Monday, December 17, 2007

Chick-Fil-A or McDonald's

I just received an email (see below) and am trying so hard not to laugh at how ridiculous it is. First off, I am a manager at Banana Republic-one of Gap's 3 brands. I read every communication and direction received from corporate on a daily basis. The email below is a lie. I have not once been directed or had to direct any of our associates to use the phrase "holiday" instead of Christmas. We have no marketing that states "holiday" in our store and I think I would know it if "Christmas wasn't allowed" in our store as the email states below. And further more...we are closed on Christmas Day, not "holiday". I just checked our store planning calendar and December 25th is Christmas Day, not Holiday Day.

I wonder if the person who originally sent this email out had any facts. And it cracks me up when people forward this like they know for sure that everything is factual and something as drastic as "boycotting Gap Inc." is necessary.

The reality of the world we live in today is that most retail stores do not PROMOTE Christmas but at the same time, don't promote ANYTHING BUT GIFT BUYING. I spent the last 15 minutes looking at various websites, Walmart, Target, J Crew, Bath & Body Works, Ann Tayor, Neiman Marcos, Old Navy, Gap, Banana's, Sharper Image & Apple. I found the word Christmas on TWO websites...Target's & Bath & Body Works'. we need to boycott all those other stores? We need to realize that retail stores are in business to do business not religion. They sell gifts to all religions and people groups no matter what holiday it's for. I challenge each of you who even considers believing this absurd email to browse some of these stores sites and see how many retailers are out there promoting Christmas in the least bit. Very few..

Further it the retailer's job to promote Christmas and the gospel or the church's? Last time I checked America was a pagan, capitalist, consumer oriented country. EVEN IF Gap Inc. "BOYCOTTED CHRISTMAS" (which it doesn't), do we do the same to them? When you meet an unbeliever (who basically is boycotting the Savior Jesus Christ) do you turn your back and boycott him? Of course not! You love on him and pray for him and be a light of truth. Gap Inc. is a very liberal company. We need Christians in our stores to be Jesus to the kids who work there and the people who run Gap Inc. We need Christians to come in and buy Christmas gifts and witness to the cashiers about the true meaning of Christmas. It's very hard for the secular world to see this b/c most people, Christians included, get wrapped up in the presents & ornaments. Go buy a gift and while the cashier is checking you out, talk to them about Jesus! THAT'S THE ANSWER my friend. That's what Jesus needs from us. He doesn't need all the Christians to flee to Chick-fil-A and hang out there b/c their closed on Sundays. That's awesome that they are and I love that company for taking that stand, but we can't rely on them to spread the message that we hold inside us! Gap Inc. isn't going to get saved by going bankrupt. The individual lives that make up the company will get saved by YOU being a light to them.

I think this frustrates me the most b/c Gap Inc. is part of my life. It's my 40 hours a week where I pour my sweat and blood out trying to be a witness for Christ. I'm working for a secular company just like most retail stores out there. But Christ calls us to be an ambassador for Him first and then a manager or an accountant or a doctor. I've watched God do amazing things at Banana in me and in others.

My prayer for us this season is that we won't let satan keep us so focused on pointing the finger at other's, that we are distracted from examining our own hearts and motives during Christmas time.

I send this email to remind us all that the BODY of CHRIST needs to step up and voice the meaning of Christmas and quit worrying about every establishment that isn't.

Do you think Christ would be hanging out at Chick-fil-A or McDonald's? He probably wouldn't care about which company was getting his money, but whether which company was getting his love.

If anyone has any comments or questions about this email please feel free to email me or call me. You know my heart.

Sufficient grace from the cross,

Leah Dooley

Help Sink Old Navy's Blockade

You would think a company that gets the vast majority of its business from Christians would be respectful of its customers. Such is true of companies that don't have an anti-Christian bias. But not at Old Navy. Old Navy has put a blockade around Christmas.

Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic are owned by the same company. And all three boycott Christmas. At these stores, Christmas isn't allowed because a handful of non-Christians are offended. Old Navy doesn't want to offend non-Christians. But they sure don't worry about offending Christians.

They will take your money, but they will not recognize Christmas.

Old Navy doesn't sell Christmas gifts. They sell "holiday" gifts. They don't close their stores on Christmas. They close on "holiday." They don't observe "Christmas morning," they observe "holiday morning." They don't wish customers a "Merry Christmas." They wish them a "happy holiday." Old Navy boycotts Christmas.

Old Navy has been boycotting Christmas for years. And despite thousands and thousands of requests to recognize Christmas, they refuse to do so. In fact, Old Navy is so adamant about boycotting Christmas that they have blocked incoming e-mails requesting they recognize Christmas.

When an Old Navy store manager was asked if the word "Christmas" was used in his store, he answered: "We have a lot of Christmas gifts in our stores, but the word 'Christmas' is not used here. Everything is 'holiday.'"

Old Navy even makes a joke of Christmas by offering video greetings called "Happy Chrismukkah."

Take Action!

After you have signed the petition, call Old Navy and tell them in a kind and polite way that as long as they boycott Christmas, you will boycott Old Navy. The toll free number is 1-800-427-7895. The company number is 650-952-4400. When requested, push the order number when prompted so you will be able to speak with a live person.
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