Why I’m Still Boycotting Target (A Year Later)

April 26, 2017

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).

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.

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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!) 🙂

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  • Ashley

    April 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I never boycotted them and I believe the safety outrage was blown way out of proportion. I’d much rather show love and acceptance to everyone and let God sort it out upon death. I don’t think it’s my place to hold a righteous indignation over bathrooms when the people who felt they needed the bathroom option in the first place are suffering in their minds and hearts.

  • Amy

    April 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I’ve never boycotted target…I could care less who uses what bathroom. Safety?? If a man wanted to cause harm he could walk in to a woman’s bathroom at any time. I think the main issue here is ignorance. People are afraid of what they don’t understand. I’m Catholic and I feel that judging people goes against EVERYTHING our religion teaches. Where we spend our money is probably the last thing on god’s mind these days. I feel to honor him we must be accepting and nonjudgmental.

  • Ashley

    April 26, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I feel that God cares more about us being loving and accepting of everyone rather than not supporting stores that have different values than us. I think it would be slightly different if Target was a Christian brand, but even so, I don’t think God really cares about stuff like this. Otherwise we should only be shopping at stores where the people are Christians and have the same values as we do. I think God knows that the whole world isn’t going to be Christians and we should be more about sharing his gospel because that’s what’s important. It comes across as unloving when we don’t support decisions that aren’t like our own because we believe in the Bible. I hope this makes sense, and is just my opinion. I respect that yours is different from mine however.

  • Carrie Willard

    April 26, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I also haven’t shopped at Target. Not only because of the bathroom policy, but because of the “rainbow pride” merchandise and displays.

    I must point out that being a Christian doesn’t JUST involve love. It also involves HATE.

    Those who love the Lord hate evil: Psalm 97:10
    Proverbs 8:13 – To fear the Lord is to hate evil
    Romans 12: 9 – Hate what is evil, cling to what is good

    We know how God feels about homosexuality due to his direct condemnation of Sodom and Gomorrah. While it is not MY job to judge others, vengeance is his, I do hate the sinfulness of the lifestyle.

  • Nicole

    April 26, 2017 at 10:59 am

    interesting perspective. you have to be you in all areas – that’s what integrity means, so I appreciate you committing to this!

  • Diana

    April 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Sin is everywhere in every human hearts and mind, and therefore I haven’t boycotted any store, bakeries, restaurants, or any professional job. God sees Sin as Sin and I pray for the perishing souls around me. I do make sure not to be closely associated with any sinful acts that will shame my Lord. On the other hand ,I tend to shop at Walmart and JcPenny ,and shop to the minimum.

    God bless Abbey


  • Karen

    April 26, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve never boycotted them, as my husband says; you can’t drink milk without contributing to veal sales, because the mama cow has to be constantly pregnant. I don’t like mixed bathrooms because simply I don’t think men are as clean as women in this regard. But I’m not going to be unkind to any of those people, nor am I going to be prideful, and I should hope that my children will act the same way.

  • Sue

    April 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    This was an interesting point of view. I always shop at target. I have not looked at it in this way tho. I think this is something I would definitely talk to my husband about- love getting his input on these controversial topics!! Thank u for shedding your light.

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    April 26, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Interesting. You do realize that there are TONS of other stores that support this, as well. As a Christian and a wife of a pastor, I’m even more all about extending grace and acceptance. Acceptance is different than approval (many Christians forget this…). While I do not agree with certain lifestyles, I can still accept others the way they are – I just don’t approve of their choices. After all, you cannot hold a non-believer to the standards of believers. That’s not how it works at all. Target was never a Christian-owned company! So, why does it matter?

    After all, have you read what scripture says? Things get worse. Does that mean we don’t stand up (in a proper and appropriate way) for what’s right? No! But it also doesn’t mean we blow things out of proportion and picket things that don’t align with our views…

    The Gospel is all about grace. The best thing we Christians can do in the world is to show love, grace, and truth. We should not be shaming others. We should not be condemning others. We should be treating others how Christ did – with love, grace, and mercy.

    I could go way on, but I won’t. 😉

    1. Kristin

      April 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

      I think that you can choose not to spend your money somewhere and still show grace. She isn’t saying that she doesn’t love the people who run Target or who believe differently, she just prefers that her money goes elsewhere. I can totally respect that. You are both right. God does call us to grace, but he also calls us to go with the convictions He lays on our hearts.
      This issue is something I have struggled with IMMENSELY for years now. It’s a hard issue.

  • Kristin

    April 27, 2017 at 9:27 am

    This is something I have really struggled with because I 100% agree with you as far as where I want and don’t want “my” money going, but at the same time, when I look up the companies that give HUGE amounts of money to similar issues as Target, I find that I basically have 3 options: I’m either going have to start making my own clothes, growing my own food, and go off-grid and stop blogging because all social media and all search engines do the same things, I’m going to have to shop at some of these places, or I am going to have to walk around naked until I starve to death…… Nobody wants #3. I dont feel called to #1, but I don’t love #2. I have tried to come to a solution and am still working on it.

  • Stephanie

    April 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    I completely agree with your reasons for boycotting Target. I have continued boycotting myself and I used to be there 1-2 times a week, spending 1 to 2 hundy at every visit. For me the issue goes beyond safety, although IMO this is a good enough reason to boycott. The problem I have is with the re-engineering of society, the push to accept lies as truth and branding anyone who doesn’t embrace the new normal as unloving or intolerant. As Christians, I agree we are absolutely called to love everyone, as Christ did. But shopping at a store that is attempting to force society to ignore, accept and even celebrate mental illness by proclaiming its policy to the world is not the same as loving someone. It’s just simply choosing to spend your money at a store that promotes and is proud of a backwards and dangerous policy. I can still love transgenders by praying for them, reaching out to them in love, but no, not by shopping at a store that endangers, yes endangers the privacy of children, (I say this, because if you are not aware of the rampant pedophilia in our culture, you are woefully naive) just to skew, confuse and redefine reality. Its not only dangerous on a personal level. It is dangerous on a cultural level. Camille Paglia an American critic, author and professor has researched and studied ancient cultures. She is a lesbian herself, but recognizes the danger of transgenderism to a culture. She asserts that it is a clear sign of a culture in decline.
    If we so easily accept these types of policies from corporations we can easily do without, what happens when the line becomes further blurred and complex? God calls us to be gentle as doves AND wise as serpents. We are called to be salt and light. Salt to “preserve” truth and light to “reveal” darkness. What kind of message do you think you are sending to your community, your unsaved friends and family and your children when you shop at Target?

  • Ivanna | Provocative Joy

    April 28, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    If I had the same convictions as you, I would probably boycott Target. As you can guess, I don’t agree that Target’s decisions regarding bathrooms are problematic. I believe EVERY person has a right to a judgement-free, relaxing place to pee. Unfortunately, the daily discrimination that transgenders face regularly doesn’t sit right with my knowledge of who God is.

    The other thing that’s hard for me to get past is the $4 shirt. Is it possible to buy a shirt so cheap and not contribute to the problem of unethical production and consumption of clothes? I can’t imagine producing thousands of $4 shirts and paying a living wage to the workers…

    When we buy cheap clothes we are taking advantage of the impoverished communities that produce them.

  • Elizabeth

    May 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    We are still boycotting Target as well, so much so that I hadn’t known they added family restrooms. I don’t think the safety thing was blown out of proportion; I don’t fear someone who wants to use the bathroom with which they identify most but I do fear the people who will abuse that to attack people. I personally know too many people who have been attacked to be okay with that. But beyond that, my husband very much is for boycotting Target so I’m following his lead and shopping elsewhere.

  • Susan

    May 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Love this piece! We are also still boycotting Targe. Here’s our thinking: We are not looking for businesses to boycott. We know that probably the majority of companies support this sinful agenda. However…when a business (like Target) decides that they need to actively shout and promote this sin and condemn those who believe otherwise—then we will act. I mean, it’s like they are throwing down a challenge. How can Christians not respond?! We’re in complete agreement with you that it becomes an issue of stewardship.

  • Amanda

    June 30, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    We also are still boycotting Target. We are also still boycotting Starbucks for making donations to Planned Parenthood. As you said: corporations can behave and spend their money in any way they see fit, but so can I. The bathroom issue is a matter of safety for us, as we have 4 little girls. I didn’t appreciate that Target would so quickly put my daughters in danger, after YEARS of me being a very loyal customer, because .3% of the country’s population demanded it. I live in a town that has a population of 16,000 people. I’ve never seen a transgender individual here, but I know for a fact that we have pedophiles. What’s stopping a heterosexual pedophile from putting on a dress, claiming to identify as a woman, just to gain access to the women’s restroom and assault my girls? That decision was a slap in the face to all of their loyal customers. I mean, who’s more likely to use the bathroom: the mom with 4 young kids who is in the store 2 times a week, or the transgender that doesn’t even live here? Just because I’m a Christian does not mean that I have to let a company treat me that way. Jesus loved everyone, but He also told everyone to turn away from their sin. We are called to love, yes. But loving someone does not mean that we turn a blind eye to their sin. And it certainly does not mean that we put our daughters in danger just to pacify that sin.

  • Tony

    July 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I’m still boycotting. Haven’t bought from Target in 2 years.

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