I just don't like boycotts.
Yes, I know, this has been the tried and true method of protest - I don't like what business X or State Y is doing - let's organize a boycott. Right and Left, both sides do it. That will learn them!
Yet, here's the thing. Just think on the 10 commandments from your catechism days. What's the meaning to the 7th Commandment? "We should fear and love God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money
or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to
improve and protect his possessions and income."
So someone's doing something *I* don't like. Isn't he still my neighbor? Am I somehow excused from showing him love and helping him? That's convenient - if I don't *like* what someone does, I can stop loving him and feel all good about it... um... or something.
And it just doesn't even make sense. How am I going to convince someone to change her mind if I utterly ignore her - if I castigate her and wish her harm. That's not going to convince anyone of anything.
But lest you think I'm just not dedicated enough to your cause (whatever cause it is), consider what Paul writes in Romans 12: "Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if
your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to
drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
So - alright - if someone bothers you so much that you just can't do business with them... okay. So be it... but leading the glorious boycott revolution against your neighbor... you aren't going to overcome evil with doing harm yourself.
But - if this strikes too much of a nerve, you can always organize a boycott of my blog =o)
You can also check out another post on Boycotting I wrote if you haven't determined I am thus evil incarnate.