I would like to bring to the attention of my brothers and sisters across the world and in the UK something concerning one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK, Tesco. If you have not yet read this article from Christian Voice I suggest you do so.
We are not against Tesco per se, but we oppose the policy they are adopting at present of supporting the London Gay Pride festival by giving them a gift of £30,000, which could have been spent on better enterprises such as social, medical or other charities. and the fact that Nick Lansley, Head of Research and Development at Tesco.com, has called Christians opposed to same-sex marriage as ‘evil’. I would say that this gentleman, as many of you would believe, is misguided as we are the light of the world and they are living in darkness. I would like to express we are not against gay people but we are against the sin. As we are people of grace it is not our place to judge, as our Lord Jesus Christ told us not to. He said, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6: 42)
But it is our place to be wise with the finances that the Lord Jesus Christ supplies to us as Christians. I with many of my colleagues am boycotting Tesco — their stores, their petrol stations and tesco.com — until they reverse this decision to give £30,000 to what I believe is a sinful organisation. I would hope if you read this that you would tell as many Christians as possible that if we spend our money with this particular supermarket chain we are condoning their actions. As we are a peaceful people and unlike many other religions we do not riot, this is the only course of action I believe the Lord Jesus Christ would want us to take. I would like you to pray and see if you feel as many Christians up and down the British Isles do today.
If you look at the press you will see that we are not a minority; we are a majority because He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. When we as a Christian nation stand up together there is a great power between us and heaven. This has been seen on many occasions such as the time when Jerry Springer the Opera went across our land. Or consider the time when Sir Cliff Richard wrote The Millennium Prayer and the pop industry boycotted it but it still became number one, as many of us know. We have the victory as Christ defeated the powers and principalities and made a spectacle of them at Calvary 2,000 years ago.
My prayer is that the board of Tesco will realise this is not something that they should put the public’s money into and they will relent from involving themselves in Gay Pride or Stonewall. I myself will be writing to the chief executive of Tesco and I suggest many of you who shop at Tesco regularly should do the same.