This Christian Voice doesn’t speak for me

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.

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3 thoughts on “This Christian Voice doesn’t speak for me

  1. I have never met anyone for whom Christian Voice does speak. As far as I know they are an obscure self-appointed group, have a minute membership, and only represent themselves. They appear to relish controversies like this as an opportunity for self-promotion – and sadly the media seem happy to comply. Many people, including a lot of Christians, would have felt more comfortable if the supermarket had continued its sponsorship of the Cancer charity, Race for Life whose aims are uncontroversially good – a view which seems of little interest to our sensation-led journalists. http://goo.gl/nDn8Q is but one of a whole series of social, ethical and planning-related issues on which we might have cause for concern about Tesco’s growing power, and market-share.

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