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Politician calls for Burger King boycott

An exterior view of the Tim Hortons Corporate Headquarters on August 26, 2014 in Oakville, Ontario
An exterior view of the Tim Hortons Corporate Headquarters on August 26, 2014 in Oakville, Ontario
Photo by Aaron Vincent Elkaim/Getty Images

According to an August 26 article in Fox News; Ohio politician Sherrod Brown is calling for a boycott of Burger King. Brown called for the boycott after Burger King announced that it was purchasing Tim Hortons, and moving its headquarters. Brown accused Burger King of “abandoning the United States.”

According to WCSH Channel 6; Burger King purchased Tim Hortons for $11 billion dollars. One of the primary benefits of the deal is that allows Burger King to move its headquarters to Canada; and pay less in taxes. In 2008, Tim Hortons opened store number 500 in the United States; located in Detroit Michigan.

Does the Bible reference or support boycotts? The question is a difficult one to answer. The Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun; meaning that the fact that there is no specific scripture mentioning boycott does not mean they were not prevalent. Jesus also instructed His disciples to have no dealings with those who do not receive Him. There is also a school of thought that God’s turning over some to a reprobate mind represents a boycott of certain lifestyles.

100 Christians were asked about Sherrod Brown’s call for a boycott of Burger King. Over 75% of them felt that the boycott was not fair. Over half of the respondents felt that Burger King was doing nothing illegal, and had the right to do what’s best for its business. None of the people surveyed felt that the deal would have a negative impact (job loss) long term.

It is a well-known fact that some businesses relocate but locally and abroad to get the best possible deal, and to maximize profits. Sometimes the cost of doing business is paid to and in “the court of public opinion.” How does spirituality play a part in this? Is the parable of the vineyard applicable?