Today I had a discussion with a couple of people from church about the moral implications of buying certain products. Now I will not go into detail about the comnpanies I consider to be immoral (that is a whole blog series in itself), instead I wanted to use this space to think aloud about promoting by opting to buy their products. Now at the time of the discussion we were reading James 5: 1 – 7 ‘The warning to rich oppressors’. The passage talks about God’s dissaproval and anger of those who exploit the poor.
A strong opinion amongst some of the people I talked with was that by them deciding not to buy the product, they would not be making much of a difference because a lot of other people would still buy the product. This is a fair point but it also begs the question: should we only behave in a morally correct when when others do so to? My personal opinion is that we are individually responsible for own actions; whether the multitudes follow suite in doing right is up to them. However I can be accountable for myself. Therefore if I know that a company thrives on slave labour, child trafficking and sex slavery, I would prefer not to buy from there. It does not matter if the whole world shops there because the fact that I know they are involved in so much evil is enough for me to stop my hand investing in them.
We need to pay attention when we buy things.