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Controversy
From a press release, January 31: What if Starbucks lost 80% of its customers? Christians across the USA are boycotting Starbucks for promoting homosexual ‘marriage’ in Washington State. There is an 80% Christian majority in the USA and 1-2% homosexuals. “Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God, but we are glad to know that Starbucks doesn’t pretend to be for Christians,” said Pastor Steven Andrew, who is president of USA Christian Ministries. He calls every Christian and church to boycott Starbucks. Leviticus 22:18 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” “This boycott is important because God blesses those who obey Him and judges those who don’t obey Him (2 Chronicles 19:2),” he adds. Don’t expect to hear sermons with “grab your Starbucks” or to see Starbucks served at churches. “Starbucks is no longer fashionable. If your church still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world,” he adds. God calls those who oppose Him “haters of God” (Romans 1:30). It is hoped that Christians will quickly share this boycott with their church. /// How many ways is this wrong?    
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Current Events
It all started last week when Fox News commentator Glenn Beck told people to leave any church that mentioned social or economic justice because they were just trying to preach a socialistic message.  Beck, a Mormon, seemingly ticked off Jim Wallis, president of the progressive Christian group Sojourners.  And the response… the very biblical “Christian Boycott”. According to a CNN article: Wallis says Beck perverted Jesus’ message when he urged Christians last week to leave churches that preach social and economic justice. Wallis says at least 20,000 people have already responded to his call to boycott Beck. He says Beck is confusing his personal philosophy with the Bible. “He wants us to leave our churches, but we should leave him,” Wallis says of Beck. “When your political philosophy is to consistently favor the rich over the poor, you don’t want to hear about economic justice.” Wallis says he wants to go on Beck’s show to challenge the contention that churches shouldn’t preach economic and social justice. Social and economic justice is at the heart of Jesus’ message, Wallis says. “He’s afraid of being challenged on his silly caricatures,” Wallis says. “Glenn Beck talks a lot when he doesn’t have someone to dialogue with. Is he willing to talk with someone who he doesn’t agree with?” I love the line that Glenn Beck talks a lot when he doesn’t have someone to dialogue with.  Don’t we all.  Don’t we all. What do you think about Beck, Wallis, and this new boycott? Todd Here’s the article
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Current Events
A Pastor in Texas is trying to get people to sign a petition in support of his boycott of the city of Houston.  Pastor David Grisham is upset about Houston’s new openly gay mayor and a new Planned Parenthood facility there.  So far, just four people have signed the petition at BoycottHouston.com.  And that includes someone names “Hugh Jass”.  (Seriously) According to Grisham, “If you were to do a poll 85 to 90 percent of people in Houston would say they were a Christian. Well how in the world could an openly homosexual mayor get elected?” What do you think? As a Christian, would you vote for an openly gay candidate? And did you sign the boycott Houston petition?  (just wondering) More here… Todd
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