Known by the Company We Keep

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (KJV) “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.”

Corporate America sure is weird. Religious America is weird too. Two different entities use each other to further their agendas. One makes money to make more money. The other begs for money to make more money for more gallant purposes – mission services. Wal-Mart, as reported on various media outlets, has moved away from the family friendly way of doing business of its founder, Sam Walton. Wal-Mart has decided that sponsoring the especially deviant form of adultery, homosexuality, would be the best way to move forward. It was interesting to note that with a threatened boycott by some pro-family groups, Wal-Mart backed down on the rhetoric avoiding a potential financial crash. That is something at least.

Wal-Mart also had indicated that like Target and other’s they would be going to Happy Holidays as a greeting instead of the traditional Merry Christmas. What difference does it make? Wal-Mart will most likely come out in January and say that they will continue to court those that practice the especially deviant form of adultery and fly in the face of its founding values.

How does this play with Religious America? As many may be aware, The Salvation Army was not allowed to solicit in front of Target stores last Christmas season. This policy continues this year but with a generous 1.5 million dollar donation from Target to The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has a wonderful history in Christian America. However, the Salvation Army is being allowed to solicit in front of another discount giant – Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart promotes homosexuality. The Salvation Army, of usual good Christian ethic, solicits funds in front of Wal-Mart. The fallacy is as large as the proverbial elephant in the room.

I cannot with a good conscious shop at Wal-Mart with such lapse in corporate judgment. At the same time, I cannot with a good conscious give to The Salvation Army as long as they continue to use such minded businesses to front their time-honored tradition. The associations created by the company kept will have reverberations long after the Christmas season.

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