I plan to join you all to eat at Chick-Fil-A this Wednesday, August 1st, to show my support of the man at the top of the company, ninety-one-year-old Truett Cathey. Recently he said he supports the Biblical definition of marriage. The community of folks opposed to the Bible’s “narrow” views became incensed that a man would have the audacity to agree with God in this “enlightened” age. Forgive the sarcasm there, but that’s the gist of it. So, a call to boycott the restaurant on August 1 has rung out across the land. In response, radio personality Mike Huckabee (and others), issued a call to “buy-cott” on the same day to show support and appreciation for Mr. Cathey’s stand for truth. I’m with Huck!
On the other hand, a recent article on The Christian Chronicle website by Bobby Ross Jr. quoted a blogger’s disagreement with us. The blogger said, “Chick-fil-A-Gate has reminded me how easily we Christians can get our knickers in a twist. When something doesn’t go our way (and why should things ever go our way in a world that largely does not share our faith and values?) we tend to get just as “loud and proud” as the next “victimized” group... We whine, cry foul, and vehemently insist on our rights, all at the expense of gutting our witness as followers of Christ.”
There have been times when things have come up in which I would have agreed with the blogger, but in this case I think he misses the mark. This isn’t a political decision Christians are demonstrating about. It’s not the world’s rejection of gospel truth that’s got out “knickers in a twist.” Mr. Cathey spoke his mind to a Baptist Newspaper, and those who would support that which God calls an abomination decided to boycott his restaurant because they cannot allow the man the freedom to hold to his own beliefs! I’m not sure how Christians can avoid “gutting our witness” with those determined to support what the Bible calls blatant sin. Do we pretend things are right when they’re wrong so that people will think we’re for what we’re against? There’s no way to trick folks into loving Jesus, and standing for truth will only turn off those who’ve seared their consciences with evil. I think we should eat chicken Wednesday, and I hope to see you there!