Chick Fil A is anti-gay marriage! (In case you haven’t heard.)
As usual, Facebook has alerted me to what’s hot in the news. Being a Christian with lots of Jesus-lovin’ friends, my newsfeed flooded this week in support of Chick-Fil-A. In an attempt to figure out what on earth had inspired such a rallying for eating more chicken I did a quick Googling.
Apparently the President of Chick-Fil-A shared his feelings about gay marriage quite freely in the media recently, saying such things as:
“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…”
“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…”
Ironically, he also said the organization’s corporate purpose is: to “glorify God and be a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and have a positive influence on all that come in contact with Chick-fil-A”.
Somehow, I think they missed a demographic.
My only questions is – why? Why bother to take a stance on this, as a business? If that’s how you feel, share it with your Sunday School class, not your consumer. A lot of people seem to think he’s quite noble or brave to take a stand on this issue of “integrity”. I think his stance is unnecessary – at best.
Do you know what I want from the Chick Fil A President?
I want a classic chicken sandwich with mayonnaise, a large waffle fry dipped in Chick-Fil-A sauce, and a Dr. Pepper.
I’m just saying. Your business, Chick-Fil-A, is to sell chicken fried in peanut oil. Stick with that.
Brace yourself; Not everyone is going to agree with me on this but I think the way Christians fixate on gay marriage is unnecessary. It’s just one issue. It’s not the biggest issue. There are so many other Biblical stances that you could preach about in regards to marriage.
How about divorce? No company that I know of bothers to take a hard stance for or against divorce. Why not? I mean, we don’t think it’s God’s original plan for society. And it causes a lot more pain and devastation to the “family unit” than gay marriage does.
Why don’t we use our unrelated business to share that we feel we’re inviting God’s judgement when husband’s “shake their fists at God” by not honoring and respecting their wives and we believe it’s hindering the prayers of our nation. (1 Peter 3:7) Seems like a logical argument to me.
I’m not saying that the Chick Fil A President is not welcome to his opinion or that he should be forced to endorse something he doesn’t believe in. There’s really a much deeper issue here. With great power comes great responsibility. If we truly want to live and reflect Christ, we need to be careful of the issues we “take a stand” on – especially if that opinion could alienate, hurt, or offend millions of people – and ultimately turn them off to the grace that is open to them.
I believe that obesity is a serious sin that affects vastly more American families than gay marriage. But I’m not going to take a quasi-offensive stand for “traditional healthy weight”. Perhaps, instead, I should invest myself in bridging avenues of love and support. It’s just an idea.
Do you think people with large platforms should address issues that could easily get bogged down in doing more harm than good?
Further Reading: What Would Jesus Boycott
Note: I think the President of Chick Fil A is probably a great guy, and I’ve always had great experiences at his restaurants. I also don’t support the boycott against Chick Fil A because I think boycotts are dumb all around. This post has been edited to make my intentions more clear.