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Countries That Restrict Christians

Is it proper to avoid purchasing things made in countries which restrict Christian worship? I am mostly thinking of China, which bans home churches and has 'observers' in the churches the government approves of to ensure they like what is said.

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 ---peter3594 on 4/6/10
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I agree with Catherine in this case. I refuse to support any company I believe has ungodly practices. Just because something is legal doesn't mean it is Godly. I have no doubt that God will take care of me whatever the consequences of standing on Godly principles.
---fay on 6/13/10

Is it proper? Did you say, "proper". It is absolutely proper. I am beginning to wonder why we are even fighting wars in these foreign lands. The government, These people, do not respect the living God nor His people. In fact God's people are great targets all over this world, including these U.S. Targets ,to do us harm. Do not ask God to bless America, until Americans respect God and His people. You got it? It is indeed a coward for sure, these people who hates God and His people, and want to do us harm. Coward in the strongest since of the word.
---catherine on 6/12/10

Peter, you are on the right track as there is no legal concerns over not buying from a certain country. This is a matter of conscious and you should not be detered by politics.
Last year some Christians boycotted Best Buy because the store refused to play any CHRISTmas music. Its our right.
Meanwhile President Obama is enforcing GWB's trade agreements the former president for some reason refused to enforce. He's threaten to slap tarrifs on China and they have come around. Last month China reported its first trade defict in 6 years so we are leveling the playing field using the wisdom of one president and the integrity of another. Keep praying.
---larry on 4/9/10

Look you can personally abandon Chinese products from Walmart. You get your church involved in a possible secondary Boycott though this is normally used in Labor Law, it can be applied to other areas and your Church can get into a lot of legal problems real fast.

The more important problem is that China owns 23.9% of our Treasury Bills and Bonds but in recent months China is been try it get rid of our commercial paper. At the recent Treasury Sales There are just no Byers for our Commercial Paper because of Oboma's and the Feds policy of drastically increasing our national debt. The international market place could force the US to revalue the Dollar and that would be a catastrophic problem.
---Friendly_Blogger on 4/9/10

\\ Interesting question Peter, a choice to boycott such countries could hardly be considered sinful, so I would think after prayer proceed. \\

People have the right to spend their money wheresoever they wish, of course, but remember that boycotting was originally a practice against local businessmen who were acting unjustly.

With today's multinational corporations boycotting will have more adverse effect on the peons at the bottom of the heap than on those leaders who make evil decisions to start with.
---Cluny on 4/8/10

Interesting question Peter, a choice to boycott such countries could hardly be considered sinful, so I would think after prayer proceed.
Good question Peter.
---larry on 4/8/10

Interesting question Peter, a choice to boycott such countries could hardly be considered sinful, so I would think after prayer proceed.
Good question Peter.
---larry on 4/8/10

I know, Donna.

Don't forget, I go to a church full of people from the Middle East and their descendants. There are three brothers whose uncle was chased into his own house by mahometans and killed because he would not convert.

There are also several sites I check on daily about how Christians there are treated.
---Cluny on 4/7/10

Cluny and ger.toshav, you make good points, both about Chinese Christians (I have met some, though many remain secret and keep their faith very quiet). Still, I have a gneral dislike of their government, which still controls most of the factories. As a result, I am just not sure whether it is better to avoid these products, so I do not provide money to a repressive government, or buy them, to provide employment (I know the workers are not treated very well....). What do you think?
---peter3594 on 4/7/10

There are small groups of Christians in some Muslim countries. But often Christians are persecuted, robbed, perhaps tortured or worse. I personally know of some in Nigeria who have suffered horrible things at the hands of Muslims. And this is not generally thought of as a Muslim country!
Elsewhere in the Middle east, a convert to Christianity can be and often is, disowned by his family and ostracized by his contemporaries.
---Donna66 on 4/7/10

There are Christian minorities in mahometan countries that date back to the times of the Apostles.
---Cluny on 4/7/10

Proper? In some cases it is neither practical nor possible. I'm thinking of Muslim countries from whom we import so much of our oil. They restrict Christian worship and persecute Christians.

We are not allowed to drill for oil in our richest oil fields. And no satisfactory alternative fuel has been developed. They are the ones with the advantage, and we cannot do without them.
---Donna66 on 4/6/10

You may be boycotting a product made by a Chinese Christian. You never know...
---ger.toshav on 4/6/10

As an individual there is little you can do that will make a difference.

As of Jan. 2010 China owns the most US Treasury Securities in Billions of Dollars 889.0 billion. Followed by Japan 765.4, Oil Exporting Countries 218.4, United Kingdom 206.0, Brazil 169.1, Hong Kong 146.6, Caribbean Banking Centers 143.5, Russia 124.2, Taiwan 119.6 all other countries have under a 100 billion each. The grand total including the countries previously listed is 3.7061 Trillion Dollars.

This is not total debt of the US owned by foreign Countries. It is only represents US Treasury Bills and Notes owned by foreign governments and does not include what might be owned by foreign corporation or individuals with in these countries.
---Friendly_Blogger on 4/6/10

Keep in mind that Chinese goods MIGHT be made by your Christian brothers and sisters, too--or those soon to be them.

Something else to consider--not buying Chinese made goods could throw poor people out of work, and the Bible says that oppressing the poor is a grave sin.
---Cluny on 4/6/10

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