I came across this article from The Guardian – Tesco slump due to divine intervention
Members of the Christian Voice group have apparently been praying “for confusion in the Tesco boardroom” – and God has answered their prayers.
Why the campaign against Tesco? Because Tesco was a sponsor of the Gay Pride march in London last year.
I wish to distance myself from this prayer campaign for a number of reasons.
1 – I’m tired of the obsession that evangelical Christianity seems to have with homosexuality. The only time that this branch of the church is heard is in connection with gay issues.
2 – For me, there are far more important issues for the church in this country to tackle – like the increase in child poverty and the impact of the planned changes to the benefits system.
3 – If you believe in the power of prayer, pray for something positive. It’d be better to pray for a change of heart over sponsorship next year, than to seek boardroom confusion in a major company, employing thousands of people and contributing to the limited economic activity at this time. (And no, I’m not a particular fan of Tesco!)
4 – Who is likely to suffer from a fall in the value of Tesco’s shares? Maybe the people who made the decision about sponsorship, but it’s far more likely to be the people whose pension fund has invested in shares in Tesco.
5 – IF we’re going to use prayer as a weapon against companies, I’d choose companies whose activities are far more dubious than Tesco’s. Maybe arms manufacturers that sell to repressive regimes; drugs companies that inflate the prices of their products where the need is greatest; all sorts of companies who exploit the people and other resources of the planet.
So, to make myself clear: Christian Voice does not speak for me.