We Americans have a tendency to think it's going to be all noble and Joan of Arc-ish for us, marching bravely and grandly for The Cause, but it's not going to play out that way. It's going to play out with us being spat upon and mocked and reviled all the way, and this Chick-Fil-A skirmish should be a wake-up call for all Christians. Are we prepared for that kind of persecution? Settle it in your heart today, now, where your heart allegiance lies: is it with God? or with the world, and being loved by the world?
Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A and son of Chick-Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, was recently under fire for taking a strong public stance against same sex marriage. Said Cathy in several interviews:
"We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition
of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led
business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for
that...we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the
Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on
biblical principles." (online source)
"I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our
fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a
marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a
prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to try to
redefine what marriage is about." (online source)
I've always had somewhat mixed feelings about Chick-Fil-A because I have generally
perceived them to be more culturally Christian and moralistic than
authentically Christian. But the answer that Dan Cathy gave in "that"
interview was the biblical answer (God defines marriage, not man), as opposed to the watered-down, and Godless, moralistic answer (same sex marriage is bad for the culture, children, etc.), and it made me want to stand up and cheer (and
eat a chicken sandwich, too).
Slightly off topic, but I've often contemplated the idea that
there probably are some true, born again believers who just are very
culturally Christian in their appearance, and I've therefore wondered
what would happen for those true believers if they were really pressed
on a biblical issue, and there was no way out: what would they say? what
would they do? Well, Dan Cathy surprised me by actually giving the
biblical answer, not the moralistic answer. I was so surprised and
encouraged by what he said that I probably went a little overboard,
with posting CFA posters to my wall this past couple of weeks, such as this.....
So I'm hoping that all this controversy will be eye-opening for Dan Cathy, whom I've always perceived to be somewhat "culturally Christian"
(no more Confucius, please, CFA), and encourage him to do the hard thing, the culturally unacceptable thing, and continue to take the biblical stance on all things going forward. Now......who's craving some waffle fries?