[UPDATE 8/8/12: I responded to some of the questions I had about this blog. Read my reply here.]
This will tick some people off. And if there’s anything we’ve learned this week, it’s that you don’t want to tick off Christians.
Those of you close-minded enough to not realize that my blog is a place for my opinions, I frankly don’t care if you don’t read another line. I know that a lot of my “church friends” are going to read this and wonder what the heck is wrong with me. I contemplated not writing about this, but you can’t change the world if you just shut up. So here goes.
I am a Christian, in that:
– I believe I am a sinner.
– I believe in Jesus, who was God in human form. I believe he died on that cross and took away my sins when I put my faith in Him.
– I believe that through that, I have eternity in Heaven.
But I write this with no less than tears in my eyes. Why? Because I’ve never felt more alone and confused in relation to my faith… or at least the people involved in it… than I do right now.
Dan Cathy. You are a hero. The way you stood, uncompromisable, in direct line of fire from an unsaved world and stood up for Biblical values for both yourself and your company is nothing short of incredible. I gained a whole new respect for you. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the edge to wear off.
I went into Chick-Fil-A in Prattville AL today (Friday, 2 days after CFA App. Day). Mainly, I just wanted a Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Waffle Fries, and a Lemonade… anyway, I went into Chick-Fil-A, despite the fact that the drive-thru spiraled around the building and out into the street. As I walked in, I was not greeted to the gentleness and hospitality we are commanded of in the Bible. No… I was greeted with sneers. As I was in there, four words that I wanted to shout formed on my tongue. “YOU ARE ALL HYPOCRITES!” I am still trying to decide whether or not I should have yelled that, then walked out. I didn’t yell those words, but I DID walk out.
Look. Wednesday, I saw the passion in your eyes. You went to Chick-Fil-A like you own the place. But you know what this was? This was a protest. Non-Christians insulted you, and you wouldn’t have any of that. So you took hold of the only thing you had available. Chick-Fil-A’s valiant stand for Christ. Left alone, this might have really gotten the attention of a lost world, and given people reason to believe that not all Christians are hateful and close-minded, but merely people with strongly held beliefs.
But right now… the world considers us hateful, close-minded jerks. And I don’t blame them one bit. This protest did not prove a thing! Let me prove it by asking these questions.
1. Where is the love and hospitality we were commanded by Jesus? The second greatest command in the Bible is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Our neighbors aren’t always Christians, and we DID NOT love them this week. AT ALL.
2, How were we being the salt of the earth and the light of the world? By condemning homosexuality, we were being the same thing the world was being when they condemned our intolerance.
3. Here’s the kicker. Name one person who came to know the Lord from our little fit we pitched this week at Chick-Fil-A.
We only did one thing. We proved that 300 years of Christianity thriving in America has made us spoiled. The Bible says we WILL BE criticized and persecuted. Do you know what every Biblical hero did when persecuted about their faith and beliefs? Took it. They never crusaded, but they fought back stronger with love.
You want to make a stand, Christians? You want to be passionate? Do it in love! Go spend that money giving food to the hungry. Go take care of the sick and the homeless. Go make friends with that person at school who has no friends, or that person at work who has different beliefs that you. Just be a person who has nothing to prove but that you love others. BUT DON’T TELL ME THAT WE ARE BEING CHRISTIANS BY GETTING TOGETHER AT CHICK-FIL-A AND HATING HOMOSEXUALS. We don’t have to agree with people to love them.
Please, guys. I beg of you. I don’t want to live in a world where I tell someone I’m a Christian, and they hate me for it. This kind of stuff destroys our name. We have GOT to be better than this. Next time, instead of protesting by going to Chick-Fil-A, let’s protest by building communities, helping the less fortunate, giving to missions, or just being kind.
We can do this…