Matthew R. Perry

Walmart: Gay friendly and proud of it

In Culture, Homosexuality, Politics on November 1, 2006 at 1:30 pm

walmart.jpgErin Roach of Baptist Press writes a very disturbing article about the direction Wal-Mart Stores are taking:

On its official walmartstores.com website, Wal-Mart promotes its alliances with homosexual groups along with other minority groups on a webpage devoted to diversity.

Under the heading, “Relationships with Minority and Women Constituent Groups,” Wal-Mart says its diversity relations division “establishes and maintains productive, trust-based partnerships with women and minority stakeholder groups, community leaders and suppliers to continually improve Wal-Mart’s reputation as a socially responsible enterprise.”

“Wal-Mart is building strong and valuable relationships with key national leaders and leadership groups,” the statement says, adding that Wal-Mart leaders met with and supported a number of leadership groups, which are then listed.

Among a list of minority groups including African Americans, Asians, women and Hispanics is a subheading called “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender.” The groups listed under that category are the Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Out and Equal (Workplace Advocates) and The Point Foundation.

The Human Rights Campaign, according to its website, “is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.”

Click here to read the rest of the article.

While the verdict for me is still out on how effective petitions and boycotts are at the end of the day, I still believe it is important to understand other people’s and organization’s worldviews in order to deconstruct their belief systems and show the merits of Christianity and that worldview. Ford, Wal-Mart, and many others are quite “out” with their desire to not only include but it seems to pander to these organizations who desire equal rights.

Yet they desire equal rights based on lifestyle choices (that’s where I stand, I can do no other) rather than those who desired equal rights but were deprived of them based on gender, skin color, and country of origin.

What should be of most importance to everyone is not whether they as a citizen are receiving their “rights,” but whether they are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven?

1 Cor. 6:9-11
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, [10] nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

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  1. Ummm… it’s capitalistic mega-corporation who could realy care less what your or my opnion is. Regardless of whether or not someone thinks homosexuality is cool or not if they prohibit homosexuals their unions or what-not they will be sued. It comes down to the dollar. It’s the nature of the beast.

    That’s why you should shop at local independent grocery providers.

    😀

  2. Here’s a possible contradiction for you – A homosexual christian – yet since I’ve lived here (11 + years) I’ve known at least two and one of them used to be the secretary of the church I used to attend.

    So how does this coincide with the posting of the Walmart article. Like Mike said above for Walmart it’s the almighty dollar, and I guess, at least, Walmart is trying to be diverse and accepting of all sexual orientations.

    Secondly, I should put in my acceptance and beliefs as a Christian, that what Paul says in Corinthians is what it is and that’s how it should be.

    But my question to you or others who read this blog is – (1) We can’t change someone elses acceptance that they should not be homosexual – they like what they like (as gross and disturbing as it may be) and (2) We are supposed to love the person and hate the sin.

    I guess the only thing we can say to those who are exploiting and accepting the gay public would be – Welcome to America the land of opportunity and I hope that all my prayers for your salvation are heard and considered because I hope I don’t meet you in hell.

  3. Mike:

    I’m well aware that Wal-Mart could careless about what we think. But it is important when in the marketplace of ideas these issues come up we can answer and give a modicum of an intelligent answer from a Christian worldview. No, we can’t change Wal-Mart — but we can have an answer.

  4. Neil:

    We love the person by caring about them as a portion of the image of God, but we also love them by telling them the truth. It’s the old story of whether to tell someone if their house is on fire. “Oh, they might not believe me or they might be offended.” It doesn’t change the matter that their house is on fire.

    Christians care (or at least should) about homosexuals and gossips and cheats and thieves by telling them the truth of the destructive nature of their lifestyle and that through Christ and the power of the Gospel they can find more joy, peace, and fulfillment than any encounter they may experience.

    And you asked about a contradiction — homosexual Christian. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 again and tell me if you really believe they exist. No change can come outside of the Gospel. The idea is not to turn someone from a homosexual to a heterosexual, but to take them from their sin and be holy.

    May that be the case for all of us!

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