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Published: Saturday, July 19 2014 4:50 a.m. MDT

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Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

I think that this is a bad idea.

Environmentalists promote "green" technology and practices in order to change behavior. If we want to promote the Gospel, we should follow the Savior's example and minister to the lost.

If we segregate our commerce to only those who publicly profess their Christianity, then aren't we cheapening the "broken heart and contrite spirit" we are all supposed to acquire?

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:5-6)

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

While a filter environmental or social responsibility may make things clearer to many people, the 'lens of faith' can pretty much only cloud and distort. It presents a different view to every person who uses it, just like religion does in the larger context. Take the term 'values based consumer', for example. Most, if not all of us, have values as a consumer, and a person. There need not be a religious component involved at all. It is disingenuous to suggest religion is necessary to make a values based decision. On the up side, it's easier to be a consumer if you don't think you need to worry if the place sells beer or is open Sunday or supports bigoted concerns.

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

I think more people would engage in values-based consumerism if they could afford it. I can't stand Wal-mart or its values, but I keep finding myself there because it saves me money. If I had $7 extra dollars to waste on a dozen eggs, I would do it. As far as Lowes is concerned, I shop where it most convenient (which side of the highway), the products carried, and customer service before I consider the values espoused by corporate owners. However, I do find myself boycotting stores for a time if they promote something that I vehemently disagree with. Lowes is also interesting in that it psychologically caters to female shoppers while Home Depot caters to men (store layouts, organization, and colors) They both have found a gender niche that seems to work for them which again, probably carries more weight than moral values.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Some thoughts on the subject:

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:5-6)

"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. "Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!" (Jacob Marley, "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens)

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

From the article: While the Internet caters to values-based consumers who want to buy products that are everything from fair trade, cruelty-free or made without child labor, there are few sites that cater specifically to Christian groups..."

So... Christians aren't concerned about the environment or child labor or slavery or animal free testing. They just want to make sure the company isn't nice to the gays. Which means the companies this website recommends will be companies that have horrible records on human rights and human dignity.

Got it. Christian values.

stevan madrigal
murray, UT

Purchase based on need.
Patronize local merchants.
Consolidate trips.
Amen.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Christian *Stewardship refers to the responsibility that Christians have in maintaining and using wisely the gifts that God has bestowed. God wishes human beings to be his collaborators in the work of creation, redemption and sanctification.. This also includes traditional Christian Ministries that share the resources of treasure, time and talent. *Stewardship=(G3623, oikonomos)the manager of a household or estate. E.g…,

The Parable of the Talents In Matthew 25, Jesus tells another parable related to stewardship. The story is about a wealthy man who entrusts a certain number of talents to each of his three servants while he is away on a long journey. Upon his return, he rewards or punishes them according their management or mismanagement of his money.

truth in all its forms
henderson, NV

I tried using this site but the only stores listed were chic-fil-a and hobby lobby.

StGeorgeBeacon
SAINT GEORGE, UT

This may look interesting on the surface, but when you drill down further will you find that this is just a smoke screen?

I'm thinking of the recent Hobby Lobby fiasco where they sued because they were opposed to paying for certain birth control methods--claiming religious objections to those methods--yet their own retirement plans invest in the companies that manufacture them.

I'm not a Christian--not religious at all, actually. But a corollary can be drawn to secular companies who claim to promote "social responsibility" but retail products manufactured in countries where there are human rights abuses and appalling labor conditions, or who claim to promote "green" values but who own subsidiaries that are gross polluters.

Another question is, how much revenue does this website earn from promoting these businesses? And what about businesses that meet their (arbitrary) criteria, but who don't want to pony up the money to be advertised on the site? We live in a capitalist economy. It's all about money, baby.

I think this is just another marketing game of smoke and mirrors and I would be extremely skeptical.

Samuel Adams
Layton, UT

@ Truth
I counted 79 companies reviewed when I clicked on the site and went to "Company Reviews"…..
interesting

Paul Elder
Chicago, IL

Things aren't divisive enough in this country? If everyone votes only by who they think is religious, we're all in trouble. Not to be a total cynic, but don't you think there are marketing folks out there who are telling their Board of Directors, "Hey, go Christian, we'll get a lot of business." Hobby Lobby will pay dearly for their alienation of every non-Christian. If you don't want to serve the entire population, choose another line of work.

LeDoc
SLC, UT

"What would Jesus buy?" I'm thinking Jesus would do a lot less buying than most of the spoiled masses and instead give more to the have nots.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Wonder if they even consider Mormons Christian, since I didn't notice any Mormon owned businesses.

Dumb site, that will only divide more. Noticed they liked Walmart and didn't bother to mention the human rights issues they support in China, or the socialization of the benefits by the federal government that they use to increase their profits. But most importantly they don't sell a particular birth control, that they know more about that the pharmaceutical company that created it.

Their Criteria of a good Christian seems to depend on 2 things: Birth Control & Gay Hatred, which seem to me very low on the "Things important to Christ" List. Here I thought he taught more than hate your neighbor and the rules of sex ed.

OneWifeOnly
San Diego, CA

I have to admit, I’m lost about what exactly this website is any why DN is promoting it. I looked at the website and tried to figure out their criteria for awarding stars to various companies. For example, I looked at Samsung who ranks middle of the road (3 or 3-1/2 stars in all categories) primarily because they haven’t taken a stand on most of the USA’s hot-button issues. But I’m perplexed at the three star rating in the category “Other” which seems to have to do with Christmas related products and whether or not Samsung uses the word “Christmas” on it’s website. Hopeful Chris Stone understands that (1) Samsung is a Korea based company (2) Korea’s major religions are Buddhism and Confucianism (3) only 1.7% of Koreans are Christians and, (4) there are other religious winter holidays celebrated by Americans besides Christmas.

sashabill
Morgan Hill, CA

If Jesus went to a car dealership, would he buy a donkey?

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