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Economic boycotts and the Bible

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ELISA NORMAN

The Living Word


Money is a tool that makes things happen. With money, we can exchange for goods and services with one another. What we do with our money shows our priorities.

In 2 Corinthians 9, Paul encourages the congregation in Corinth to follow through on their desire to donate to the Judeans. He promises that God the Provider will also provide for them when they help meet the needs of others.

Verse 7 says, "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

There are many ways to give beyond donations in a congregational setting. Every penny we spend on a daily basis on mundane things ends up going somewhere else. Where does our money go?

There are companies, such as Olympia Food Co-op in Seattle, WA, that are boycotting Israel. Spending our money with them sends the message that we, too, are against Israel. Boycott the boycotters.

There are many companies that support Israel. When we choose to shop at these locations, we can actively send the message that we support Israel and that we do not want these companies to pull out of Israel under economic pressure.

Next time you need something for your home, consider shopping at Home Depot on 77 in Waxahachie. Home Depot is on the list of companies supporting Israel.

After you make your purchase, make note of the amount you spent and write a quick letter to: Mr. Robert Nardelli, Chairman, Pres, Chief Exec. Officer, Home Depot Inc, 2455 Paces Ferry Road N.W., Atlanta, GA 30339

Let him know you appreciate his support of Israel and that you chose to shop in his store instead of in a competitor’s store because of it.

For a list of companies supporting Israel, visit www.iwill notbesilent.com.


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