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July 25, 2012

Chick-fil-a and Gay Marriage

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Written by: Joe Christian
Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, nay: but rather division: for from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. (KJV, Luke 12.51-52)

At present, there is nothing hotter on the Google search engine than the controversy between Chick-fil-a and gay marriage. Shortly after Chick-fil-a President Dan Cathy reaffirmed the company’s stance on traditional family values with a resounding “guilty as charged” declaration, the emotional coastal twisters began to rumble with slanderous assaults and boycott assertions, the likes of which haven’t been seen since New Year’s Eve.

The aggression took many forms from the top to the bottom of political and celebrity rosters. According to an article written by Michelle Malkin, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was quoted as saying, “Chick-fil-a doesn’t belong in Boston,” and even went so far as to say, “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies.”

Whoa there, Mayor Menino – that’s sounding a touch like religious discrimination. I’m pretty sure the government isn’t allowed to do that. But that’s not stopping other so-called “proper politicians” from bearing their teeth with regard to the traditional family stance of the national fast food chain. Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno was quoted in a Chicago Tribune article as saying, “Because of this man’s [Cathy’s] ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward.”

In the same article, the Alderman’s stance was later followed up by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel stating, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values…They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it [the restaurant] would be empty.”

I’m pretty sure Chick-fil-a doesn’t refuse service to homosexuals. Though to hear the rhetoric you would think they not only stop them at the door, but throw chicken bits at them as they’re fleeing into the night.

I seem to remember a sign that used to go up in a few restaurants, and I believe you can still find them from time to time. The sign read: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” And there was another one that read “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Apparently it’s ok to discriminate against no one in particular, or possibly everyone if you feel like it, but if you start getting specific, well…don’t go to Chicago or anywhere near Boston’s “Freedom Trail.”

Even the Muppets got into the act on Friday when The Jim Henson Company notified the chicken-cookers that they “do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors.” Currently Jim Henson’s “Creature Shop” toys can be found in Chick-fil-a kids’ meals.

The frothy-mouthed anti-chicken fever finally reached such a pitch that Fox talk show host Mike Huckabee declared August 1st as “Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day.” His statement was plain and to the point:

The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1. 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.

The Huffington Post article goes onto to report that, “State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Texas) and the group Concerned Women for America have promoted the event, which is not affiliated with Chick-fil-A. So far, more than 80,000 people have signed up to participate…”

So a few thoughts:

Is it the right of a company to stand on its values?

Is it right for a community to keep a business out for its values?

What can we as Christians do in a situation like this?

In my own opinion, I would say yes, a company has every right to have values, and yes, I believe a community should be able to keep a business out if it has conflicting values. So what can we as Christians do about it?

We can endorse and support the actions of the communities of Boston and Chicago, without endorsing their beliefs. If we want to possess the same rights, we have to support those same rights in others. But here, in my opinion, is the difference between secular communities and Christian communities: secular communities will stand up and say “get out!” Yet many Christian communities will not only allow companies whose values we disagree with stay in our communities, but we will even continue to shop at Starbucks and Home Depot (who both financially, and politically support values contrary to Christianity), as well as Target who takes equal stances on similar issues and no longer allows their employees to say “Merry Christmas.”

Perhaps instead of getting enraged at these politicians, we need to take a page from their playbook and start manicuring our communities to match our values. Do we have the conviction of our adversaries? Will we go out in droves to Chick-fil-a in support of their stance on August 1st? Will we deny ourselves the sweet nectar of Starbucks products in defense of our values? Are we willing to create divisions in the name of Christ?

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (KJV, Matt. 10.34)

Chick-fil-a has picked up their sword. What will we do?

Curiously enough, no gay cows have come forward to support the boycott.

I’m not saying what you should stand up for. What I’m saying is people should stand up for what they believe in, and we as Christians should support people’s right to take a stand, because it’s a right we don’t want to lose ourselves.

There’s only one viable conclusion I can see at this point: eat more chicken.


In Pursuit of Conviction,

The Informed Servant


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About the Author

Joe Christian
Joe Christian is a student of God's Word. He has no formal education, but has spent the better part of 20 years studying The Bible by following subject and object, and studying the original languages of the Scriptures. You can too.



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