I’ve always been a fan of Chick-fil-a sauce. I mean for real…. that stuff is amazing. But today I have other reasons to love that fast food restaurant.
Today, Chick-fil-a announced the following:
“Too often, those on the left make corporate statements to show support for same sex marriage, abortion, or profanity, but if Christians affirm traditional values, we’re considered homophobic, fundamentalists, hate-mongers, and intolerant. This effort is not being launched by the Chick Fil-A company and no one from the company or family is involved in proposing or promoting it.
There’s no need for anyone to be angry or engage in a verbal battle. Simply affirm appreciation for a company run by Christian principles by showing up on Wednesday, August 1 or by participating online – tweeting your support or sending a message on Facebook.”
My first reaction was that this was awesome. Everyone knows that Chick-fil-a doesn’t open on Sundays because they are a Christian-based company, and now they are taking it a step further. They are reminding everyone that in the middle of an election year and all the other crazy things going on, they are Christians and one man and one woman is how the Bible says a marriage should look like. Does this mean Christians hate gays?? ABSOLUTELY NOT. We are called to love everyone. I have plenty of friends who are gay and lesbian and also friends that struggle with various other types of sin. WE ALL ARE SINNERS. God does not say that being gay is above other sins. Some people struggle with lust. Some with stealing. Some with lying. Some with gossiping. But we ALL are sinners and fall short of God’s glory. Have we forgotten that Office Depot has recently partnered with Lady Gaga’s organization to tell kids they are “born this way”? or that Levi’s and American Apparel and other companies have taken steps to support gay rights? Doesn’t that get us fired up? I mean really though. As Christians, are we just not going to say anything about what the Bible says a marriage should look like? Why is it that Chick-fil-a is the only company making news for taking a stand for issues such as gay marriage? What if all Christians spoke our beliefs about controversial issues like this instead of “blending in” with the rest of the world? We shouldn’t make people feel that we are better humans than them, but we should seriously start living out what we say we believe on Sunday mornings.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:10-18