FaceBook Opinion Polls
On Christian Attitudes
Just this last week, I saw that one of my Christian friends had seriously thought of boycotting Pet Smart, because they are advertising with slogans such as “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
He was especially concerned that the government was forcing this change.
So, I jumped right in, pointed out that Jesus would do no such thing, and the whole idea gives Christ and Christians a bad name among those who we are trying to win over. If he thinks that it’s bad for our government to force change, then why are we then, as individuals trying to do the same?
Next thing I know, he puts up an opinion poll on this same subject – yet, he pre-qualifies those who may join: [here I paraphrase]
“Only Christians – I don’t want to hear from any others, or your ‘comment’ will be removed – and, if you stray from the subject, your ‘comment’ will be removed.”
Well, I may of met only one of those qualifications, but I jumped right on in with two feet.
To be fair, evidently my “comment” to him in the previous post did help him change his mind on “boycott”!
Here is what I wrote: [with only slight modifications – such as names]
Dear Brother, I’m glad to see that you used Galatians 5 and James 3 in one of your answers. Otherwise, the rest of “comments” given by your opinion “pollers” were void of scripture. I read all 29 comments to make sure I understood where everyone was coming from.
I saw that people’s “feelings” are being expressed (for the most part) rather than a “thus saith the Lord.”
This fact is of a more serious concern, than what is happening in the world, in general. That is because, it was the serpents desire to have Eve talk about how she felt concerning God’s strict command against the eating of that one tree:
“…Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Gen.3:1).
Here we see that Eve has fallen for that trap, and she begins to analyze for herself how she “feels” about the fruit on the forbidden tree:
“And…the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise…” (v.6)
She analyzes for herself concerning God’s command.
Expressing ones “feelings” is all part of what we have been driven to do (by our teachers through “Blooms Taxonomy”) in our schools.
Children are asked now how they “feel” about what their parents command them to do. Our children are commanded by God to “obey your parents.” Yet, “Blooms Taxonomy” elevate “feelings” as more important than “commands.”
We have been reduced to “dialoging” about what we “feel” is right, or “what do you think?” Once we begin to do that, we lose sight of God’s direct commands, and then we may begin to impose unrealistic rules upon others, simply because we may “feel” it’s right.
Back to whether or not it’s important to shop at stores who don’t openly acknowledge Christmas. This can be seen as rather frivolous, in that there are many stores that we shop at (such as gas station quick stops) that don’t even believe in the same god/God as we do – such as our Muslim brothers and sisters. As well as motels we sleep at such as “Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion,” etc. – all owned corporately by our Muslim friends.
This was the issue Paul faced in I Corinthians 8, when asked the question as to whether or not to eat meat that had been offered to idols that had been bought in pagan establishments:
“As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one….But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse” (vs.4, 8)
Therefore, if someone has a store that sells “idols” in it, or who worships “idols” or dedicates the whole store to “idols” – that is of no concern to us. Just live your life as a Christian, show courtesies to the employees, owners and other shoppers – who knows but that you may win a soul to Christ!
For more info on this diabolical move to “dialogue” about how we “feel” about what our parents say, or what God says, see this exciting video that exposes this concept taught to us, and to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!: