Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Why I Support Chick-fil-a

As the talking heads everywhere give their two cents on the big Chick-fil-a controversy today, I have really been thinking hard about what to say and not to say about this issue.  At first, I thought that  maybe I shouldn’t blog about something that might be so polarizing.  But, at the end of the day, this issue involves two things that I am extremely passionate about: (1) standing up for what the Bible says is true and right, and (2) religious freedom.   

As a Christian, I agree with Mr. Cathy’s view of marriage.  Marriage is between a man and a woman.  Period.  The Bible is explicitly clear about this.  I see no wiggle room whatsoever in the Biblical definition of marriage as God created and intended it.  Biblically, homosexuality is a perversion of what God intended.  God created sex to exist in the confines of marriage, and anything outside of that is a sin (i.e. adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, etc.).  Just as God created marriage and sex, he also gave us free will.  Unfortunately, that free will is what causes so many of us to miss out on God’s best for our lives while we charge ahead thinking we know best.  We don’t. 

Without a doubt, God loves us all as His children, but God hates sin.  Far too often I see or hear people respond to any issue like this one with “God loves everyone, God is love, God loves you no matter what, etc.”  And YES, this is true.  God does love us all, but God’s love doesn’t mean he excuses our sinful behavior or ever condones it.  He loves us because he created us and he wants us to know Him and know His love and share His love with the world.  However, the way we share His love is NOT by backing down from His word.  Sharing God’s love does not mean accepting behavior that we know is wrong or leading people to think that God approves of any type of sin.  Sharing God’s love means having the courage to speak the truth, but speaking the truth with love.          

Now, switching gears a bit, as a proponent of small government, I am in favor of FREE enterprise and capitalism.  It is absurd that mayors of large cities such as Chicago and Boston would even suggest that they have power to hinder or stop a business from operating in their city because they disagree with the view of the Christian CEO.  What is going to happen when they disagree with the views of a church (as I am sure they do)?  

And honestly, if anyone ever stopped and thought about what the CEO of Chick-fil-a would have to say about marriage, couldn’t they probably have predicted his opinion?  Chick-fil-a is often referred to as “Christian Chicken,” they are closed on Sundays, and have always been known as a Christian company as far as I know.  What did people truly expect him to say in response to the question asked?

It almost goes without saying that there is a Constitutional issue in the mix here too.  So many people throw around the First Amendment to the point of almost cheapening it, but in reality, the First Amendment is the literal first amendment listed for a reason.  Religious freedom and freedom of speech are two of most defining characteristics of America.  It is terrifying to think of a day when those freedoms might be limited. 

I am thankful to live in a country that allows all people to have an opinion and to voice it.  I am also thankful that there are people in this world who will take a stand for what the Bible says and who don’t back down from Biblical truth.  I am certain that every CEO of every business I support financially does not have the same views or values as I do.  Today, it was nice to support one that does. 

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