This post is about Chick-Fil-A (sort of). Today, August 1, is Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, according to Mike Huckabee. Neat. As good Christians, we’re all going to head down to the local Chick-Fil-A and eat a chicken sandwich and some waffle fries in the name of religious liberty.
But it’s really not about that, is it?
Mike Huckabee’s Facebook event would be comical if it weren’t so…infuriating.
This is about taking “our” country back.
It’s about standing up for “our” values.
It’s about standing up for “our” rights.
It’s about defining what’s “ours” and, more importantly, not “theirs.”
Look, I support the traditional definition of marriage 100%. Anybody that knows me knows that. I’m a southern, reformed, conservative, presbyterian, Christian (really all those other labels are unnecessary I’m just trying to prove a point here). I support Dan Cathy’s right to say what he believes and I support Chick-Fil-A’s right to donate to whatever cause they choose, just like I support anyone’s right to peacefully protest the company, just like I support Google or Amazon or Apple (all 3 companies that are staunch gay-rights advocates) to donate to whatever cause they choose. To quote Buster Bluth “I don’t agree with your dirty doings here, but I will defend with my life your right to do it!” That’s why I hate this language of “we’re taking ‘our’ country back!” Guess what? It’s their country too! (whoever they may be, unless they’re…you know…not American or something)
But whenever I see something like this, I have to wonder what’s really going on. Does drawing more lines in the sand really help? I mean, who are we taking “our” country back from? Whose values are “we” standing against?
My question is this – what does it say to your homosexual neighbor to be waving something like this in their face? It’s the same kind of thing as putting up a “Support Amendment [insert generic pro traditional marriage amendment number]” at your house or at your church. Yeah, you’re taking a stand, but what’s it really saying?
All I know is this – if I were a homosexual or were struggling with homosexual feelings, and my Christian neighbor put up a sign like that or was up in arms about Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day or whatever, they’d probably be the last person I wanted to talk to. And that’s an opportunity we are missing out on, all because we have to draw these lines in the sand that mean…well…nothing. Like I said, I stand for traditional marriage. But I don’t feel like that is something anyone that knows me, gay or straight, doesn’t already know. So let’s talk about something else, ok? My desire in life, my desire as an aspiring pastor and campus minister is not to see gay students made straight – it’s to see sinners come to know Christ. Period. The process of sanctification takes care of that other stuff.
This is a matter of conscience, and it’s simply the reason I’m not participating in CFA Appreciation Day. I appreciate them enough as it is. But I feel like this is one of those things that’s unnecessarily confrontational. And it’s a matter of conscience, simply put. I’m not trying to tell anyone else what they should do, I’m just asking y’all to think about what you’re saying. What message you’re sending, and the ramifications of that message.
That said, I’ll probably go to CFA Thursday. I love that place.