Should we boycott products made in China because of severely persecuted Christians?
Randy Alcorn’s book, Safely Home, opened my eyes several years ago. My heart broke for the deplorable conditions of persecuted Christians in China who are imprisoned for their faith, where they live—and die. Even in their deaths, when the persecutors no longer consider their time and sweat profitable, they harvest and sell their body parts.
I know it’s not restricted to only China, but we buy many products manufactured in facilities where these prisoners suffer. Reading this awakened my sense of appalled anger at this gruesome inhumanity. I wanted to boycott every product from China, but found limited selection of other products available. And would my boycott even help? It potentially could cause even more difficulty for the Christians.
My sense of justice arose. How can we allow this? Surely we need to do something, to speak out to those who have authority to change things. But the giant of industry and profit limits their influence.
And so I look to God for His answers. After all, my sense of justice and compassion reflect Christ’s character. He has the perfect blending of love and mercy, wisdom and justice.
How does God stand to see the evil in the hearts that He created? As Jesus looked into the crowds, He knew what was in their hearts. He didn’t miss the confusion, hatred, jealousy, lust, murder and deceit. Jesus saw their hearts then and sees their hearts now—and my heart. Yet along with the sinfulness, God also sees our need—lost sheep needing the care of the Shepherd. But they don’t know it. Christ made the world, was in the world, yet they didn’t recognize Him.
The day of the rod of justice will come, when all wrongs will be accounted for. It’s a promise; it’s a warning. Christ is the rightful judge of the world, not me. He has the blending of grace and truth in fullest measure—and calls me to the same.
Now, when I’m aware of a product “made in China” (or any place of persecution), it provides me with an opportunity to join Christ in compassion and intercession. I pray for those persecuted, not only for relief, but for boldness and comfort, for their words and lives to leave a legacy of love and truth. I pray for the persecutors who “know not what they do,” who don’t know what judgment is coming. I pray for Saul-turned-Paul life changes, for God to open the eyes of their hearts and give them opportunities to know the Lord of compassion. I pray for their own sakes, but also so the blood of the martyrs will not be spilled in vain. And that the precious blood of the Good Shepherd will not be in vain.
I pray for mercy to triumph. For them. For me. For all……
Psalm 72:4; Habakkuk 3:2; John 1:10-18; 5:30; Luke 23:34
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