With Target’s latest announcement regarding the LGBTQ and transgender restrooms, supporters and non-supporters alike are having a hay day. I’ve heard/seen so many comments and articles for or against this new policy but at this point I haven’t seen anything remotely logical. Let me explain myself.
I am a devout Christian. I believe in Jesus and follow what the Bible says. I am adamant about my faith and strongly oppose the LGBTQ movement. I believe that the Scripture says that homosexuality/transgender lifestyle is wrong and I will share that with anyone who chooses to hear. I am not tolerant of what they believe or what they do BUT I do not hate them and I do not discriminate against them.
Putting all of my Biblical beliefs aside, I cannot find it in myself to boycott Target. Yes, I love the shopping center and frequent there quite often but that is not the reason why I will not refuse to shop there. I also am not saying that I agree with their choice to allow transgender people in whatever restroom they choose. I am simply saying that I will still go get milk, clothes, and hairspray there whenever I choose.
I know, I know. How could I tolerate such sin and immorality when I as a Christian am responsible to make stand? Me still shopping at Target is not a toleration, it IS a stand. Every time I walk through those automatic doors I am showing Target, the LGBTQs, and the world that I am not afraid. Despite the evil that may surround me, I will stand strong in what I believe too and make it known that I will not bow.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could have taken the cowardly way out and bowed when told to by King Nebuchadnezzar but they instead chose to stand before the crowd. They may have had to endure the fire afterward, but God was with them. I feel that if I decided to stay away from Target I would be taking the cowardly way out. By choosing to avoid their establishment, I would simply be another symbol proving that they had won the battle. But when I continue to shop there, I am a symbol of defiance; I am showing that no matter how they try to make me conform to their worldviews, I will not be moved. I might have to walk through the fire thrown at me by them and my own people, but so long as I have Jesus, I will continue to stand.
Jesus was persecuted because He went and dwelled among the sinners. That is the reason that we should all the more go reach where sin resides. “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed and do not fear their intimidation and do not be troubled…” 1 Peter 3:14 (New American Standard Bible) While it is unconventional among Christians right now to be taking the stance that I am, I have no doubt that this the right choice to make. Join me, and make a stand.
DISCLAIMER: I am not in any way trying to discriminate against or offend any person of the LGBTQ, Target, or the Christian community. This is my personal position and is not meant to represent anyone other than my self.