When I support a cause, I usually really support it. I’m not the type to halfheartedly give lip service to a very important topic and then let my actions speak otherwise. Abortion is that topic for me. My mind simply cannot wrap itself around how Christians in this country do not do more to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.
One of the things that we can do to show our support (or lack thereof), is to be good stewards of the money that God has entrusted us with. Everything under the sun belongs to the Lord. God does not give us money to be squandered on worldly things such as alcohol, gambling, etc. If we knowingly purchase goods from companies who donate large sums of money to either Planned Parenthood, or other abortion promoting agencies, than what are we doing? This is especially true for goods in which there are similar alternatives that can be purchased which do not give to the abortion cause.
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains…
Psalm 24:1 (NASB)
Satan is a master counterfitter. He is the enemy and does not want to be exposed. If he can use seemingly benign objects to advance his purposes (such as purses, shoes, and even groceries), he most definitely will.
I have been following Life Decisions International at www.fightpp.org for some time. This website gives a partial list of companies that financially support Planned Parenthood in some way. Earlier this week I discovered a great new app, called 2nd Vote. This app rates businesses based on their donations to other sources.
Normally about once a year I receive a COACH bag for either my birthday or holiday. This is something that I look forward to. The purses are really great quality, and we always purchase them from the Clearance Section in their Factory Outlet. Well, much to my surprise COACH was listed on the new 2nd vote app, and not in a good light.
So, I decided to do some research. First I looked up Estee Lauder’s website. Is COACH an Estee Lauder brand? Yes, it is. I then went to the National Women’s Law Center website and clicked on their “Abortion” link under Our Issues and Health Care and Reproductive Rights. This is what I found.
Okay, so this organization most definitely advocates for abortion. They also undermine the work of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. I then went to their donor list, which notes doners that make large financial contributions.
There is Estee Lauder. Along with many other companies, including Avon, General Electric, and The Home Depot Foundation. This list keeps going, this is just a glimpse of companies from a small phone screenshot.
Organizations such as Birth to Five Policy Alliance and Early Care and Education Consortium are listed as donors as well. Apparently the National Women’s Law Center also champions cases pertaining to working mothers, and therefore Early Care (prior to kindergarten age) organizations donate too. How ironic.
Additionally, on 2nd vote I noticed that Bath and Body Works donates to Planned Parenthood through it’s parent company Limited Brands.
So, what are we to do? Why do companies that market directly to women have such a hand in giving to prochoice organizations? The world has somehow gotten the notion that abortion helps women into the heads of feminine-based businesses. This trend must be reversed!
Pray without ceasing.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
Follow our Convictions.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.
Being an informed shopper is a wonderful thing. We can in essence “vote” a 2nd time with our God given resources. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of companies that our family avoids. Please take a moment and visit www.2ndvote.com. As their site states, it is “the revolutionary new app that keeps your spending aligned with your conservative values.” Researching companies online isn’t very difficult if the Lord guides you to do so.