Be it at our favorite restaurant, the grocery or hardware store, the gas station, or the mall, when we spend a dollar we are casting our vote.
When we spend, or consume if you will, we are supporting a large string of companies and people. For example, you go buy a block of Sharp Cheddar Cheese. In this one transaction, you told the retailer, the store employees, the wholesaler and its employees, the trucking company, the dairy warehouse, the manufacturing plant, the packaging companies and all the way to the cows and people that milk them that you like what they are doing. You support the choices that they make. That you like the way they interact with the community around them and you like their stance on the issues of the day
THIS IS CRAZY! All I wanted has some cheese! Yet this is exactly what happens in the economy we live and participate in. There is no way to know if you are supporting child labor or the oppression of a race or gender. Are you funding war? Are you “voting” for the other side if you buy a particular product? Does your purchase fit into the Methodist Social Principals? Find out here: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/social-principles-social-creed
In the 9 AM Impact! Sunday Adult Study class I participate in, we are looking at this issue of how our purchases Impact the behavior of companies. And also how our giving impacts churches, organizations, and groups. What I have come to understand is that if you keep the circle tight, you know who is in it. Buying local when possible and actually knowing those that supply you with what you need. Farmers markets are starting. This is a good place to vote. Local craftspeople, artists would appreciate your vote. There is a dairy just a few miles away, I think I’ll go talk to them.