“He’s Pat. He’s Andy. They’re going on a blind date at their local Walmart to see if love is in the aisle,” states a controversial video recently posted to social media by mega-retailer Walmart.
The Facebook post is one of three “Love Is in the Aisle” videos released by Walmart in February, which depict single shoppers meeting up to go on a blind date at the store.
“Oh my [Lord’s name in vain], you’re handsome!” Pat exclaims to Andy upon meeting him at the entrance.
The men walk through the store jokingly discussing various items, such as coconuts, cast iron pans and 3-in-1 body wash. Andy also opens a box of oatmeal cookies in the store and has Pat try one.
“You’re gonna have one of these right now,” he says. “You’re gonna eat it right up. It’s gonna be awesome.”
“This is amazing,” Pat replies after taking a bite.
At the end of the video, the two men express a mutual interest in each other.
“I don’t know why, but I like Andy,” Pat states.
“Grocery shopping is usually a chore, but Pat made it fun,” Andy remarks. “And I would very much like to go grocery shopping again with him sometime.”
The marketing effort has generated both praise and concern, with some opining that the video is “pretty cute” and others stating that the social media post is “disappointing.”
“Walmart, you may want to reconsider pushing the envelope on morals. Target has tried it with gender neutral restrooms and that hasn’t worked out well,” one commenter wrote.
Walmart commented under a number of supportive remarks, but did not reply to the complaints.
“I think it would be so awesome if during pride month all the associates wore rainbow vest or pins!” one commenter wrote. “That sure is a great idea,” Walmart responded, giving a thumbs up.
The American Family Association has now launched a petition drive, calling upon Walmart President Doug McMillon to keep the company neutral on the issue.
“Walmart’s shift away from neutrality on this controversial issue to full support for same sex relationships is something Sam Walton would never have approved of,” it reads in part. “I urge you, Mr. McMillon, to return Walmart back to its founding principles by removing the pro-homosexual video and agreeing to remain neutral on the controversial issue of homosexuality.”
As previously reported, the Bible teaches that all men are in the same predicament: All are born with the Adamic sin nature, having various inherent inclinations that are contrary to the law of God and being utterly incapable of changing themselves. It is why Jesus outlined in John 3:5-7 that men must be regenerated by the second birth, and be transformed from being in Adam to being in Christ, or they cannot see the kingdom of Heaven.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Nicodemus saith unto him, ‘How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?’
Jesus answered, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ‘Ye must be born again.’”
John 8:34-36 also reads, “Jesus answered them, ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you: Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever, but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.'”