Pro-Life Boycotts

I would like to add to the growing list of businesses to boycott since we are pro life.

1) Because “Unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S., due to nutrition- and obesity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.1 In the last 30 years, obesity rates have doubled in adults, tripled in children, and quadrupled in adolescents.”

-Let’s start with boycotting any corporation, business or individual growing, selling and producing foods known to cause diet-related disease and sickness. This should include any and all soft drink companies, fast food restaurants, candy and/or junk food corporations and/or stores that market and sell junk, ultra processed and/or “food” that exceeds the RDA of fat, sugar, salt, additives and preservatives.

2) Because “An estimated 95,000 people (approximately 68,000 men and 27,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually,15 making alcohol the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States.”

-Let’s boycott all companies, business and stores growing, selling, producing and profiting from alcohol.

3) Because “Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause the following: More than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke) 278,544 deaths annually among men (including deaths from secondhand smoke) 201,773 deaths annually among women (including deaths from secondhand smoke)”

-Let’s boycott all companies, business and stores growing, selling, producing and profiting from tobacco.

4) Because “About 1.4 million people died from firearms in the U.S. between 1968 and 2011. “

-Let’s not do anything about that one.

And if we are Christians and define “murder” a little differently than “the world”, then according to the Heidelberg Catechism- which unpacks the Biblical understanding of murder for us:

“What does God require
in the sixth commandment?
A. I am not to dishonour, hate, injure,
or kill my neighbour
by thoughts, words, or gestures,
and much less by deeds,
whether personally or through another; 1
rather, I am to put away
all desire of revenge. 2
Moreover, I am not to harm or recklessly endanger myself. 3
Therefore, also, the government bears the sword
to prevent murder. 4
1.Gen 9:6; Lev 19:17, 18; Mt 5:21, 22; 26:52.
2.Prov 25:21, 22; Mt 18:35; Rom 12:19; Eph 4:26.
3.Mt 4:7; 26:52; Rom 13:11-14.
4.Gen 9:6; Ex 21:14; Rom 13:4.

But does this commandment
speak only of killing?
A. By forbidding murder God teaches us
that he hates the root of murder,
such as envy, hatred, anger, and desire of revenge, 1 and that he regards all these as murder. 2
1.Prov 14:30; Rom 1:29; 12:19; Gal 5:19-21; Jas 1:20; 1 Jn 2:9-11.
2.1 Jn 3:15.

Is it enough, then,
that we do not kill our neighbour
in any such way?
A. No.
When God condemns envy, hatred, and anger,
he commands us
to love our neighbour as ourselves, 1
to show patience, peace, gentleness,
mercy, and friendliness toward him, 2
to protect him from harm as much as we can,
and to do good even to our enemies. 3
1.Mt 7:12; 22:39; Rom 12:10.
2.Mt 5:5; Lk 6:36; Rom 12:10, 18; Gal 6:1, 2; Eph 4:2; Col 3:12; 1 Pet 3:8.

THEN we “Christians” are going to need to sit down and take a long hard look at the political parties, politicians, policies, economies, structures, systems, corporations, businesses and individuals who are violating the 6th commandment and are asking us to participate in murdering our neighbor in thought, word or deed.

I’ve attached a great article for further Biblical study on murder.

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