What to do about JP Morgan’s funding of the Southern Poverty Law Center?

The broader Christian community continues to struggle with how to engage the culture in the ongoing sexual revolution–how do we hate the sin and love the sinner?  There seems to be a consensus that what was done in the past was at a minimum strategically ineffective, and that a new path forward must be forged.  But what that specifically looks like is difficult to identify at the social level. Yes, as individuals we are more likely to be able to enter into dialogue with those of opposite views, but our public activities generate the very animosity that precludes individual discussion–hence the dilemma.  Yet the sexual revolution and pressure from the secular progressive left only grows stronger, seemingly strengthened by the lack of moral opposition.  Our inability to “figure it out” has created a moral vacuum that the progressive left is only too willing to fill.

One manifestation of this is JP Morgan’s decision to continue funding “anti-hate” groups in response to the Charlottesville incident, which announced Monday that they were going to fund “anti-hate” groups:

“The events in Charlottesville have increased the urgency to confront hate, intolerance and discrimination wherever it exists,” Peter Scher, head of corporate responsibility at J.P. Morgan, wrote in a memo to employees, according to CNN Money.  The U.S.’s biggest bank said that the donation will be split equally between the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and is part of efforts to address “deep divisions” in the nation. In addition, the bank will contribute up to $1 million more by matching employee donations, according to Reuters.

Yet it is likely that this donation will only increase the divisions in our country–certainly divisions between conservative Christians and the secular progressive left.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has long since ceased being an advocate for justice, and has simply become a shill moral veneer for the secular progressive left.  Their primary output is the Hate Group map; a cursory view of their map shows any number of racist groups and then, the Christians.  Yes, if you believe in orthodox Christian teaching on sexuality, and what has been accepted by all cultures for millennia as the cultural norm, you are a “hater.”  This map has consequences, as the Family Research Council had a gunman open fire in their DC headquarters based on a leftist finding them on SPLC’s list.  Fortunately the gunman was not able to kill anyone.

So what should we do?  JP Morgan and others that fund these groups are responding to the political pressures and incentives they face. Perhaps they need to face consequences from conservatives? If I had a bank account at JP Morgan, I’d consider closing it with a letter explaining why.  Probably ineffective, but it is certain that silence will only beget more of the same.  What do you think we should do?

82 thoughts on “What to do about JP Morgan’s funding of the Southern Poverty Law Center?”

  1. As Christians, we are to show God’s love to everyone, both believers and unbelievers. Homosexuals are sinners just like thieves, liars, adulterers, racists, and all the other forms of sin present in the earth and we should treat them as such. Christianity should never be hateful towards any group- only towards sin itself.

    Private companies have every right to support any cause they want. It is the public that must be aware and choose companies accordingly. For example, some people have stopped going to Starbucks due to the company’s support of Planned Parenthood. Christians must be aware of where their money is going and whom they are supporting with their business.

  2. I think that we are to show the same unconditional love, that Jesus showed us, to all peoples of the earth. Jesus died for us as well as those who have not yet come to Christ. I think that what JP Morgan is doing is a good gesture, in response to the events that transpired in Charlottesville. What happened in Charlottesville was not anything new, it was something that was already in existence and simply made bigger publicity this time. Thus, causing people to have these issues drawn to their attention.

    Concerning the relations that this may have with the modern day push for LGBTQ rights, I believe that it is up to every Christian what their convictions are. If a believer feels that having an account with JP Morgan would be contrary to his or her belief then it is up to them to withdraw their association with the organization. Although, with that aside, I would suggest that every God fearing Christ follower should take a strong public stance against blatantly wicked groups like the KKK and white supremacy. If we know anyone who shares the ideals taught by those groups we should deal with them the same way we are to deal with those living in the sin of homosexuality. We are to deal with them with the love of Christ and help to steer them toward the path of righteousness.

  3. I know this is gonna sound cliché because everyone before me has brought up all of the same thoughts that I have but I would also not hold an account with JP Morgan. Even though pulling out my money wouldn’t do much, I would still be supporting a business that, though it tries to combat hate, only spreads more chaos, and that makes me feel guilty for supporting that. I agree with what Austin said earlier that, as a person who has low influence like myself has a better chance of influencing people directly around me by displaying the Gospel through my actions. Showing Christ’s love to people will at least impact their lives in some way. They might not get saved or even change their mindset, but all we can do is love, serve, and spread God’s Word and then we have to trust that God is having everything work together for His good.

  4. In my opinion, I agree with many of the above comments. As Christians, it is our responsibility to keep ourselves informed as to whom they support and where their money is going. We must learn how to hate the sin, but love the sinner in every aspect of our life. However, with all that is going on in the world today that is becoming increasingly difficult.

    At the end of the day, if I believe a company I am supporting is going against what I stand for, then I would make the decision to remove myself from the equation.

  5. If only Jeff Haymond would display the same moral outrage against nazis and KKK marching in the streets as he does against gay people. Maybe then he would have some credibility.

  6. These past several years of this growing social movement have certainly been difficult to navigate as believers. However, I do think there is a lot of value in the fact that it has resulted in believers having to think hard about what they believe and the best way to approach those that feel differently. With that being said I initially find it frustrating that a company such as JP Morgan would make an attempt to “stop hate” when in reality a big part of what they are supporting is a political stance. However, I would be curious to see of all of the “Christian” groups that are a part of the hate map, how many are discriminatory, racist and or hateful, versus those that are Bible driven, people loving Churches that simply don’t waver on there stances about the Homosexuality. Because I am not sure of the kind of Churches I don’t want to be too quick to judge that aspect. Ultimately however my response would be to love all of those you encounter with the love of Christ. If closing an account at JP Morgan is something that someone feels obliged to do because of their conscience then I completely understand that. Ultimately though we should recognize that all humans are just like myself, sinful and desperately in need of a savior. With that mind set we must seek to share the Gospel with all who we encounter.

  7. Hating the sin but loving the sinner, has almost become a cliched saying among Christians. It is something that we know we should be doing, but most people have no idea how to do.

    I personally am torn on my stance on boycotting businesses or restaurants that support things that are morally wrong. In one way, it is at least something I could be doing to show my dislike for those things. At the same time, the likelihood that my boycott would have any effect on the business is incredibly small, and if I were to boycott one company I would have to boycott all of the ones that were doing similar things, and unfortunately, that would mean not going to a large majority of stores and restaurants.

  8. Last year, many Christians decided to boycot Target for allowing men who consider themselves to be women and vice versa to use the bathroom of the opposite sex. What would your response to this be?

  9. Many companies other than JP Morgan fund groups that represent things such as the LGBT or abortion. Only a few such as Hobby Lobby and Chick fl a have had to the courage to stand up to the pressure.

  10. This topic is really hard to navigate as a Christian and this country being as divided as it is. It truly is sad that the SPLC have created a list with all of the hate groups and Christians are on it. The only way to respond to accusations such as this one is to continue to love people and just prove the list wrong. It is one thing if a Christian were to say they should not be on the list, but it would be even more powerful for a nonbeliever to advocate for the removal of Christians because of the way they had been treated by one.

    In regards to JP Morgan, it is sad to see they have fallen into the political pressures that so many other companies have fallen into. I respect their desire to help, however it is sad that the money had to go to a group like the SPLC.

  11. I agree with you and a lot of your points. I don’t personally agree with JP Morgan giving funds to a group like the Southern Poverty Law Center but if I took out all of my money from companies that made mistakes like this, I would have all of my money under my bed. Companies make mistakes like this all of the time, I think they have the right intentions in mind. Plus JP Morgan is only donating a million dollars, that’s basically nothing for a company that is worth over 40 Billion dollars.

  12. Like many others in the commenting section, I too was oblivious to JP Morgan doing this. It is truly a shame that our Christian world view continues to be misconstrued and rejected by more and more of the majority in today’s world. I believe that a lot of people think that Christians have a harsh mentality on those who do not believe the same as we do. I disagree for that statement, for the most part. While I am motivated to encourage others to accept Christ into their life, I do not hate them for their actions, thoughts, or sins. No one is perfect, and we all sin ourselves (it is one of the fundamentals of being a Christian – no one is perfect but Christ himself).
    I would hope that more people would truly try to see where we are coming from with our beliefs and opinions, rather than making the harsh generalization that we are people filled with hate towards others who do not believe the same as we do.
    As far as boycotting JP Morgan goes, I’m pretty torn on that subject. Would pulling my small account out from a multi-billion dollar bank make a difference? Probably as much as switching my iPhone to an Andriod or Samsung… and let’s face it, they could be practicing some of the same leftist funding, or worse. Every individual and corporation makes mistakes that are sinful and not Christ-like. Rather than worrying about starting a massive boycott against JP Morgan, I believe rather that we should focus on spreading our world view and confronting as many people as possible about this so that we may not seem as harsh to everyone that thinks differently than we do.

  13. As Christians we follow what the Bible teaches and as long as we don’t shame or hate on others for believing differently than us, then we are doing nothing wrong. A lot of Christians are hateful towards groups like gays and that is unfortunate. We don’t have to agree on everything but we do have to show them love.

  14. Another thing to keep in mind is how are we loving one another. The biblical definition of love stands in stark contrast to the world’s definition of love. I once heard someone speaking on the topic and he made the claim, “The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference.” One of the worst things I can do as a believer is to sit back and watch those I love get caught up in the sin of homosexuality because it means I don’t care about their spiritual well-being. Loving one another means sharing the truth of the gospel with those around us. Its not a blind acceptance to their behaviors, but on the contrary, it is a daily pursuit to show the love of Christ, to be the vessel that brings light to a people wandering in the darkness.

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