Something newsworthy that did grab my attention was the whole Chick-fil-a incident. Dan Cathy, the CEO of Chick-fil-a made an off the cuff remark about supporting a biblical view of marriage (one man and one woman) which sparked a real fire in the city building in Chicago and Boston. The mayors of both of these cities are voicing desire to not do business with Chick-fil-a and will actively try to block them from expanding.
Ok, so I have a real problem with someone trying to prevent Chick-fil-a from expanding.
First things first. I love Chick-fil-a.
I remember going to Fayette Mall as a youngster and waiting in line outside the small store for those delicious waffle fries and chicken nuggets. I have been a faithful follower since those years. I have not only driven out of my way to eat there, but have insisted we meet relatives and friends there when we stop in various towns. I have not only visited the original Chick-fil-a (aka the “Dwarf house”), but have the t-shirt to prove it. Cookeville, Tennessee, the city where I attended college did not get a Chick-fil-a until I graduated and moved away. God must have been protecting my bank account.
Chick-fil-a sort of inspired my daughter’s first Halloween costume. Hence we celebrated at none other than, Chick-fil-a.
Those of you who know me, know I’m sort of a food snob, and might think I’m a hypocrite for eating there. Chick-fil-a is far from perfect, but I do give much respect for them over other fast food options. For instance, they prepare their chicken in house, hand bread it, and they make their sweet tea and lemonade from scratch using pure cane sugar. Sure, their chicken isn’t organic, and they still have unhealthy options, but I respect other aspects of their business as well.
“Chick-fil-A is a family-owned and family-led company serving the communities in which it operates. From the day Truett Cathy started the company, he began applying biblically-based principles to managing his business. For example, we believe that closing on Sundays, operating debt-free and devoting a percentage of our profits back to our communities are what make us a stronger company and Chick-fil-A family.”
Put it this way if McDonalds was targeted, I wouldn’t have been as invested.
Secondly, I value our freedom of speech.
I value my right to invest or not invest where I choose. My Mom chooses not to shop at Target because they do not allow the Salvation Army to ring their bells and collect money at Christmas. That is totally Target’s decision, and that is totally my Mom’s decision to not shop there. I however, regardless of that decision, enjoy shopping there.
Bryan and I choose to not support McDonalds and have not eaten there in nine years. There is no judgment or condemnation if you choose to eat there, because we each get to decide where our hard earned dollars go.
My point is, I don’t think our government should try to make those decisions for us. That is why my two-year-old daughter and myself stood an hour in line (sweating) on Wednesday for some delicious chicken nuggets, waffle fries, and a sweet tea. It is not because I hate people that are gay. In fact, I wish I had worn a shirt that day for all the “Jesus Jukes” that said “Free nuggets for those without sin.”
To say I was disappointed with the conversations I heard while in line, or the people interviewed on the news is an understatement. For some, they ordered a side of anti-gay nuggets and washed it down with a strong brew of self-righteous tea.
The people in the LGBT know what Christians believe about traditional marriage. But, do we show them our desire is not to point fingers, but to weigh our own sin in light of what Christ did for us? Do they see us as loving? Do they see us as wretched sinners overwhelmed by God’s grace?
I’m reminded by the invitation Christ gave to stone the sinful woman. Not one had a right to throw it. Christ, who had the right to stone her, forgave her.
Why don’t we lay down our stones and be willing to fight for what is really at stake? If we don’t have the freedom to say what we want, it may be illegal someday to spread the news of Christ.
Now that is something worth buying chicken nuggets over.
As far as the marriage debate, vote for the person in office to support what you believe. But, remember they are just humans. Our prayers of concern for others and our country are heard by the One who has real power. And even though He has the right to declare us guilty or not guilty, He is rich in mercy. He is patient and saved us while we were still His enemies (Romans 5:10). Christ sees two types of people. Those saved by grace and those that need grace.
Please Lord, forgive your people when they condemn and judge others. We are not your secret agents of condemnation. You are the judge and alone know our inner hearts. Help us to show the love of Christ to all people and allow us to remember just how much we have been delivered.
Other articles of interest:
1. In the Basement by Jen Hatmaker
2. Chick-fil-a and the Silliness of “Tolerance” by Curtis O. Fletcher