Every day in the news: a new outrage and the unintended consequence, hypocrisy. Outrage (and hypocrisy) on both sides for or against the cause du jour. Facebook memes, articles, quotes — all over, we’re seeing the proliferation of outrage over the so-called discrimination against behaviour and gender identity. For all these, Christians are viewed as hatemongers, intolerant, religious bigots. All of these events are instructive, we need to be careful we’re not hypocritical in what we say and do.
In an article in The Stream regarding the collective hypocrisy of Starbucks and Apple, Michael Brown writes of the double standards of both companies: where they will and will not do business, where they do and do not draw a line in regards to “gender identity,” specifically. He says, “But their selective outrage is sickening and their moral hypocrisy glaring. And so, when they pull their businesses from countries like China, with all its human rights violations, and Saudi Arabia, with its atrocities carried out in the name of Islam, we can take their indignation seriously. Until then, the louder they protest here in America, the louder they shout their hypocrisy.”
I’m writing to reveal, to remind and to warn (not just you, but myself, too). To reveal a few “real time” scenarios, to remind that it’s been foretold, and to warn about our collective knee-jerk reactions to what’s going on in the world around us here in the States. It’s easy to dismiss (or not be involved in) what’s going on in states other than our own, or in other places in the world that don’t have a lot of seeming literal connection to our own lives. It’s even easy to dismiss what’s going on in cities not too near our own as we reason that we can get along without traveling to or doing business in those cities.
We can have instant reaction against practices of local businesses when we read of a company decision that’s just been made public. Say, Target, for example, when it opens its ladies rooms to men. We may have already experienced this unthinkable reality. We might decide to boycott that store and/or any other store that follows suit. Until we hear “our______ store” or “our Target” isn’t like that. Or, until we forget why we were boycotting them. We’re going to have to decide how far we’ll take our stands, how far we’ll go in our quest to avoid all evil.