Well, I am just now kind of catching up on the news. Was gone to PineyWoods Baptist Encampment with some of our children for a few days at the end of last week, having a great time worshipping, playing, and being challenged at KidsLifeKamp. And returning home, I found the Chick-Fil-A controversy on the headlines. Forgive me for my lateness…
I’m not shocked. I’m not even a little surprised. Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A have been unwaveringly Christian since day one. While media outlets across our divided nation rip him apart and LGBT supporters blockade, protest, and boycott, I am glad to see people like Mike Huckabee and many of my fellow pastors supporting him and his business even more than usual.
What’s so interesting is the response of people like the Mayor of Boston Tom Menino, Chicago Council Member Joe Moreno, and the Jim Henson Company. Cathy didn’t vow to actively protest against same-sex marriage. He didn’t even condemn those companies who donate to pro-same-sex-marriage foundations. He simply refused to donate charitable funds to such a foundation, and then explained why by openly acknowledging his commitment to the biblical view of marriage.
Mayor Menino’s reaction in particular is quite telling: “You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion.” But Chick-Fil-A does NOT discriminate against a population. They gladly serve anyone and everyone who would walk through their doors. So what the Mayor is saying is that any business whose president does not agree with his personal view of morality is not welcome in the city. Read this carefully… Mayor Menino is equating personal biblical conviction with active discrimination. Do you get that? It doesn’t matter that Chick-Fil-A will gladly serve homosexuals who want to eat in their restaurant. Chick-Fil-A also must conform its beliefs and convictions to agree with the leftist agenda in order to be non-discriminatory. Apparently, “inclusion” does not just mean that everyone is welcomed and “included.” It also means, according to the Mayor, that you must personally and publicly agree that homosexual behavior and lifestyle is morally acceptable. I’ve heard of “hate-speech” and “hate-crimes,” but this is a new development really… “Hate-Thought.“
Joe Morino – same thing. Morino, on the City Council of Chicago, is vowing to “block” Chick-Fil-A from building a second store in his area simply because Dan Cathy holds a biblical view of marriage. What’s really happening here is that Chick-Fil-A is being discriminated against because of its president’s beliefs. Again, Chick-Fil-A is not actively discriminating against anyone. Cathy simply voiced his conviction. Menino and Morino, on the other hand, are great examples of discrimination against a person/company on the sole basis of their personal convictions.
The point of this blog?… It’s not going to get easier. In fact, if we continue down the same path we are now traveling as a nation, all biblical Christians will be considered guilty of this kind of “hate-thought” before we know it. The truth is, Christians love homosexuals. We honestly believe that their personal choices (to act on their sinful desire) are detrimental to their personal and spiritual well-being. The message of Christianity is not, “We hate you and will discriminate against you.” It is “We love you and want you to know the deliverance and freedom that comes by making Jesus the Lord of your life.” It is the same message to homosexuals that we speak to adulterers, thieves, liars, blasphemers, atheists, agnostics, other world religions, and even to ourselves when we are living apart from Christ.
If we have within us the answer to the most significant need of sinful mankind, then to NOT speak the truth would be an expression of hate. Believing the truth and speaking the truth have never been easy or popular. But if we honestly love all those who God made in His image, we will address sin as sin and proclaim difficult Truth that has the power to change lives and secure eternity for all who believe. Dan Cathy and his business are being discriminated against because of their convictions. Why should we be surprised?…
“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.” -Luke 6:23.
“If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” -1 Peter 4:14.
Grace and Peace,