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Chick-fill-A or Christian Chicken
It seems that the debate over marriage and the family has spilled over into the fast food industry as Chick-fil-A’s President took a bold stand against gay marriage. But should the popular and successful fast food vendor be comfortable with just selling chicken without labeling it as “Christian chicken?”
The controversy arises over a statement made by Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, in which Mr. Cathy is quoted as saying, “We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit… We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
In my own opinion, I do not think there is anything wrong with Mr. Cathy’s statement; in fact, I think he should be commended for taking such a bold stand for his faith. He is simply making it known that he, and those in his organization are in agreement with the Biblical definition of the family, which the Bible says is a union between a man and a woman. Mr. Cathy also wants it to be known that they are (proud to be) married to their first wives, which is really what God intended a marriage to be—for a lifetime. It is within Mr. Cathy’s legal right to voice his opinion about his opposition to gay marriage; but being legal does not give Mr. Cathy immunity from opposition from those who simply do not agree with his views. The gay community is also within their legal right to voice their opinion in support of gay marriage. Gay rights groups have opposed Chick-fill-A since early 2011 when they supplied food for an event that was sponsored by a group that was formed to defeat same-sex marriage initiatives.
There is more to being a Christian than claiming a name, or taking a stand to defend that name. God does not need the church to defend Him—He is God. To be a Christian is to be like Christ. So is the church taking on the likeness of Christ by attempting to force its views on unbelievers? Again I say that Mr. Cathy should be commended for his stand for Christian values. I am sure he calculated the cost—the possibility that he could lose customers or be misinterpreted by some who might say that Chick-fill-A only sells Christian Chicken to Christians.
I think this whole idea of a church that puts so much emphasis on forceful opposition to those who are outside the church is not really what God expects of the church. Jesus had opposition too—the Pharisees, who fought everything He did; they even falsely accused Him in order that they might kill Him. I find it interesting that Jesus did not waste time trying to give the Pharisees something they did not want, nor did He have His disciples protest their hypocrisy, or preach hate against them, or fight them because they saw God in a different light. Jesus simply told the Pharisees what God said, and then He left them alone to make their own decision. Jesus taught His disciples (of which the present day church is descended from) that love was the greatest of God’s commandments.
Everyone must understand that God has openly displayed Himself to all mankind so that no one can have an excuse when they stand before Him in the Day of Judgment, for God says:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power of Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:18-20
So why is the church so passionate about suppressing those who oppose God? When the church first began believers were not at liberty to protest for fear of being killed. However, they still congregated in their small groups and continued to worship God, and get this: the church continued to grow.
I believe the time has come for all Christians to understand that God has already written the story of Creation from beginning to end; it is called the Bible. There is nothing that anyone can do to take away from, or add to the book; nor can anyone change the outcome of its ending. In fact on the very last page of the book God issues a warning to those who think they can change the outcome of what God says is destined to be. He says:
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18-19
When Jesus gave up His life on the cross he said, “It is finished.” Jesus finished everything that God predestined in the Bible concerning our redemption. There is not one person on this earth who is without sin. So, rather than force the Word of God down the throats of those who do not believe it, and rather than trying to convince gays and lesbians that marriage is between a man and a woman, I think it is significant that we each (believers and non-believers) find it within our hearts to love each other, let God be the Judge, and find our role in the book and act it out. What do you think?