The next time you consider pulling up to the Starbucks’ drive through line, ready to place your order for a tall black coffee or grande caffe latte, you may want to pause and give it a second thought.
That’s because the world’s largest coffeehouse chain announced on Monday that it will begin covering travel expenses for employees seeking abortions or so-called sex change procedures.
In a memo sent to employees on Monday, the corporation said it will reimburse U.S. employees for travel expenses if they travel more than 100 miles to abort their preborn baby.
“Like many of you, I’m deeply concerned by the draft Supreme Court opinion related to the constitutional right to abortion that was first established by Roe v. Wade,” Sara Kelly, a human resources executive, wrote in the memo.
The move from Starbucks comes as the U.S. Supreme Court considers overturning Roe v. Wade, thereby granting states the authority to further restrict or prohibit abortion prior to a preborn baby’s viability.
If this happens, several states would near instantaneously outlaw abortion at any stage of pregnancy – hence the move from leftist companies to cover their employees’ travel costs to abort their children.
CNBC reports that other large companies, including Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Salesforce have also announced that they will cover their employees’ travel costs for abortions.
Now, it’s widely known that Starbucks has been a notoriously leftist company for years.
But according to a recent poll from the Trafalgar Group, the vast majority of Americans want companies to stay out of politics, and would consider boycotting companies that openly advocate for a political agenda they disagree with.
The poll found that 87.1% of voters would likely stop using a product or service from a company that promotes a political agenda they disagree with.
Just 12.8% of Americans say they would not likely consider boycotting.
Mark Meckler, President of Convention of States Action, which commissioned the poll, said, “The progressive left’s insistence that everybody and everything adhere to their agenda and politics is now coming home to roost.
“When an overwhelming majority of Americans, from all political backgrounds say they are now likely to boycott companies they disagree with, it’s an indicator that regardless of what side they choose to take, this is a losing battle for the companies … It’s time for companies to leave politics and activism behind and return to simply providing products and services to their customers.”
It’s difficult for Christians to navigate the current leftist corporate landscape.
There are almost too many instances to count of corporations promoting leftist values. Disney’s endorsement of the sexualization of children. Oreo’s recent pride cookie. Taco Bell’s new ‘Drag Brunches’ promoting gay pride. Bank of America. American Airlines. American Express. AT&T. Best Buy. Comcast. Domino’s.
The list goes on and on.
For Christians, to buy, or not to buy – That is the question.
Modern Christians face this conundrum constantly, which led the satire site The Babylon Bee to poke fun of our predicament.
“A conservative man has reportedly boycotted every single company with ties to ‘woke’ political idealogy (sic) and now resides alone in a cave with his Goya Beans and MyPillow,” the site wrote.
It’s funny, but only because it’s equally true – if Christians were to only buy products and services from corporations that share our values, we’d only be able to buy beans and pillows.
This is the rub that Christians currently face.
Jesus Christ, in his High Priestly Prayer, asked God the Father to protect His followers while they remained in the world.
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:15-16).
So, since we all remain in this fallen world, how can Christians best do (or not do) business with leftist companies that repeatedly promote causes and movements that are antithetical to our faith?
Here are a few questions I think would be wise to consider before giving leftist corporations your money:
- Is the product or service something that I must purchase because it is essential to my daily life or well-being, or is it just something that I want?
- Is there another business, perhaps a small or locally run one, that provides a similar product or service, but doesn’t promote leftist causes?
- If I must purchase a product or service from a leftist corporation, how can I best represent my Christian faith during my interaction with the company’s product or employees?
While there’s usually no perfect answer to these questions – we do live in an imperfect world after all – the age in which we live requires us to be wise and discerning with the companies we promote and the products we buy.
Considering these questions helps us become better stewards of the resources that God has generously given us.
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