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?
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.