Skip to comments.How a Mother of Three Made A Difference For Morality
Posted on 02/24/2015 11:32:14 AM PST by Kaslin
When you look at the endless problems we face in society today, its easy to think, But what I can do? Im just one person.
The fact is that God only has people to use, and He uses one person at a time. Its amazing to see what can happen when one person decides to take a stand.
Lisa L. is the homeschooling mother of three children. Shes 35-years-old and, along with her husband Mike, graduated from our ministry training school when it was based in Pensacola, Florida.
Initially, the transition from ministry school to motherhood was challenging, as Lisa went from wanting to change the world to having to change diapers. Then, she realized that she could change the world one diaper at a time, and so, from their earliest days, her kids would be involved with her in evangelism and in acts of compassion, even looking for opportunities to share the gospel during trips to the grocery store.
Lisa also teaches her children about modesty, believing that beauty is God-given and can be cultivated but that sensuality is a degrading attack on the gifts that God has given us.
A few years ago, she was in the check-out aisle of a store when her son, then 5-years-old, said to her, Mommy, why is that woman taking off her underwear?
When Lisa looked at the magazine cover, which was at the eye level of her children, she was shocked to see the image of a woman who was pictured in the process of removing her bottoms. How vulgar!
Lisa politely brought it to the attention of the store manager, who agreed with her perspective but had to refer the complaint to corporate management, and thats as far as it went.
Last week, Lisa and Mike were at Books-a-Million at the local mall when they noticed the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, which really crosses the lines of propriety.
They kindly asked a clerk there to cover up or remove the magazine, and as, Lisa describes, From out of nowhere a yelling and mocking man came jolting into my face, yelling for all to hear that my viewpoint was not only wrong but completely discarding the beauty of a woman's body. Only seconds later was he threatening to use his army ranger moves on us!!!
Mall security was called and after a few minutes of loud screaming/threatening and what I thought would be an all-out fist fight, I noticed the sweet clerk (who was in complete agreement the entire short conversation we were able to have) had turned all the magazines over to hide the horrendous images on the front!
It was quite a dramatic event: It all happened so fast.... Before I knew it he was yelling at me, and then, Mike stepped in and to let him know he needed to walk away. It all went downhill from there. He said he was an army ranger and was going to really hurt Mike. I couldn't believe it! Then, he started insulting me and saying how we were both crazy. It was wild....so wild.
But, in the end, no one was hurt and the magazines were turned around. I think everyone in the store received a nice visual on how disturbing the effects of these types of magazines can be. Hoping God was glorified in some way. I haven't had that much adrenaline activated in a very long time!!
Mall security actually had to walk them out of the store for their safety, and when they got home, Lisa was so disturbed by the nights events that she couldnt sleep, deciding to get online and search for contact information for the corporate offices of Wal-Mart and Harris Teeter, a large grocery chain in their area.
She placed calls to the corporate management of both stores and the next morning was contacted by managers from Wal-Mart and Harris Teeter.
Wal-Mart pledged to look into the matter immediately and get this an executive from Harris Teeter called Lisa, expressing complete agreement with her concerns, following up with this email:
Hey Lisa, sorry for the delay on sending this to you.
It was nice talking to you yesterday and after we got off the phone I sent communication to all the stores the expectations we have on merchandising the display / issue. All of our stores should have blinders in place on the shippers, covering the image on the front of the magazine. They should also have the mainline issues on a tier behind the normal Sports Illustrated covering the image on the front of the swimsuit issue.
Please let me know if you come across any stores that are not in compliance and I will be happy to reach out to them. We want to make sure we are providing a pleasant and enjoyable shopping experience for all our customers.
Tom S. (followed by his title in the organization).
Isnt this remarkable? It took one call by one person, and within hours, a decision was made not to impose an immoral cover on the customers of this fine grocery chain.
And for Lisas part, rather than be intimidated by an angry and potentially violent outburst earlier in the night, she stood her ground and pushed forward.
One person affecting many stores and touching even more lives. A force for good and an encouragement to morality.
Thats how change comes about, as each of us do our part and God does His work through us.
I encourage you to pray, Lord, use me to make a difference for Your kingdom today!
To listen to my radio interview with Lisa, click here.
1 John 3:13New International Version (NIV)
Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[a] if the world hates you.
1 Peter 4:12-19New International Version (NIV)
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
[ The World Hates the Disciples ] If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
1 John 3:13
Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
Yup, she sure shared the gospel that day
The Sports Illustrated cover is lewd.......my 10 yr old granddaughter knows right from wrong and would be outraged to see it.
For years, I have quietly, but firmly brought things like this to the attention of the store managers.....
...I have also turned magazines over or moved them to the back, hidden.
I realize I live in a society that has lost its shame.....but like this woman, I will do my part to protect young eyes of the little kids......Bless their hearts, they grow up way too soon as it is.
Excellent comment. Thank you and God bless you. I also turn around offensive magazines.
You did the right thing.
Problem is our side has been too quiet and polite about this garbage. We need to raise a ruckus.