Google+ is better termed Google-” ~ Scott Evans, Brilliant Philosopher
Please understand, I’m fine with my friends who say they’re going do this, and the fewer still who actually do it and leave FB.
I don’t mind boycotts, it’s fine to do them. And you should do with your money and spare time what you want (Mat. 20:15). I boycott places. I’ll never ever buy a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for example.
Boycotts Don’t Have to Be 100% to Work
But keep in mind, a boycott doesn’t have to be 100% to be effective. For example, I may not want to give Johnny Depp any money but I’d still like to see a movie he’s in. I’ll tell you in a moment how to do just that without putting one cent into Depp’s pocket.
Note: This is more rare these days since so many Depp movies as well as his acting have been terrible the past few years.
So, I could boycott all of Hollywood as one of my close friends does, but that doesn’t do the few good movies any good.
But…It is so easy to get confused, right? Sometimes, try as hard as I might, I buy a ticket to a Chuck Norris or other flick worth supporting but walk into the wrong theater, like one showing a Depp or Sean Penn or Martin Sheen movie. Sometimes I just get confused. It happens.
In the World or Of?
Always count the cost. Getting off FB completely is a way to stop witnessing to some people who need it. It’s the “in the world but not of the world” thing (1 John 2:15).
I’ve had many new friends on FB tell me that day-after-day I slowly and ultimately whittle down their bad logic so that they come over to the good side of whatever issue it is. Yes, I use FB for witnessing. No, this is not reason enough to justify using FB. I enjoy FB enough to continue.
Note: I’m beginning to adopt a new tactic for time management. If it doesn’t bring me pleasure or money, I don’t do it. FB does both: it’s a good tool for testing new products I offer, it’s a good witnessing tool, and I enjoy the friends there because otherwise I’m quite a private person.
The Real Problem with Consistent Boycotts
Most who boycott are like me. Inconsistent, but still I make an impact in a small way by voting with my time and money.
My big problem with boycotts are those who actually go all out in one area. Many of them think they are being consistent when they boycott. I think this is naive. Boycotting FB and going to Google+ is certainly rearranging the chairs on the Titanic I think. And it limits your scope. Be aggressive in your posting, especially on sites owned by those who hate us. Paul prayed for boldness, shouldn’t we?
If one insists on being 100% consistent, one can’t do any business with anybody except with me and about 25 others in America. (Wait a minute, maybe that’s a good idea!)