I have been on the outs with Walmart for a while now for many reasons. So when I began to receive numerous e-mail forwards about how we should boycott Walmart because they are supporting the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, I didn’t think twice about joining them. In fact our family is ahead of the curve on this one as we have not shopped at Walmart in many months for other reasons I’ll get to shortly. In fact I feel a multi-part series coming on to attempt to explain this all. I think this is how I will attempt to break it down over the next several posts.
- Capitalism vs. Industrial Capitalism
- Local Economy vs. national economy
- Decentralization – a Biblical model for all areas of life
- Foolishness of political parties as a divide and conquer method of control
(That is a rough estimate of the direction I would like to take this conversation. Bear with me, ask questions and add comments where I leave something out, I want to be sure this is covered thoroughly.)
One of the e-mails I received said Walmart is “betraying it’s Christian roots”. I would have to take exception with this notion. First Walmart is a corporation, not an individual, therefore it has no Christian roots. A corporation is not human and therefore not subject to the emotions, thoughts, and reasoning processes that are built into all humans. Most of all it is not subject to the rule of God in it’s heart. It does not have one. Because of this, it can not betray anything. In fact, a corporation can only do what it was designed to do; make money. So in this sense, Walmart is staying true to it’s roots. It is making profit at all cost.
This is also one of the downsides to not being human. It is not judged by it’s character, but by it’s profits.
Now the concerning issue which has everyone up in arms is the profits are now being used to push an agenda. Which has always been the life cycle of a corporation since Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth”. The chief problem now is that those pushing the agenda have no morals. Sam Walton may have been a good Christian man, (we’ll leave that to God to decide) but he left a legacy of destruction that is only beginning to be realised. A legacy, I’m going to claim, was inherent in the corporation at it’s inception.
This is one of the shortfalls of a corporation and one of the reasons, I would personally make the claim that they are unbiblical. If the leadership is not moral, there is nothing that will restrain the corporation. The shareholders, as long as they are profiting will not restrain it, the employees who are dependant on the income will not restrain it, and the government that is built with it’s profits and generosity, will not restrain it. (Does anyone remember Enron?) I like the way R.L. Dabney put it. He said, “A corporation doesn’t have a soul to damn or a butt to kick.”
The Bible speaks to all the principles we need to build our life in a Godly manner. If all we had was the Bible and we were building a nation, where would we get the idea that we needed an unaccountable entity to help us make money? I’m not talking about joint partnerships or trading partners. I think we could support, both by example and specific needs, from the scriptures. I am talking about the specific purpose of a corporation. Why do we have them?
I have set them up and understand the nature of them. I have participated in them and worked for them. But why do we need them? What do they provide that a man, his family, or his business partners could not provide? Does the lack of a document calling a group a corporation prevent them from producing or manufacturing goods? Does it keep them from hiring other people to help them? What is the number one reason given for setting up a corporation? According to corporation.com its to avoid government audits and provide protection against personal liability. I’m not completely sure these are good things.
(Another point I’ll try to discuss more in the next piece is the government control that comes with being a creature of the state.)
In addition, it provides a vehicle to perpetuate the wealth that it creates outside of the Biblical means of the family. It is a perpetual partnership where the partners change, but the wealth stays in the corporation. God in his wisdom, knew the good and the bad great wealth could create. As such in the normal state of affairs, that is to say according to the biblical model, all wealth is held in a family and the father as the patriarch had complete control and responsibility of it.
Here is a means to insure that the next generation, who would control the money and set the agenda, was going to use it morally. The purpose of the Christian family was and is to glorify God and honor his commands. It is the father’s responsibility to train his family in these principles. If he failed in his training and the son was a rebellious man then he was disinherited and the father would pass on the wealth to someone who could manage it properly for the Glory of God. It should not be missed here that if a family as a whole became rebellious, then they would come under the judgement of God.
In the corporation, we do not have this control. In fact, the control of the money can be bought, which is common place today with buyouts and take overs. But the key difference is, there is not an individual who is going to be held accountable for how the wealth is used. Honoring God and bringing him glory is not part of the charter of a corporation. If it is part of the paper charter, it is not what it will be judged by. Wall Street only judges by the numbers. Again, the corporation is set up to make money and the only restraint placed upon it is that of the joint moral conscience or the board as pressured by the stock holders and legislated by the government. There is no ultimate accountability.
So here are the key points to the issue with corporations.
- They are not human – incapable of character
- They are set up solely to make money
- They are used to push social agendas
- They are not a biblical entity
- They shield those who make bad decision from being held accountable by the one’s they cause harm to
- They provide a perpetual means of controlling wealth outside of the biblical model of the family
We’ll continue this thread in a future post and discuss the difference between Capitalism and the Industrial Capitalism that came to fullness through the war for southern independence. In the mean time here is the information to contact Walmart and let them know how you feel about them working with The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.