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One More Question about CFA

To all of those who read my last post, Thank you for stopping by. I really enjoyed all of the discussions that came out of it. I learned so much from these interactions. I am going to try to share with you what I learned, saving the most important for the end… so hang with me.

1. It doesn’t take much to start a debate. (no explanation needed.)

2. It’s good to question good things. Questioning good things doesn’t mean you are knocking them. However, when you question things, people tend to think you are against those things. (Just because I questioned CFA  does NOT mean I am against them or the ideals behind the whole thing.)

3. If a person or group of people see hate all around them, they tend to think anything that is said about them that does not line up with their thinking is a form of hate. This is human nature and they way we protect ourselves. (This is what makes me so sad. All of the stories I’ve heard about Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day were how nice the people were at the stores and in line. They were standing up for their beliefs about family values and freedom of speech. I didn’t hear any of them talk about hate. On the other hand, people were accusing them of being hateful and saying hateful things about CFA and the people who ate there. There is a double standard here.)

4. I learned that CFA already spends millions on protecting and advocating for the family. I knew they were a company that stood behind good values – and I’m talking about the value menu – and were pro-family, but I did not realize how much they already donated and gave. Good job! Keep it up Chick-Fil-A!  (I’m eating crow on this one… or is that chicken?)

5. People really do just want acceptance and love. In all of the communication (through personal conversations, facebook posts, and private messages) one hit me hard.

Thank you for saying that Jesus wants to sit and eat with me.

THAT is what my last post was about. Love – what I think Jesus would have done.

In case you missed it somewhere, I want to be completely clear:

  • I support Chick-Fil-A.
  • I support all who ate there on Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
  • I support Freedom of Speech and feels like it needs to protected.
  • I support the traditional view of the family and want it protected.
  • I will vote to keep these things intact.
  • I also support showing love and ending hate, we can all sit together even if we disagree.

So, my question this time to all who ate at Chick-Fil-A:

You showed your support for family values and freedom of speech, now will you go out and VOTE for what you supported?

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Would Jesus have eaten at Chick-Fil-A?

Now that I’ve had time to think about all that the whole Chic-Fil-A thing encompasses, honestly, I’m conflicted. 

On one hand, I’m proud of all the people who stood in line and purchased Chic-Fil-A in order to support the traditional values of family. We need to stand up for family values. I do applaud that.

On the other hand, a large group of people felt alienated and unloved.

So I had to ask myself, “Would Jesus have eaten at CFA?”

This verse keeps coming to mind:

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Matthew 5:43-47

It’s easy to go one of our favorite hang outs on a specific day and indulge in fast food in the name of all that is good. But is that love? What is the reward?

What if Mike Huckabee asked us to something a little more difficult? If we were asked to sit with someone who does not value family as we do, share the meal with them and show them love, would there be lines wrapped around the building?

That is my challenge to you:

The next time you encounter someone who does not hold traditional beliefs like you do, love them. Yes, even if they are openly gay. That is when the battle for family will be won.

Build bridges. Don’t burn them.

One last thing: Chick-Fil-A, what are you going to do with the profit you made? Bottom line, we made someone rich yesterday. I can think of a ton of things we could have done with that money to make an eternal difference or support family values that don’t involve in indulging in fried food.

It’s all about love and I think we kinda forgot that. Would Jesus have eaten at Chick-Fil-A? I think he would have, but his table would’ve been filled with gay people.

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