So, unless you live under a rock, you should have noticed the news that Chick-Fil-A president, Dan Cathy, came out in support of “traditional marriage” and we also learned that the same business had donated millions of dollars to fund anti-gay organizations. I have seen quite a few blogs, new stories and had many talks with friends and family on the legality and religious nature of the reaction from both Chick-Fil-A supporters and Chick-Fil-A opponents. Obviously, it’s divided.
I am not writing to determine the constitutionality of anything – whether one side is infringing on the other’s freedom to speak anything else. This blog is not a legal blog so I won’t go there. It also isn’t a website dedicated to convicting non-believers. However, it is a blog dedicated to believers, Christianity and our responses to issues in our faith and culture. This whole Chick-Fil-A thing is another example of my subtitle – “Christianity On The Rocks.”
I went to bed last night sad. There was this looming feeling of helplessness for tomorrow was going to be August 1st – the day set aside for Christians to “Support Chick-Fil-A.” Now, I am all about supporting Christian companies but this support smacks more of spite than support. I have already seen tweets and Facebook posts of people’s Chick-Fil-A drink cups. They are proud of their participation. But honestly, it’s a bit sickening. The pit in my stomach has some to do with the anti-gay sentiments surrounding the “support” but it’s mostly because of the hardening of many Christians’ hearts over this issue.
We must never forget that behind every “problem” and “issue” is a real person. A person made in the image of God with hopes, fears, doubts, passions, desires and love. Yes, even gay people. Unfortunately, some have unrealistic views of the gay community because though they “love the sinner” they have never sat down with someone who is gay and actually talked to them about this issue or any other!
We have forgotten how to talk, but more importantly, how to listen to each other.
One of the songs I learned at “We(e) Worship” in church when I was small had these lyrics:
Deep and wide
Deep and wide
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide…
Today, on “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” that fountain is dry and certainly not flowing. But the deep and wide gap that should be bubbling life giving, graceful and forgiving water is empty, leaving just…a gap. A void. Another chasm that we have positioned ourselves on the edge of while we hurl chicken nuggets, waffle fries and grit our teeth, dig our feet into the ground and “stand up for our Christian values.”
Hell can described as being a pit-like-place where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Sounds a lot like August 1st, 2012. Who would’ve thought that instead of being the ones who would bring God’s Kingdom to earth, we have brought something more like hell to it?
Regardless of what “side” you are on and where you choose to eat today, I urge you to read 1st Corinthians 13 again – the love chapter. Take a moment and let the scriptures be a mirror to your motivations. Use it as a checklist before you eat anything.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
But why did I go to bed sickened only to wake up with a bigger pit in my stomach? Because today, August 1st, 2012, I think The Enemy has won the fight.