Christian Reconstruction 101
Is it the Christians Duty to Boycott Businesses or Refuse Products and Services to Others?
It has been a longstanding tradition within many Christian circles to boycott stores and companies based on their moral and religious beliefs. It seems that the non-Christians community has decided to start mimicking this tradition. Most recently, LGBTQ advocates have called for the boycott of Chik-Fil-A due to the moral and religious beliefs of the Chik-Fil-A franchise owner.
You can read about this here: https://www.dailywire.com/news/31789/huffpost-if-you-really-love-lgbtq-people-you-just-joseph-curl?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=dwbrand
But, is this tradition among the Christian community a Biblical practice, and is it a Christian duty to boycott non-Christian stores and businesses?
The short answer is, no.
We are given guidance concerning such things by Paul in 1 Corinthians 5:9-10.
1 Corinthians 5:9-10
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 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.
We are clearly told that the Christian is not to attempt to utterly separate themselves from non-Christians. He explains that if the Christian were to attempt to do this they would have to leave the world!
This very simply means that the longstanding tradition of many within the Christian community to boycott stores and companies based on their moral and religious standings has no basis in scripture and is not a Christian duty or responsibility. Christians are not required to refrain from paying non-Christians for products and services they need or want.
It can be said that each Christian can let their conscience guide them when they are deciding who to buy products and services from, but there is no Biblical mandate to teach this as being a moral and religious imperative. In fact, the opposite is true. Paul clearly says that he has never taught such things, did not advocate such things, and taught the irrationality of attempting to do such things. Meaning, that no one can live their life with this form of moral and religious conviction consistently and fully.
This also applies to Christians in business. There is no Biblical mandate to refuse to provide a service to non-Christians. In fact, the opposite is true.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
If a man is a plumber, he need not worry about the moral or religious beliefs of the person contacting him for assistance with their plumbing emergency. Nor would a Christian in need of a similar product or service desire their vendor or contractor to ask them concerning their moral or religious views as a pretext to being given goods or services.
To go one step further for those that may have strong feelings where this subject is concerned.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
The Christian is commanded by Christ their King to purposefully do good to those that hate them. This means that Christians are to purposefully and deliberately serve both friend and foe alike, such is the Christian way.
This means that, though the Christian can allow their conscience to guide them in a choice of vendors for products and services should they desire, that is not the case where it comes to them providing goods and services to others.
If a man owns a plumbing business, to use our previous example above, he should provide his services to any that desire them despite their moral or religious views.
To make this relevant to current events, if a Christian owns a bakery that sells wedding cakes to customers, they should sell their product to anyone that desires to purchase their product, both friend, and foe alike.
The owners of Chik-Fil-A are a good example of Christian character in practice. They have their own personal morals and religious views, yet they provide goods and services to all that would desire them.
This is the Biblical position Christians are to hold and the way they are going to prosper in this world. If Christians are going to turn the world right-side up, they will have to do so by conforming their deeds and actions to the commands of Christ, and not by mimicking the non-Christian world in its treatment of others.