After discussing the issue with some very wise friends, I thought I may want to post a follow-up to better refine the point and affirm some of the positives from the movement to support CFA.
Watch this video and tell me who comes across as the one motivated by hate and who shows themselves to be only concerned with serving someone else.
This Chick-fil-A employee handled this extremely rude and self-absorbed man with class and grace. That speaks well of the company and the type of employees they hire. She definitely showed love under fire.
Looking at the long lines of people and the record breaking amount of food being ordered yesterday – did you hear of any problems? I saw some people say that some restaurants ran out of nuggets, but they weren’t complaining. They were excited about the number of sales. Everyone that participated had nothing but wonderful things to say about the staff, the food and even the wait time with such a large number of people.
My wife came home yesterday and said, “The police had to go to Chick-fil-A.” I was worried that people had started getting angry with the long lines and their had been an incident. Nope. There were just so many people driving to this Chick-fil-A, which is in a bad traffic location anyway, that the police were on scene to direct traffic.
I believe you can draw a direct contrast between this and another popular movement, Occupy Wall Street. There were numerous conflicts with police, harassing individuals, reports of rape on site, members filing complaints against one another. It was not a simple peaceful protest.
This is a positive thing. People decided to do something positive with an issue. They didn’t protest a funeral or yell at anyone. No one ever declared that a group of people should be locked in a fence. It was, on the whole, an entirely positive display of support. Christians should do more of that and less complaining of the negative things in culture.
The Christian balance between truth and love is a difficult thing. Those two concepts are not enemies. They co-exists perfectly together and were exemplified in the life of Christ.
I’ve seen people say that Jesus never condemned homosexuals. True, but the Bible never records Him speaking with any who would identify themselves that way. When He was confronted with actions and attitudes that the Bible deems sinful, He never wavered from that. In fact, He made the standard even tougher.
While He refused to participate in the stoning of the women caught in adultery, He also told her to “go and sin no more.” He offered forgiveness, but a change in behavior was implied. True acceptance of forgiveness will result in a changed life.
That goes for homosexuals and heterosexuals and therein lies the danger of things like Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and why I wrote my original post.
Christians that do not struggle with homosexuality can go buy a chicken and feel as if they have done their part. Meanwhile, they go home and watch pornography or yell at their kids. They can say they have support marriage, all the while they never show sacrificial, biblical love to their spouse.
Eating waffle fries can never be a substitute for living life as a true disciple of Christ. I cannot choose to ignore God in one area of my life because I “made up for it” by eating at Chick-fil-A.
Previously, I may have been too harsh on the Chick-fil-A support movement as a whole, but I will not apologize for encouraging all of us Christians to go beyond doing the easy things.
The true measure of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, along standing for traditional marriage and free speech, will not be felt immediately and will not be seen in sales numbers. We will see them in how healthy our marriages are and whether or not we will support freedom of speech for those with whom we disagree.
Maybe, as much love as possible was shown on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, but there is much more love to be shown from here on out.
Support biblical values by eating a chicken sandwich, but more importantly and frequently by loving your spouse and loving those who believe you hate them.