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5 Reasons Why Christians Should Shop at Target

For over a decade, when I’ve had to choose where to go to do mass-needs shopping, it has always been Target.  Recently Christians have boycotted their Target shopping and get all huffy and puffy with me (also a Christian) if I mention Target in a positive way, without hearing me out.
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1. There are 321.42 million people living in the US.  700,000 are transgender.  That means that 0.22% of those who live in the US are transgender.  From that, how many transgenders do you think will be at a Target, specifically at the same time you are on your way to the bathroom at the one you go to?  It is an incredibly low chance that you will encounter such an instance.  If you were to encounter one, will you even recognize that they are transgendered (because honestly, it might be really hard to tell)? Do you really look at the faces of every person you see in the bathroom? To panic about who may be in the bathroom with you, is just sad.  Most people don’t talk to strangers in bathrooms and mind their own business.

2. How often do you really use the bathrooms at Target?  In my 15 years of shopping there, I have used their bathroom twice, and both of those times was when my kids didn’t go at home before we left for the store, and that was over a couple years ago.  I always make my children go to the bathroom before leaving home.  The two times we have used their bathroom, we have used the Family Bathroom!!!  Did you even know they have those?  It is very private, has a changing table, is spacious, and is pretty comfortable.  Honestly I just don’t like public restrooms and people hearing me do my thing, so I have always done my best to go before leaving home in general.  If you have an emergency, how often do you just run to an empty stall (or urinal for your men) without really looking at anything else because your focus is on your bladder?

3.  Do you even know anything about transgendered people? Why are you so scared of or bothered by them that you would boycott a store? I’ll be honest, I don’t really know too much about transgenders. I don’t know the scientific evidence of much of anything in regards to them.  If you are a Christian and know all that, good for you for gaining a better education on it, but still; to right out assume that they are evil or are going to harm you or your family, is really a low thing to do.  You don’t know how much they have already been looked down upon and rejected as it is, and you are going to do so more…and as a Christian?? Shouldn’t you be the one who hears them out and helps them?

4.  Let’s look at Jesus.  Did he look down on or talk ill of prostitutes, tax collectors, prisoners, refugees, half-Jews, or handicapped people?  Most of the Jewish leaders and people in his time did, but he reached out, loved them, and tried to get to know them.  A lot of these people are still looked down upon today.  As a Christian, are you that concerned and fearful about a person Jesus cares for who has to use a bathroom where there are usually stalls in as it is?  That’s really shallow.   Take a lesson from Jesus.  The more Christians reach out to any person looked down upon, the more they are doing what Jesus taught.  On the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), Jesus said that we are the salt and light of the earth. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Doing wrong to another human and shaking your finger at them is not being a light to someone who is hurting and suffering in the dark.  He also told us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  That isn’t just a literal neighbor (it reaches far and beyond that).  If you want to be treated respectfully, you also should treat others with respect.  If you want love and kindness, shouldn’t you bestow that on another?  The best way to show someone about Christ’s love is to simply show love to all people.

5.  My biggest problem with this debate is that while Christians are complaining about Target and boycotting it, they are shopping happily at Walmart and Khol’s.  Both of these places have slave labor issues, where they do not source their products.  Walmart at least has made efforts recently to source their seafood after they were told their products were coming from slave labored ships in Thailand, but they have a long way to go.  They recently started to make efforts to fight human trafficking, and I look forward to seeing the outcome of that.  I have contacted Walmart and Khol’s (and dozens of other companies) to let them know that I’d appreciate their company to source their products ethically and that as a consumer I should be able to know facts about their supply chain.  If they care for the people who help their company gain money, they will receive me as a shopper.

It is no secret if you read my blog that you know I am a minimalist (and only own enough clothes that fit in one drawer).  I shop ethically slave-free created clothing and other products when I do make purchases. I am really strict on where I shop, yet I love Target.

What you need to know is that in 2015, Target began to heavily source their products ethically, sustainably, and have made great efforts to actually get handmade items from artisans around the world sold in some of their stores, using ethical and beautiful practices.  If a Christian tells me to boycott Target for their bathrooms, but they are not boycotting Khol’s, it doesn’t make sense to me.  Target received a “100% rating for the Human Rights Campaign’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index”.  They are “committed to partnering with suppliers who are certified minority or women-owned”.  “5% of their profit goes back into helping communities”.  You can read all about their sourcing here!  I feel happy to know that my Target products were made with ethical practices, in safe working environments where no one is being harmed, by adults to whom are paid fair wages (and not by children).  What is more important to you? Deciding where someone goes to the bathroom or standing up for all the millions of slaves who made the items you own from where you are buying them from?  My battle is against slavery and for reaching out to the hurting people. . .so that is why I shop confidently at Target and will continue to.  I hope to one day feel good about shopping at other stores.

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7 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Christians Should Shop at Target

  1. I did not boycott Target because of transgenders, but because, already in my state, there have been several men who have gone into the women’s bathroom and used the transgender excuse to basically be a peeping tom. THAT is what scares me, not the transgenders. Target does push the homosexual agenda, which I do not agree with for biblical reasons, and I won’t support a store that so boldly pushes and endorses that lifestyle. I try my best to do very little shopping at stores like Wal-Mart (I buy all of my groceries at local stores, and I can’t even remember the last time I bought something at Wal-Mart, haha) and I’m able to boycott Target without throwing my money towards another anti-biblical business.

    1. Thanks so much for responding!
      I am sorry you had peeping tom issues in your state. That is sad that anyone would do that at all. I think if anything, perhaps Target should have a better way to see who is accessing the bathrooms to help with such a problem?

      1. Agreed with that! If they’re going to allow the bathrooms to be “unisex” so to speak, they need to have safety precautions. A man recently did a video, and he walked into Target, dressed like a usual man, jeans, button up, boots. He went to the manager and asked if he could go into the women’s restroom because he felt comfortable there, and off he went. He was allowed to go in. He didn’t actually go in, he just wanted to see if they would allow a man in who didn’t even identify as transgender, and they did. I just think it’s a very dangerous thing.

  2. I have had peeping tom issues at a daycare I worked at and at a home i rented but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop working somewhere or renting . We live in this world and I agree that the target debate made zero sense while “Christians ” are endorsing and watching the super bowl and watching now Hollywood movies. It seemed hypocritical to boycott I one place while still supporting the same thing elsewhere .
    We love target and their family bathroom, we will continue to be followers of Christ no matter who we encounter or what place we are at .

  3. I echo all of kalinann’s statements. It’s not transgendered people, but those posing to be such, and the company’s support of the homosexual agenda. Thus said, the same reason to “boycott” Target would be the same reason to boycott Walmart. (Both companies encourage unethical, unbiblical lifestyles, namely homosexuality and slave driving.) Thanks for contributing to the conversation surrounding Target boycotting! My husband has instructed me to not go to one and to never use their bathrooms, and it has crossed my mind to buy something from there once or twice since then, but out of respect for him (and because my beliefs align with his), I haven’t gone. Bummer because they have such cute stuff, and a great clothing line for nursing mothers (style and comfort-wise), but I like to spend my money anyways on small shops run by Christians who use American Apparel. For the record, I don’t usually chime in on political conversations via social media, but I was looking for your quilt posts and came across this!

    1. Ah. See here’s the thing. As Christians, should we truly expect non-Christian companies to adhere to our beliefs? I stopped trying to do that because I feel the world is going to do what they do, but being able to show love to the individuals at those places can lead them towards good. I do private boycotts.

      For instance, I don’t ever buy from American Apparel no matter how Fair Trade they are because I don’t like their sexual advertisements. It is very bothersome. I don’t tell others to boycott them, because it is a personal opinion why I do it. I will ask them (and have, with no response) why they have such ads and explain why it may be hurtful to others, but I never say, “I’m a Christian and it is wrong for you to have this.” I am not going to change their minds at all. I instead think there is an encouraging way of how to bring about change to companies.

      I see far more good being done by Target than I do anything negative, so I support them. They are trying to make the world a better place for all, and while it is unfortunate that someone somewhere decided to do wrong with the good they set out to do, that is not their fault, but the individual who went there’s fault, for their heart is in need of healing. You know? I don’t think Target thought that people would pose as a transgender so they could have access to their perversion being set forth.

      I guess while I try to bring about justice, I also try to see all the aspects of what is going on, and I try to not show judgement or tell them what to do. I truly never expect a company that is not Christian to do something Biblical. That’s just weird. If they told me to stop being Christian and adhering to scriptures, I wouldn’t, just like me telling them to do things that are Christian when they aren’t is weird. It just makes for angry people instead of loving caring compassionate people.

      I used to be a loud boycotter and would tell people off even…I was really really really bad. That is before you got to know me at all. Rachel knows how I was because I had conversations with her that probably made her sad for me (though she was always so loving and never told me to chill out or that I was wrong, she just kept living on and showing love towards me).

      I just feel like there is a lot of arrogance and unChristianlike attitude shown over Target lately. I hadn’t heard about the lechers until the comment made on my post earlier, that you read. Again there are ways to help those issues by having a worker pay attention to who goes in and out of the bathrooms to be sure…but again, even individuals can go into the private bathrooms on their own.

      In high school, the bathrooms were so smoky because the smokers would all go in there. I am allergic to cigarette smoke and also didn’t want to smell like an ashtray. I also hate public bathrooms in general as stated in my above article, and they just were nasty bathrooms at my school. I always went to the nurse’s office instead where it smelled nice and no one would hear my stuff.. . .I wasn’t going to convince the girls to stop smoking in the bathrooms, so I took my own private way without making a scene. It worked out. I think that is how a Christian should be.

      I don’t think Daniel made a big scene about how he lived his life differently from others. . he just quietly ate his food the way he wanted to, and when questioned, he didn’t try to make others change their diets, he just wanted to continue to be at peace with those who had him there. . .so I try to live by that example. Jesus never bugged out on tax collectors or anything, he bugged out at those who said they knew God and weren’t doing what they should have. I have a harder time with Christians than I do with non-Christians who “know not what they do.” I hope this explains things a bit better of my heart.

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