What can Faith Driven Consumers learn from this cultural battle?
Following months of impassioned debate involving internal stakeholders and external activists, the Boy Scouts of America voted yesterday at its national convention to change its long-standing policy on sexual orientation and allow openly gay scouts while maintaining a ban on gay leaders.
Back in February when a previous attempt by the national staff to change the policy was met with vocal opposition among rank-and-file local scouts, leaders and parents, many saw the move to postpone any decision until the national convention as an indication of a shift toward fuller consideration of viewpoints held by its core constituency of church-based troops and Faith Driven Consumers.
42 Hits Home Run with Faith-driven Themes
Despite modest expectations, 42, the faith-driven biopic which follows the rise of Jackie Robinson as the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, overachieved at the box office on opening weekend by bringing in $27.3 million and topping the charts.
Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, Robin Hood, Green Zone) and starring Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford asBranch Rickey, Brooklyn Dodgers president and general manager, 42 is fundamentally a story of Christian faith conquering discrimination and racial bigotry.
Faith Driven Consumers have opportunity to share biblical truth in the schools
Whether we realize it or not, each of us makes about 5,000 decisions every day. Some choices are so mundane and automatic that they barely register as blips on our radar. Others have major impact in our lives and reverberate into eternity.
As Faith Driven Consumers, we know from a biblical understanding of stewardship that every choice matters and has consequences. And we know we are called to be good stewards of our time, talent and treasure and are accountablefor how well we manage the resources we are entrusted with.
Faith Driven Consumers called to take action
As Faith Driven Consumers, we know at a gut level that pornography harms. We’ve seen its destructive impact on individual lives, marriages, families and society as it has become increasingly tolerated – even celebrated – in our culture during the last 60 years.
We also know from the Bible that God’s created intent for human sexuality is a glorious picture of male and female coming together as one flesh in complementary design, dignity and beauty – with each bearing the image of God in one-man, one-woman marriage that brings forth new life and forms family units that become the building blocks for communities and society.
Given that sexuality is a good, wonderful and powerful gift from God, we humans are called upon to steward it well – and encourage others to do so, too. Here, we know that any expression of sex outside of God’s created intent necessarily degrades and dehumanizes those who participate either directly or indirectly – either as actors or consumers.
What should Christians do when a corporate icon dismisses the biblical view of marriage and family?
With alluring coffee-based confections that tempt even the most price-conscious taste buds to indulge, Starbucks has taken the world by storm since its founding in 1971 to become a global Fortune 500 icon showcasing American innovation and ingenuity.
Its 2011 revenues of $11.7 billion, generated by the hard work of more than 149,000 employees in 17,000 stores, make Starbucks a company that can profoundly impact local communities in the 55 countries where it operates.
Does it matter from whom Faith Driven Consumers buy their coffee?
Want to make a positive impact and help others out of poverty – all while doing something you probably do every day?
Here, Faith Driven Consumers are no different. Our churches serve up coffee every week before and after worship services and some large mega-churches have annual coffee budgets in excess of $30,000.
In fact, after oil, coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world.
Hollywood couple creates ‘The Bible’ to share God’s love and truth
Combining Hollywood and the Holy Book, “The Bible” is a ten-part miniseries airing on the History Channel beginning on March 3rd and culminating on Easter Sunday.
Created by the producer of such mainstream shows as “Survivor,” “The Apprentice,” “The Voice” and “Shark Tank,” Mark Burnett recruited his wife, Roma Downey – star of “Touched by an Angel” – to portray Jesus’ mother, Mary, in the series. Together, Burnett and Downey took a leap of faith and created “The Bible” to target both Evangelical Christians and the general consumer audience and help “set the record straight.
POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES EXIST FOR DAUGHTERS OF FAITH DRIVEN CONSUMERS
It’s that time of the year again: young girls across America are hitting the streets in their brown vests to sell their irresistible Thin Mints and other delights in what is the largest annual fundraiser for the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).
For more than a century, this iconic organization has helped millions of girls develop courage, confidence and character for a lifetime – including such leadership skills as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
While buying the celebrated Samoas was once a no-brainer,many concerns have been raised in recent years by Faith Driven Consumers about positions held by the GSUSA and its affiliate organization, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), that are in conflict with a biblical worldview.
On the day when Americans will spend $18.6 billion on Valentine’s candy, cards, gifts, flowers and other items in the celebration of love, it’s easy to forget that the historic Feast of St. Valentine in the Western liturgical church calendar focused on the martyrdom of a priest who stood for the cause of Christ in the third century A.D.
Although some uncertainty surrounds the details of the life and death of the saint whose Latin name was Valentinus, according to one account he was arrested for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians in an era when offering them comfort was forbidden in the Roman Empire. Eventually, Valentine was brought before Emperor Claudius II, who initially liked him. However, when Valentine refused to worship Roman gods and, instead, attempted to convert Claudius to Christ, he was beaten and then beheaded on February 14 outside the Flaminian Gate.
Major sports magazine asks how compatible is the culture of football with Christianity?
Faith and football is the topic of the latest Sports Illustrated cover story, “In the Fields of The Lord” (February 4, 2013).
In this piece, writer Mark Oppenheimer explores the intersection of Christianity and the sports culture permeating football – questioning whether the two are really compatible. He suggests that the violence of football and the temptations that often come with the life of a professional athlete are issues which do and should have an effect on Christians, especially athletes.