Unless you have been living in your basement on a steady diet of government cheese, you are fully aware of the food fiasco that has been going on in recent months. First, Oreo released their gay pride Oreo. Nabisco came out of the pantry and gave their support to the homosexual community. This sparked a great deal of discussion for a while and eventually died down. Just when the waters had calmed, CEO of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy, expressed his personal support for the traditional view of marriage. It was the shot heard around the culinary world.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “Not more about Chick-Fil-A. Do we really need one more person writing a post about it? Can’t we let this sleeping dog lie? Do we need one more voice adding to the noise?” I promise, I had no intention of addressing this. I didn’t want to do it. Yet, as I sit and watch all the controversy surrounding this debacle, based on a personal belief expressed by an individual, and the salvos fired from both sides of the fence, I felt the need to weigh in.
First, let me speak to the homosexual community. Let me remind you that some people are filled with hate, and they attach the word “Christian” to the venomous words they spew. Let me remind you that hate was never promoted by Jesus Christ. So, for every person or “Christian” that promotes hate and attacks you as a person, I apologize. Please remember to separate who God is from the people that claim to (and sometimes do) follow Him.
I also want to point out that Dan Cathy did not say anything that promotes hate. He gave his personal beliefs about what constitutes a marriage. He did not say he looks down on anyone. He did not say certain people groups should be discriminated against. His company hires people from all stripes of life. I share the same belief as Mr. Cathy. I believe that homosexuality is an aberration of sexuality, but this is where many Christians tend to stop. They fail to mention that the Bible also views sex outside of marriage, adultery, pornography and lust as sins as well. Christians do a great job of condemning homosexual lust and minimizing heterosexual lust. Last time I checked God says both are sinful. As a Christian, I can no more justify homosexuality than I can my proclivity to lust after a woman or step outside the bounds of my marriage.
Recently someone made the statement, “Do you seriously believe God will judge someone for loving a person of the same sex, but will not judge you for hating someone you have never met?” Let me say that God never judges anyone for loving, but we will answer to God for how we handle His commandments, both the heterosexual and the homosexual. If we desacralize sexuality, every one of us will be judged according to what God says. God will also judge us for hating others because we are commanded to love as He loves. In fact, the Bible tells us that God is love, so we too should exemplify love.
A big question we need to consider is, can it be possible to disagree with someone and still love them? Absolutely! People disagree with me on certain things and by all outward appearances they still love me. Just because I disagree with someone or something does not mean I hate them, or that I would even like to hate them.
What about Jesus? What was His example? Actually, Jesus was a friend to sinners. Jesus spent a lot of time around people that were not Christians. Jesus was also not shy about speaking truth. He didn’t even make the truth politically correct or sugar coat it, but sinners loved to be around Him. How interesting that is! Jesus spoke out against prostitution, but he loved the prostitute. He spoke against lying, but he loved the liar. He taught against adultery, but he loved the adulterer.
You see, Jesus spoke the truth, but he always did it with love. This is extremely important to notice. Truth without love is abrasive and condemning. Love without truth is not really love at all, it is merely flattery. Love and truth most coexist, or they become useless. So, we can see from Jesus that it is possible to disagree with someone or something and still love others and affirm their value as people who bear the image of God.
I think it is extremely interesting that so many Christians went to Chic-Fil-A on August 1st to show their support of Dan Cathy and the company. Do I think it was right or wrong to do so? I say that all depends on the motive behind it. I like Chic-Fil-A. They have great food and I support the pro-family values of the company. I see no fault in the statement Mr. Cathy made, and I will continue eating chicken sandwiches by the sackload. Those that wanted the company to know they support them in the middle of this ongoing debacle, I say great. Yet, there could have very well been some people that wanted to press a point of “We’re Christians and we think we are better than homosexual people.” If the motivation to support Chic-Fil-A was out of love, then thumbs up, but if it was out of hate, two thumbs way down.
The sad thing is, millions of Christians will wait in long lines to buy chicken, but where are these same Christians when it comes to serving others and being salt and light? I think maybe the world looks on at us taking a stand against homosexuality (by eating chicken oddly enough), but they don’t see us in such great magnitude taking a stand in feeding the poor, helping others, or having the same concern for people that Christ did.
It really boils down to this for those of us that identify ourselves as followers of Christ. Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Are we loving people? Is our motivation always love? Are we buying chicken sandwiches to show people that we are right, or are we in the trenches spreading the love of Christ?
Let’s make sure that before the world around us notices anything else, they see our love shining first. We might be surprised how many more people would listen to the message of Christ if we presented the Gospel in the same way that Christ did, by loving first and then speaking the words of truth according to God.
Walk good. Live wise. Be blessed.
Weigh in! What are your thoughts?