WalMart woes

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. I Corinthians 6:9-10

I love the prices and selection at WalMart, and I love the sweet elderly greeters who never fail to smile at the children as we come in.
But now I am truly torn.
WalMart has tossed a bone to consciencious Christians: this holiday season, they will oh-so-graciously allow employees to bid customers a Merry Christmas. Doesn’t that make you feel warm and loved? Don’t you just want to shop WalMart and show your support this holiday season?
But they are courting the homosexual market more ardently than ever: 5% of all online sales on the day after Thanksgiving will be donated to a prominent homosexual group.
I’m thinking somebody got the short end of the principial stick.
The AFA is asking 1 million families to abstain from shopping at WalMart and to sign an online petition stating their objection to WalMart’s support of homosexual marriage.
I’m not sure I’m ready to quit the WalMart habit altogether, but we are definitely on board for a 2 day boycott.
Will you join us?

Comments

  1. I don’t understand why so many who call themselves Christians spend their time pushing hatred and bigotry by reviling homosexuals. Even if one believes that the homosexual lifestyle is immoral, it is only one of the many in which we all fall short of God’s vision for us.

    Jesus never said a word against homosexuals. I believe that he probably treated (or would have treated them) with the same compassion and love that he treated all. Jesus said “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Are you so without sin that you can afford to cast stones at others?

    “Christians” who spend their time whipping up hatred and intolerance are an insult to the memory of the One who loved us all regardless of our sin.

  2. Thanks for the link, Christy. Just a word of warning to those who use it: the website is pro-homosexual and many other perversions as well.

    Anonymous,
    I was looking for an adjective form of principle, but my dictionary tells me that principial is an adjective form of principal.
    Does anyone know if there *is* such a word?

  3. HI,
    For those wanting to know which companies are Gay friendly there is a buyers guide you can look at or download.

    http://www.hrc.org/buyersguide/buyersguide.htm

    http://www.hrc.org/Template.cfm?Section=Resources1&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=30089

    HTH,
    Christy

  4. Funny, the only thing I like about WalMart is some of the efforts that they are making towards homosexuals! Because those low, low prices? They come from exploiting third world labor and not offering health insurance to their employees. Those friendly greeters? They pick older folks who will work part time and not demand health insurance and other benefits. At least their support for homosexuals (which makes me think ther principal stick might not be as short at you think) is up front, unlike a lot of their dealings.

  5. I believe you mean the short end of the p-r-i-n-c-i-p-l-e stick.

  6. My husband and I decided to stop shopping there 3 weeks ago. We are like you and hated to stop because it is just a fun place to shop. I knew that if it was God’s will He would replace it with something better. He did! We have saved around 35-45% on our food budget since we have stopped shopping there. I was thinking God would just provide us with more money to make the “new” ends meet but instead he opened my eyes on how to save money shoping and WOW is all I can say. Do I miss WalMart? Oh yeah but for now we have stoped shoping there. I am sure in the future we will have no choice but to shop at places that support things we do not but for now we can avoid it. Thanks for the bog!
    Shorty

  7. I have heard a lot of Wal-Mart bashing these last few years, and I still don’t understand fully why folks are so worked up about this. When people say that Wal-Mart has run small businesses out of town, they make it sound like Wal-Mart physically charges on the small business owners with it’s sharp sword, chasing them out of town or forcing them to close their doors forever. Correct me if I’m wrong, but a business can’t survive without customers and where are those customers coming from?……those small towns. Wal-Mart survives because people want a good product at a good price. Don’t blame Wal-Mart for your small businesses closing, blame your neighbors. I like Wal-Mart. I live overseas now and don’t get the opportunity to shop there except when I return to the states. The quality of the merchandise at Wal-Mart is far better than what I can buy over here. Treating employees poorly in countries overseas is indeed a tragedy. Unforunately, it didn’t start with Wal-Mart, is not limited to Wal-Mart, and won’t end until the leaders of *those* countries stand up for it’s citizens. Laborers here in the middle east are treated far worse than what was described in an earlier comment box about the ladies in China. Most Americans don’t stop to think that those conditions that we find horrible are enabling those Chinese/ other employees to earn the money needed to support their families. People come to the middle east from other third world countries and live in terrible conditions, and they earn *much* more money than they ever could in their home countries. One more point: if we all knew how much *any* business marks up the prices of it’s products to cover expenses and make profits, we wouldn’t want to do any more shopping anywhere. OK, Wal-Mart is donating money to charitable oganizations. At least they aren’t putting it all in their own pockets. Is the problem the fact that the money is donated from the business itself? Would you feel any differently if the big wigs gave themselves a big pay raise of the same amount and donated it privately? I’m not saying that Wal-Mart is right in participating in these practices that I have written about. I am saying that they are not unique in doing so. Maybe it’s time for other businesses to come under the gun for a change.

  8. We’ve been limiting our Walmart purchasing, for various reasons. #1 on our list is their nasty practice of moving into America’s small towns and running the Mom & Pop stores out of business. They’ve already contributed to the demise of one store chain that was very popular here in our city just a few years back.

    We’re finding other places to spend our money, such as the local grocery store instead of the Supercenter. We shop the dollar stores and independent stores as much as possible. I also make a lot of online purchases, as well as shop Target.

    There is a DVD out on how Walmart works, and how they treat the people who make their goods. I plan to get it ASAP to watch it, which will probably cause me to never darken Walmart’s doors again. I want to help the “little guy” as much as I can, instead of contributing our hard earned funds to a money hungry, small town destroying, behemoth of a monster known as Walmart.

    Just my $.02.

  9. Lois,
    Thank you for introducing yourself – I’m glad we can provide some entertainment. We’re rarely bored (or boring, I suspect) around here.
    :)

  10. I just clicked over and signed the two day ban, thanks for letting us know about it!

  11. Sandra,

    You are brave for voicing your own opinion when many would not….and you are right it is your opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and everyone must be respectful of someone elses opinion. People have to make their own choices and live with them so kudos to you (while I respectfully disagree).

  12. i admire your decision to stand for what you believe, for your religion. that’s something that deserves a lot of respect, yet being an outsider, i can’t help to agree with the people who said that what happens to your money after it’s out of your hands it’s not your fault (you too have to live with all it implies…) and it is true that you can not expect the rest of the world to have your values (still if you feel that shooping is a moral issue on this case and if you can do it somewhere else, go ahead). has for the homosexuality issue in particular, i must say i see nothing wrong with they getting maried in a civil way (i know this must seem shocking) and here’s why: what are they really… in the end, they are just two people who love each other (this is the only way i can conceive a marriage or any sort of intimate relationship) so why fight to keep them from doing it? i mean, they do not choose to love who they love, no one does. and if you really think their way of love is somehow wrong or against what god wants or your personal belives, boicoting a companie that supports them may not be effective, so my suggestion is: raise your children the best way you know (which i’m sure you are doing) and pray for them, keeping in mind (as you surely do already) that they are different from you in only one thing and that they too feel, think and have principles and moral just like you do (and like every other part of the population, there are some people that over do it or are just imoral – here by imoral i mean not having respect for other people belives and feellngs, not having respect for life or children and showing off with the single objective of shock, expose or offend).

    i’m aware that probably everyone who reads this will disagree and i do not mean to be disrespectful, so you are welcome to object my opinion naming names. to end my huge comment i would like to say that i do not agree with homosexual marriage in a religious way, because religion has it’s own set of “rules” and you either respect it all or you don’t respect it at all. it’s my belive that since the catholic religion excludes the homosexuals from it’s rithes, that too must be respected. I have a lot to say about this, but i won’t cause my comment is already too long.

  13. Kim,

    Our family is feeling the same way. Just this afternoon I went to Target (a store I never go to because it’s at the mall and I don’t like to shop).

    My hubby and I have both agreed that we will definitely be limiting our Walmart runs and will do our best to find other alternatives for a shopping needs. We aren’t quite ready to say we’ll NEVER shop there – but they will definitely be seeing LESS of this family.

    Tami

  14. I didnt know that they were doing this. Thanks for the info. But we already stopped shopping there due to their nasty business practices. As soon as I could afford to shop Target and our town just got one, I stopped shopping Walmart. Though I hear that Target isn’t too much better with regards to politics, they aren’t lowering prices to put others out of business and then raising prices once the competition is gone. So that is one positive thing. I cannot know where all of the money I spend goes. If I give it away to someone and they misappropriate it, it is not my responsibiity, it is their’s. But thanks for the heads up anyway.

    Mrs. Meg Logan

  15. Very disheartening, thanks for the heads up.I will surely be joining in on the boycott!

  16. I used to live in Northern Indiana…the amish three shopped regularly at Wal-mart!

  17. We will then become amish! Think about it they are happy and content people and nothing that they own has any links to anything that is unholy and unsacred!

  18. Kim, I have a question for you and anyone else who would like to respond. I struggle with this issue as well. However, in my little 8,500 person town, my super Walmart is the ONLY place I can get diapers, tp, pet products, health & beauty, clothing,etc. at an affordable price for me. I try to purchase more cheaply on these items so I can get higher quality food items, which I feel is better for my family than spending almost twice as much on diapers from my local grocery store compared to Walmart. Also, I am afraid that if we investigated every store we patron, we’d find too many to cound who give their money to organizations we don’t agree with or support. Where’s the boundary between being good stewards of our finances for our families, taking the time that it would take to research all of our stores we shop at, and the real truth that we live in a fallen world??? I know this was the gist of a previous comment, but I wanted to give MY $.02.

  19. We have been slowly going away from Wal Mart over the last year after learning how they do their practices with the companies and women who MAKE their purchases in China. It made me sick to see how those making the items don’t have homes they live onsight at the plant in a room with up to 100 in bunks. I wouldn’t want to live that way by any means. It went on further to discuss how the six pair of socks they charge 3.50 a pack pay a good deal less than .01 a pair. What happened to the America owned America made? Gosh those were the days weren’t they? This makes me sick even further! God will bless ANYONE who stands up with their Biblical Convictions because that is what God calls us to do. Is it always easy? No, anyone knows that, however you will be richly blessed by following God’s word.

    Just my own $.02 worth!

  20. This is not on the Wal-Mart subject, but I just wanted to let you know that I REALLY enjoy reading your blog, Kim. I’m a college student, but I check it every day, and find myself laughing aloud at some things (like your daughter going through the whole package of panties in one day and your run-down on that). The girls on my floor think I’m rather weird for reading the blog of a mother of 8, but hey, I love it! I can’t comment at school, because the filters block the comments section of blogs, but wanted to let you know I’m reading and thoroughly enjoying it! Keep it up!

    ~Lois

  21. We have already been boycotting Wal-Mart and Sam’s for some time now. Several months back they started donating funds to Planned Parenthood. For more information, please go to the Life Decisions International website:
    http://www.fightpp.org/

    It’s already bad enough they’re catering to the G&L crowd but I think the murder of the preborn is even more reason to refuse to shop at Wal-Mart.

    We use to love the convenience and savings of Wal-Mart and Sam’s just as much as anyone but I feel Americans have become too dependent on them and it’s time they get put in their place.

    (And no, it’s not easy for us to boycott them — we live out in the country and very much valued that one-stop shopping ability when going into town. Neither do we have a Target or a KMart anywhere around. We’ve had to get very creative about our shopping but feel it’s worth it not to knowingly give our money to those with blood on their hands.)

    Thanks for writing about this, Kim. We need to do so as well on our blog.

  22. Kili @ Live Each Moment says:

    Actually Target DOES give money to H&L. AFA did mention that awhile back too. I just try to remember that WalMart is not a Christian company, therefore we cannot hold them to Christian standards.

    By all means, I am not saying one should shop at walmart if you feel it is wrong. That’s just the way I feel. We can’t expect our world to have our values, they won’t. Before we know it we will find out ALL companies most likely support H&L…ok, anyway….:)

  23. Homeschool Help Web says:

    From what I can find, Target does not give money to G&L groups. Not at a corporate level, at any rate. Neither do they give directly to PP, but they do give to United Way – and PP is affiliated with them.

    You can check Target’s website under “Community” for lists of all the places they give money to.

  24. I dont like it any more than anyone else here. But, where are y’all going to shop? At Target-they give even more money to G&L groups and Planned Parenthood. At HEB-they just okayed giving money to G&L charities. I wont even list here all the restaurants and department stores that now have domestic partner benefits. We live in a fallen fallen world.

  25. I’m also disgusted with the way WalMart is pandering to h*m*se*u*ls. Thankfully, it’s not as bad as you think. It appears that you must go through the WalMart link on the GLBT center website for them to receive the 5%. Still, just that they (and many others if you go through that second link on AFA’s petition page) are being supported in this way is despicable. Sam Walton would be shocked to see where his family has taken his company.

  26. We are right there with you! This is so frustrating!

  27. It is so annoying. We have severely limited our Wal-Mart purchases. IN the past we have bought groceries and all there for price and convenience reasons. I totalled our spending at around $600 a month! They will not see our money there. I am not saying I will 100% boycott them forever, but they will not be seeing our $600. Sad.

  28. Ours is signed and in :-)

  29. I’m totally on-board with this 2-day boycott. I’m also weaning myself off the Wal-Mart ‘habit’. Difficult but I believe God will honor it.

    Cindee

  30. Thanks for this bit of new info which I hadn’t heard. I blogged a month or so ago about the dilemma of Walmart. After figuring up that our past year’s expenditures at their store totaled $10,000+, we wrote a letter to our local Walmart saying we would not give them our business anymore and of course including the amount so they would know what they were losing from just one family.

    I’m the Walmart queen – so this was no small decision. Yes, I’ve missed shopping there and getting the cheapest deal. But, you know what? The Lord has more than provided with good sales at another new grocery (across the street from Walmart) that opened the week after the news of the homose*ual agenda broke, plus shopping the sales ads and using coupons which are doubled. So far we’ve managed fine, and the Lord has blessed the decision to suffer (some) if need be because of our biblical convictions.

  31. I posted about this today, too. Wal-Mart’s choices have been very disappointing!

  32. Homeschool Help Web says:

    Ah, so that’s what the new brouhaha is about – I’d heard some whiffs today, but from places where I didn’t feel I could ask what they were so upset about. Of course, they’re already members of the GBLT Chamber of Commerce, and the Sam’s jewelery Veep is on the board of said group. I’m not a bit surprised at this.

  33. I too love Sam’s and Walmart, and unfortunately where I live, we don’t have too many options. But I already signed the petition, and I can’t give my money to them knowing what they are doing.

  34. Ugh. This one is really bugging me too. I love to shop at Sams. For our area they have the best quality fresh fruit and veggies and the best price. And their gas is cheaper too. We are going to try and quit shopping Walmart and Sams altogether. I may have withdrawels. But, it really bothers me the more I am reading about their support of the homosexual marriage agenda too. Did you read about the “diversity week” they supported???

    Tracy

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