One Million Moms (40,000 members strong) is putting pressure on JC Penny to drop Ellen DeGeneres as their spokesperson. They claim customers with “traditional values” will be turned away. DeGeneres responded by saying “Here are the values I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you’d want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”
I am morally conservative. I am pro-life, but abortion isn’t really the issue. Of course women have a right to choose; choose to honor God with your bodies and the issue of abortion as birth control would be a moot point. Guys, same for you. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. But you will never see me at a rally carrying signs and yelling at the general public. When a state referendum allows same sex marriage bills to pass, to me that’s demonstrates the success of the political process not the failure of Christians to win the culture war. The United States government is not the church I attend. Jesus told Peter three times to feed his sheep; he never said anything about saving the world. Read Mark 4 and explain to me why Christians should be doing anything other than spreading the Gospel.
JC Penny is a commercial retail outlet. Ellen DeGeneres is a television talk show host. JC Penny sells stuff, mostly clothes. Women shop more than men, usually buy more clothing than men, and so JC Penny carries and sells way more women’s clothing than men’s. Ellen is a woman that wears clothes, and brings a built in audience with her. She’s not a shabby dresser, and (just my opinion) there are plenty of straight women that wear pant suits. JC Penny is a commercial endeavor that operates in the retail market. They produce commercials ads to peddle their wares, mostly to women. Ellen is a t.v. personality that women watch. These are the relevant facts.
Oh yeah, and she’s a lesbian. But I gotta tell you, I don’t see what one has to do with the other. Conservative moms who want their daughters to grow up heterosexual would stop shopping at JC Penny because the woman in the commercial is a lesbian? If we were talking about a church selecting a lesbian pastor this might be a news story. JC Penny is a department store; the only values your kids learn from those places is consumerism. Teach your children the values you want instilled at home, take them to church with you (taking them to church and sending them is two different things) and then apply what you’ve learned when you go out into the world. Department stores illustrate everything that is right and wrong with capitalism.
The Apostle Paul was well aware of the bath houses and what went on there in the Greek cities he planted churches in. His overwhelming desire was to spread the Gospel in every place, thus we never see him carrying a sign at the bath house about God hating fags or anyone going to hell. We will not save souls on the floor of the Senate. Killing abortion doctors makes you a murderer, not a “Christian soldier.” Pray for our nation, and do your civic duty on election day. Continue doing unto others as you would have done unto you.
Dragging a gay high school student behind a building and betting the crap out of him is not Christ-like. Shouting in people’s faces they are going to hell is not Christ-like. Do not tell someone they are going to hell without sharing the Gospel. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. What we have is a generation of zealous “Christians” that haven’t read the Bible. During the Middle Ages, the Crusades resulted from a similar situation. That’s an extreme example, but it proves my point. Look at Jesus, look at Paul, listen to what they are saying, then imitate them. Jesus prayed for the people that were crucifying him. All people are God’s people, even those who reject him. Our battle (Ephesians 6) is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness in high places. People that are not Christian is our mission field. Our burden should be for the lost.
JC Penny is a secular business and therefore morally neutral. The mall should not be where our values come from.