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James 4:17 refers to knowing/doing right things if you have the knowledge. Don't know where to shop anymore because of the knowledge of what some big stores are giving money to. Do others feel this way?

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 ---EJ on 11/18/06
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Greetings.If one drives their camel to a nearby oasis but must pass near sodom and the camel dies in sight of sodom,where does one go to buy a new camel to keep from dying in the desert sun?
---earl on 9/28/07


My pearls isn't money. The treasure I hold is of much greater wealth than anything the world deems precious.

If you don't shop somewhere because you hear the money is going to something "unfavorable", then you can certainly place yourself into a lot of bondage trying to trace down who picked what, who run the machine that canned the vegetables, who oiled that machine, who packaged the finished goods, who drove the truck who brought those goods to the store.....and on and on and on.......
---Linda6563 on 11/30/06


If you know that a store is doing something that is against the word of God then do not caste your (money) pearls before swine. If you do not know, then pray over your money and God will use all things for the good of those that believe.
---ShawnM.T. on 11/30/06


No, It don't bother me a bit. Because that verse has nothing to do with buying things in stores. The verse reads, To him therefore that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him that is a sin. For instance, I know that I should visit more, I don't and so that is a sin unto me. EJ, you can't control where that money goes to. Just like sending money to feed the poor in some places. We don't know how much money they get or if get it at all.
---Rebecca_D on 11/20/06


Alan, I understand, the analogy is akin to slavery. It is like we told our slaves here in the US - We feed, clothe, and house you what more do you want? The wages paid to many of the people are far below the subsistence level for the area. Usually there is no collective bargaining and no government regulations to protect workers. So it is usually a decision of how fast you starve to death. Rich nations like the US and UK need to put pressure on those to pay a fair wage. It is the moral thing to do.
---randy on 11/20/06




Randy ... I see your point, but if no-one bought goods made the inte third World, there would be far fewr people in the 3rd WQorld who would be able to make any sort of living at all
---AlanUK_quent5969 on 11/19/06


EJ, A bigger concern of mine is where are the stores buying their stuff from. I try not to buy stuff from China as basically it is slave labor. An example is; I looked high and low for underwear that was not made in the third world and finally had to buy some expensive kind from a catalog. But I have more confidence that the workers were fairly compensated for their work. Earl I liked your analogy.
---randy on 11/18/06


I know just how you feel. It's hard to even think about shopping or buying anything. But, remember, most businesses are not in that business to do good for people. They are in it to make money (and as much as they can make). We will never be able to know how the money is spent anyway. When so-called Christian organizations are becoming so liberal today, we can't expect the businesses to be any different.
---Susie on 11/18/06


EJ, I agree with you. Fortunately there are smaller stores (and some big ones) that still respect Christian beliefs. Any time it is possible I go "Christian" with my support and my money. Unfortunately we live in an unholy world and have to be in it. The best I know is to try not to become a part OF it. When you can, mention to managers when they support un-Christian causes that your "vote" counts too. If enough of us have the fortitude to do so, they must listen.
---mikefl on 11/18/06


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