Rolled Back the Wrong Way
was unthinkable, but it finally happened. One of our most popular,
most powerful, most trusted retailers in America, Wal-Mart, has
aligned with the homosexual agenda. Last week, Wal-Mart, came
out of the closet, and literally asked for permission to
join the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Of course,
the permission was immediately granted. The NGLCC is a leading
promoter of homosexual marriage. Bobbie Patray, the President
of Eagle Forum for Tennessee, remarked that Sam Walton must
be spinning in his grave.
Evidently this came about because Wal-Mart was not perceived
as being in touch with many of the liberal issues of our time.
Wal-Mart had received much backlash from the radical far-left
because its services were questioned as affordable
to the American public. It was reported that Hillary Clinton resigned
from the board of Wal-Mart, and turned down a 5000 dollar campaign
contribution from the giant retailer. Perhaps because of this,
Wal-Mart began, in their words, making a very sincere effort
to reach out to people who are a significant part of our customer
base, according to spokesman Bob McAdam. The question is
what significant part of customer base is he referring to? The
5% of the American population that claim to be gay?
Now that Wal-Mart has made this unholy alliance, one of their
vice presidents will sit on an advisory council to the NGLCC.
This agency, which claims only to seek to enhance the business
of gay and lesbian companies, has been involved in much more activity
on the pro-gay agenda. The NGLCC has sought to influence legislation
for child protection from sex offenders by the insertion of wording
which designates perceived opposition to homosexuality as hate
crime. They have also accused those of defending traditional
marriage as writing discrimination into the Constitution.
It is almost inconceivable that the owners of friendly neighborhood
Wal-Mart stores as involved in anything so anti-biblical and unchristian.
According to the American Family Association, Wal-Mart has never
kept homosexuals from being employees, suppliers, or customers
in any form, which seems reasonable enough. However, since they
are now a corporate member of the NGLCC they will contribute $25,000
and pay for two conferences scheduled for the pro-homosexual agenda.
Also, AFA reports that homosexual-owned businesses will be give
special treatment when making purchases, showing less preferential
treatment to non-homosexual owned businesses.
There is no doubt that this will be a source of major concern
and grief for dedicated Christians in the foreseeable future.
There is probably not a single family in Tennessee that has never
shopped in a Wal-Mart store. Most families, if not individuals
themselves, are represented in Wal-Mart stores as customers on
a weekly basis. Most of us probably cant conceive of living
in such a way that we would never trade at the retail giant. I
feel sure that is exactly what the current owners of Wal-Mart
believe, that we simply cannot live without them. However, the
imposition of a boycott is not a simple as it may sound.
The problem is Wal-Mart stores are local. The employees and even
the managers are friends of ours, and even members of our own
families. Perhaps most of the local management and employees disagree
with the direction that corporate leadership has taken on this
issue. However, they have to make a living, as do we all. On the
other hand, we must do something to tell the corporate owners
of Wal-Mart that their newly announced direction is wrong and
evil in the sight of grassroots American citizens.
The Family Research Council of Washington and the American Family
Association has joined forces and has begun to urge Wal-Mart customers
to do three things: (1) Ask to speak to local Wal-Mart management
and politely share that they are customers and they appreciate
Wal-Marts services. Tell the manager that Wal-Mart has gone
in the wrong direction and they are placing Tennessees marriage
amendment in jeopardy. Encourage them to speak to upper management
and express customers displeasure about this. (2) Call Wal-Mart
chairman Rob Walton at (479) 273-4000 and let him know your concerns,
and be polite. (3) Send an email to Rob Walton using the AFA web
site at www.afa.net. Finally, tell others about this and encourage
them to perform the above actions. We must take a stand against
the outrageous evils of our day, or else they will consume us.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit
the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor
thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers,
will inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9,10 NASB)