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To read more on this subject, check out Caleb Amesbury's excellent "Consumers for Christ"
Kristen Welch: "Sometimes the Gospel Looks Like a Sewing Machine"
If you have spent any time on this website, you probably have figured out that ethical shopping is my passion. But why? For me, it started over twelve years ago with a video about persecuted Christians being used for prison slave labor (read the story here.) So I became a conscious shopper as a way to remember my suffering brothers and sisters. But now ethical shopping has become so much more.
So, back to my original question. Why SHOULD Christians shop ethically? Because not only does Scripture warn of God's displeasure of those who mistreat others. Not only does God expect us to live out justice and mercy in everything we do. But when we stand before Jesus, He will say "‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did FOR ME.’" (Matthew 25:40 NIV) So, come join with me and shop for Jesus!
Today, the verse Micah 6:8 hangs in my living room. Because along the journey of creating this website, I discovered a new kind of shopping that "does justly" and "loves mercy." Shopping is no longer torture for me. Now I can shop confidently, knowing I am not guilty of supporting slavery or mistreatment of others. Instead I buy items which bring joy to my life, both for their beauty and for the beautiful story of a changed life behind them! I touch every product I find through my website with reverence; because I know, in some small way, I was a part of God's work through my purchase. Yes, I am making a difference just by shopping, and you can too. Read on.
You see, James 5:4 rings in my head a lot. No, I do not actually own any fields to hire reapers for, but every time I buy a product made by workers who were withheld their due pay, am I not a part of their oppression? How can I feel good about what I buy if I am even partially responsible for the mistreatment of the person who made it? I cannot, which is why shopping felt like torture to me for many years!
This year, as I read through my Bible, I am highlighting all the verses related to poverty, oppression, slavery and justice. I have been surprised to learn just how much of the Bible deals with those issues and how much God cares about them. And if I can fight poverty, and oppression by how I shop, would that not be what God wants me to do?
If you are reading this, chances are you believe we should be doing for "the least of these" what Jesus said: feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, inviting in the stranger and so on. (Matthew 25:31-46 NIV) And you probably also agree we should "look after orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:27 NIV) The organizations featured on this website are faith-based and they are doing all of those things. So, by shopping through them, you get to join in and be part of the amazing work God is doing. Shopping simply does not get any better than that!!