hour, at which point you might want to consider driving to the nearest McDonald’s or gas station, where I’m sure the restrooms will be immaculate. Besides, how would it look if you wet your pants while trying to tell someone about Jesus? “Excuse me sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Or about the best way to remove urine stains from dark denim?” In any case, it’s obvious that there’s quite an opinion split within the body of Christ over whether or not we should boycott Target or lovingly minister to “transgendered” individuals, as if it has to be one or the other. Personally I say: Why can’t we just do both?
Is it really so difficult to fathom that Christians can minister to the “transgendered” community while simultaneously standing for Truth? After all, that’s what this boycott is about, right? Target (along with dozen of other companies) is using its wealth and influential national platform to attack the most basic, elemental, centuries-old absolute truths of human existence and biological anatomy (which God Himself established and created by the way.) I don’t know about you, but I’ve really had enough of this and I refuse to financially support it. The notion that “Jesus would still shop at Target” is utterly absurd, considering that Jesus is Truth — literally the Truth in the flesh. (John 14:6) I doubt that, were He walking the earth today, Jesus would dedicate His time and resources to supporting a company that is actively, intentionally and knowingly attacking absolute Truth. I think I speak for most Christians when I say that it’s not just about the safety of women and children, it’s about the principle of truth. It’s not true that men can become women or women can become men. That’s what I — and we — have a problem with. It’s that simple.
Moreover, the entire point of a boycott is to send a clear message of disapproval with the ultimate goal of placing the company in the position having to choose between losing customers or reversing its decision. I’d say the possibility of losing over a million customers poses a bit of a problem for Target. If you don’t think Christians should engage in this sort of behavior, chew on these words from the Apostle Paul:
For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers…who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain…For this reason, reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith…” — Titus 1:10-14
Of course, I don’t ever expect Target to be “sound in the faith.” I don’t expect a secular company to suddenly stop being a secular company. I don’t expect them stock aisle three full of Bibles and communion wafers. I don’t expect them to admit that “transgenderism” is pure insanity. (Although it is.) But I do think it’s undeniably clear that Target has upset an entire demographic of people and whole families — particularly Christians — and I think it’s about time we severely reprove and silence them for intentionally undermining the fundamental truths of human existence. They are publicly denying those truths and there should be repercussions for it. Boycotting Target doesn’t mean we hate “transgendered” people and it doesn’t mean we’ve lost our only way to witness to them. (Surely transgender folk shop at other places besides Target.) It just means we’re tired of the unrelenting nonsense and tired of the unbridled hatred of truth. We may have to get more creative in how we witness to the LGBT community, but my guess is that witnessing specifically at Target was never very high on the list of "transgender ministry opportunities" in the first place. Treating Target stores as "potential mission fields" is utterly naive and foolhardy and irrelevant in terms of the bigger picture.
A lot of women and girls are uncomfortable with the presence of a biological male in their bathroom or dressing room, and rightly so. More importantly, Target has declared all-out war on Truth and gender.
There are times when a message must be sent when a line is crossed. And this is one of those times.
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