You have to give Americans some credit. When we want to make a point, we tend to do so with overkill. Christians, conservative Americans, and unfortunate travelers who just wanted some waffle fries, braved huge lines yesterday at Chick-fil-A restaurants all over the country yesterday. Numerous friends reported that there were 2-3 hour lines at all of the restaurants they saw and one reported running out of food.
Well, we certainly helped out my favorite fast food restaurant’s profits yesterday, but what else did we do? I appreciate the rightful responses of Christians who were very protective of one of their own for sharing their beliefs in an interview. The person happened to be Dan Cathy the CEO of Chick-fil-A. His comments were immediately vilified and Cathy was turned into persona non grata.
We live in a country of free speech. The response by many in the media, and politicians, such as the mayor of Boston and some of those in Chicago who essentially threatened economic retribution against Cathy and his company, were ridiculous. Their intolerance for his opinions that they view as intolerant is hypocritical to an extreme. With that said I understand why this became such a touchstone for so many Christians.
But what do we think we accomplished yesterday? The war for marriage, I have stated numerous times, is not a war about homosexuality. the GLBQT community is not the enemy of the church. We aren’t at war against them. The fight for same sex partners to gain the right to marry isn’t destroying marriage in our country. Marriage is already broken. Whether or not we allow same sex marriages in our country isn’t going to fix or damage the institution. We have already broken the institution of marriage. We did it by ourselves, within heterosexual marriages, and quite sadly, within a vast multitude of Christian marriages. We have already lost the battle for marriage and we don’t even realize it.
We have turned marriage into a lightly entered consumer relationship whose purpose is to make us as individuals happy. So long as it does that, we stay in it. When we aren’t happy we move on. We have lost the gospel centered nature of marriage. We have given our souls over to love of money and stuff. We have removed Christ from the head of our marriages and the center of our relationships. We have turned being part of the church into simply another nice activity we add into our lives as we see convenient. This is our war. This is our battle. But we aren’t fighting it. Instead we are going to Chick-fil-A.
I am encouraged by so many people who want to take a stand to protect our freedom of speech in this country. But I am discouraged that once again so many hurting and broken people who have such a low opinion of the church, once again felt like the church turned their backs on them yesterday. In our efforts to show the media our strength we also added to the idea that it is Us vs. Them. We added to the ammunition of so many who think that the church doesn’t care about the homosexual community. We added strength to the accusations that we are self focused. We finally stood tall and made a stand and all we really did was go and eat fast food.
If we tried to organize one day across our country where all Christians didn’t go to a fast food restaurant and instead donated that money to fight world hunger how successful do you think we would be? If we tried to organize a nationwide event where we sought out a way to bless the community of those suffering with AIDS and serve them for a day, how many would respond?
We are fighting a battle, but we keep forgetting several key things. First, the Kingdom of God will prevail and it will prevail because Christ our Lord has already been exalted above all the powers of this world. Second, our battles are never fought according to the ways and rules of this world. Everything we do is done through the grace of God. Third, our victory comes through power displayed by sacrifice and mercy.
We stood up and did something yesterday, I am just still not sure what it was or what good it accomplished.