Thursday, October 08, 2015

Hallmark Cards Removing Christian Themed Cards from Shelves??

A friend of mine was at a Hallmark store recently, looking for a religious themed birthday card for her daughter.  There were none to be found.  She asked about it.  They said they had a few in a box in the back room.  She asked why there were none on the shelf and they informed her that Hallmark was not going to stock Christian themed cards anymore.

There were quite a few comments on her post. Here is a sampling:

"...we should ALL go into these stores an ask for Christian greeting cards and maybe they will get the message!!!!!?!"

" Maybe if we all quit buying cards they will wonder what happened"

" We all need to contact walmart and hallmarks corporate office.!!! Lets flood the phones."

 " Oh that upsets me, that is so disgusting. It does seem that we are beginning to be the only ones with no rights and we can be offended everytime I turn around, and we need to just put up with it."

My question is this.  What should our response be to this?  My devotional time this morning in 1 Peter 3 has the answer, I believe.

[d]To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;

  9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but [e]giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

 10 For,
The one who desires life, to love and see good days,
Must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 He must turn away from evil and do good;
He must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer,
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

13 Who is [f]there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you [g]are blessed. And do not fear their [h]intimidation, and do not be troubled, 

15 but [i]sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [j]defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and [k]reverence;

  16 [l]and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.

 17 For it is better, if [m]God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. 

 18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the [n]spirit;

...Jesus Christ, 22 who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

It is right to be angry about the censorship of Christianity out of the Hallmark line of cards, but we must not let our anger become sinful anger.  Walking into a Hallmark shop and demanding Christian themed cards and walking out in anger will not reflect the grace of Jesus Christ to the employees.

This morning I sent an email to  Hallmark and told them of my friend's experience, the questions she asked and the response of the employees and I asked them if it was true they were not going to stock Christian themed cards anymore.  I was respectful, giving them a chance to tell me if it was true or false.  Who knows, maybe it's not Hallmark that is making this decision, maybe it is individual store managers and they are passing the buck to Hallmark to avoid dealing with customers being upset with them.  I have yet to receive an answer, but when I do I will copy and paste their response here for all to see.  

If their response is affirming the fact that they are indeed not going to stock Christian themed cards, then it is appropriate to  respectfully, respond and ask them to reconsider.  It would be appropriate to ask them if they are discontinuing all religious themed cards or just Christian themed cards.  If they are discontinuing all religious themed cards no matter what religion, then I don't think it's appropriate to get after them for discriminating because they would be treating all religions equally.

However, if they are only discontinuing Christian themed cards, we need to respectfully point out that this would be discrimination and that if they are doing it to one religion then they need to do it to all religions equally or decide to stock all of them.  

We can do this in accordance to 1 Peter 3 because we are commanded to be humble, pursuing peace, keeping our tongue (pen, emails, etc) from evil as we try to seek the truth of the matter and make an appeal for justice.

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