In June 2011, Family Policy Network reported the news that PepsiCo was using cells from aborted children in its research to find a better formula for its soft drinks. That revolting information spread quickly, and pro-lifers all over America began complaining to Pepsi, demanding the company sever ties with the biotech company it was using for the gruesome research.
Those demands fell largely on deaf ears as Pepsi ignored the criticism. Pro-lifers who complained received a dismissive form letter from the company that brushed aside the criticism. Shockingly, the soft-drink giant actually argued their barbaric research would result in “great tasting, lower-calorie beverages.” Apparently, PepsiCo has no regard for the fetal corpses exploited by their research, so long as they can make a few extra bucks.
The Bible directly speaks to Pepsi’s greedy motives. According to Solomon, “treasures of wickedness profit nothing” (Proverbs 10:2a). God hates murder (Proverbs 6:17), and profiting off the murder of innocent children greatly angers Him. Pepsi’s actions are cruel and immoral, but the company’s stubborn refusal to reverse course after being confronted is beyond wicked.
The Scriptures also teach Christians to be discerning in their dealings with the world. Christians are required to hate and even “abhor” evil deeds (Romans 12:9), and elsewhere are taught that such hatred for evil is part of fearing God (Proverbs 8:13). Furthermore, when Christians encounter injustice and evil, they are commanded to “expose” such “works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11).
Thankfully, accountability may finally be coming for PepsiCo. In late October, some of the company’s investors filed a shareholder resolution with PepsiCo and the Securities and Exchange Commission, demanding the company stop contracting with the biotech company developing artificial flavor enhancers with cells from aborted children. The resolution simultaneously demands PepsiCo institute a policy that will affirm human rights and prohibit future research with the remains of aborted children.
Hopefully, this added pressure will bring an end to PepsiCo’s gruesome research.
To Contact PepsiCo:
Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.