In April 2016, Target came out with a controversial policy that allowed transgender individuals to use the restroom and fitting room of the gender that they identify with. Millions of Christians were outraged, signed petitions, and boycotted Target. I was one of those. A few months later, many of these people returned to Target when the store began installing family restrooms. I was not one of those. I believe that this issue goes deeper than just having a private restroom to use, and I want to explore that together. Let me share with you why I’m still boycotting Target (a year later).
My issue with Target's bathroom policy isn't safety; it's being a good steward of God's money. Click To Tweet
Let me be clear. I LOVE TARGET. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than Target clearance racks. $4 for a dress? Don’t mind if I do! Plus, all of their stores just feel so nice AND THEY SELL BIG PRETZELS. In college, I frequented Target at least once a week. Even now, when we drive by a Target store, my husband laughs because almost every time I say, “I miss Target.” I do. I miss their cute clothes and cheap sales and friendly employees. I miss their pretzels and their dollar bins. But most of all, I miss feeling good about spending my money at their stores.
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You see, for me, this isn’t about feeling safe in the restroom or the fitting room. That is an issue all of its own, and if that is your issue, I understand why a family restroom would be a great solution. When you remove the possibility of anyone else entering the restroom, then you’re in the clear. That is why many of you have returned to Target after the initial outrage. But my issue isn’t safety. My issue is being a good steward of God’s money.
I believe that all of the money that my husband and I have belongs to God. He provides us with work, which means that any money we earn comes directly from Him. With that logic, it only makes sense that all of the money we spend then needs to glorify God, because it belongs to Him in the first place. Therefore, how can I justify spending my money at a store that promotes policies that are in direct opposition to biblical teachings?How can I justify spending money at Target when they promote anti-biblical policies? I can't. Click To Tweet
Many times, when we talk about being a good steward, we talk about tithing and budgeting and being financially responsible. Those are absolutely core values of being a good steward, but as with every other aspect of our faith, I believe that God calls us to go deeper. He wants us to not just be financially responsible, but biblically responsible with our finances, as well. For my husband and I, that means choosing not to financially support companies and productions that promote anti-biblical policies. It’s why we don’t shop at Target, and it’s also why we didn’t see Star Trek: Beyond in theaters. We can’t control other people’s values and policies, but we can control where we spend our money, and we will be held responsible for those decisions.
In short, yes. We are still boycotting Target, even a year later. There are times when I miss it, but in the end, it’s just a store, and my values are so much more important to me than a $4 dress. 😉 If you have chosen to return to Target, or if you never boycotted it in the first place, that’s your call. This post is not written to judge you or to condemn you, but simply to share my heart and what God has placed upon it. I want to encourage you simply to think about where you are spending your money and what you are promoting. Let’s be good stewards of what we’ve been given and let’s honor God with all that He’s given us.
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops…” – Proverbs 3:9
Now it’s your turn. How do you feel about this situation? Did you boycott Target? Are you still boycotting Target? (Let’s keep this conversation polite!) 🙂