Dear Chick-Fil-A, I Just Want To Eat More Chicken.

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…”

and

“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.

 

That’s it.

 

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

-Jessica

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.

Comments

  1. Almost didn’t read this, because I am SO SICK of hearing about Chick Fil A. Like, ready to stick my pen in my eye sick of it. But I did, and for whatever it’s worth, I agree with you. :)
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    • Jen, same here! But I knew that Jessica would have something great to say & different from everyone else! Thanks for being spot on!
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    • Loved your post…totally agree! I was sooooo sick of hearing about it and seeing all these judgemental posts from people that call themselves Christians and apparently think they are better than others. When there were new stories about the lines that went all the way around the restaurants with Christians waiting to support Chick-fil-a, I thought “Hmmm, I don’t see them lined up outside the homeless shelter to help out and that is something Jesus actually wants people to do.” It was ridiculous. The IC can be so judgemental about gays, but all sins are equal and they aren’t perfect. No one is making laws to make sure they respect their Mother and Father, nor should they. The US Constitution does not grant the federal gov’t the power to define marriage…end of story. Great article. I enjoyed it, as I do all of your articles :).

  2. AMEN! Love it!
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  3. Dave Vander Laan says:

    Howdy Jessica

    I almost didn’t rad this post, either. The email was open but my computer was using virtual memory so things were s-l-o-w. I needed to close out some of the 25 open emails. So I thought I’d read you post.

    Hmmm. I wonder if perhaps you have been following the media instead of the actual interview with Mr. Cathy?

    Here’s a post that explains things as well as I’ve seen them explained:
    http://www.getreligion.org/2012/07/wheres-the-beef-what-the-chick-fil-a-boss-really-said/

    Grace and peace,
    Dave

    • Thank you for saying it before I could :-) Not that I particularly care how the guy that runs the chicken chain feels about gay marriage (or anything else, to be perfectly honest as long as my chicken is tasty and his employees aren’t doing unspeakable things to it before giving it to me) but if we’re going to get all outraged about his opinions, let’s get them right. Chick-Fil-A spends money on “Christian marriage” foundations and such because they feel that it benefits their employees to do so. They’re big fans of a lot of Christian stances like not dragging employees in to make chicken on Sundays so that that time can be spent with family or God or both. And in an interview with a RELIGIOUS publication, Dan Cathy talked about HIS religious views (the “shaking our fist at God” quote) and how those views inform how he runs a major corporation (the “supportive of the Biblical family unit” quote – because Chick-Fil-A offers many employee benefits that “support the Biblical family unit” as much because they feel that those things foster a better and more productive work environment as because Dan Cathy is a Christian).

      Cathy never said a word about gay marriage. He’s not the one fixated on it…CNN is the one fixated on gay marriage. But, of course, once they turn it into a headline a million and one Christians are ready to get in line to drink the imaginary Flavor-Ade and reinforce CNN’s contention that “all Christians hate gays.”

      Basically an entirely non-story became headline news (again) and the American people divided up on the playground and drew a line in the sand and started yelling taunts (again). So…nothing new here.

      • Jessica says:

        I think that Chick Fil A is a great organization, as a whole. And I’m not going to stop eating there any time soon (actually, I am because I live in Canada now and there’s not one around. Lol)

        But I’m not sure how you can say that Cathy hasn’t said a word about gay marriage after reading the two quotes above. In the first he makes a clear distinction and in the second he directly addresses it. And that’s actually only part of the quote the end is …”and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.””

    • Jessica says:

      Everything but the second quote came directly from the original article. I only read the Christian publications of the interview.

  4. i agree with you. completely. im not sure why people are so worried about gay marriage when theres famine, thirst, disease and unsaved souls to think about. i just want a sandwich. if im hungry i dont care where you stand on gay marriage. i just want my sandwich.

  5. This is exactly how I feel about it! Thank you for sharing! I have a blog entry about this swirling around in my mind that I hope to write soon.
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  6. Betteanne says:

    I like what Mari wrote. Thank you. Clarity.

  7. Unfortunately, I’m not sure he had much of a choice. I think he was somewhat dragged into this arena because for the last six months people have been displaying their funding across the Internet. This thing had gained steam long before he made any comments as people were already calling for the boycott just because of the ministries Chick-fil-a supported financially. So it was really only a matter of time before they were forced to say something about it, in my opinion.

    Personally I think the whole brouhaha is silly and a stark example of double standards, but as long as I can still eat my chicken sandwich and waffle fries, I’m fine with it. :)
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    • Once they asked the question, he couldn’t win. Kind of like miss America. It’s not like he woke up one day and announced his beliefs to the world. He was asked. I bet that they already knew the answer.
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      • Exactly. It was sort of inevitable and, again, it shouldn’t come as a surprise given that they have never tried to hide who they are or their beliefs. The fact of the matter is Mr. Cathy has every right to feel how he does and has in no way discriminated against anyone. Discrimination is not sharing a different opinion.

        And I hate the term “anti-gay.” it’s biased and antagonistic at best. :)
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        • Jessica says:

          As I understand it, Chick Fil A, the company, has been in the news before for refusing to cater gay events.

          But I do understand that he was questioned in an interview and didn’t hold a press conference for no reason.

          • Yes, but it is their right to choose not to cater gay events if it goes against the principles they hold dear. Just as it is within Walt Disney World’s rights to host a Rainbow weekend specifically for the gay community. the difference is, Chick-fil-a’s stance is less popular so they catch more flack. But the fact of the matter is, at some point we have to be allowed to draw lines based on the world view that we hold dear. Tolerance isn’t bowing to the popular movement. This is, unfortunately, an issue with no middle ground.
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  8. Kristin says:

    I too believe that boycotts are dumb and this entire Chik-fil-A thing is blown waaaaaaaaaaaay out of proportion. I think that the mass reaction of Christians, though, is coming from the hypocrisy of the political arena, not the stance on gay marriage. See, if Chik-fil-A threw their hat into the political ring by supporting all sorts of liberal ideas–for example, by announcing that they would only employ homosexuals because they are a minority group–then the left wing would be racing to Chik-fil-A to eat as much chicken and fries as possible. But because the CEO said something that the militant liberal left didn’t like, all sorts of hoopla ensued. I believe it’s more the hypocrisy than the political statement. And ironically, where I live in NY there’s no Chik-fil-A to be found. I’ve never eaten it. :)

    • Jessica says:

      You’re probably right. Although I’m not the militant liberal and I didn’t like it. :)

      Also, that’s a little sad that you’ve never eaten it. I can assure you it is delicious. :)

  9. Sadly, this is the problem~ don’t mix business and religion. Really? What is wrong with Chick-Fil-A choosing where their money will go? Why are they not allowed to stand up for TRUTH? The Bible is clear about this particular issue and this is always the fdownfall of a nation. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah? Yeah, we are way worse they they were. The whole “separation of chuch and state” argument is grossly messed up. It was a letter from Thomas Jefferson stating that the government should stay out of church. Our nation was founded on godly principles…every part of our nation….businesses and all. Go for it, Chick-Fil-A!! If we had MORE businesses, leaders, people who were not scared to stand up for what God says is right, then our nation wouldn’t be in the mess it is. God has been pushed out of schools and business…hence the problems and lack of moral compass and double mindedness.

    • Jessica says:

      I think Chick Fil A should totally be able to choose where their money goes.

      I’m not sure that we are way worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. In no neighborhood that I’ve ever lived in would you be gang raped if you camped outside – or have neighbors beating on your door to rape your house guest. Just sayin. :)

      • They should be able to ~ and talk about standing on the truth.

        Really? Must not watch the news much. Evil/rape all over the place. And evil has a much easier way to enter the home through technology now.

        • Jessica says:

          Those types of evil have always, and will always, be around. That doesn’t make us comparable with Sodom and Gomorrah.

    • Julie Williams says:

      Amen Sara!

  10. I think a lot of people are thinking that he just made some random announcement. In fact, he answered a question that he was asked, It may have been less controversial and easier for business if he had said “no comment”. For some reason, he decided to answer the question honestly. I just want a chicken sandwich too, but I have to applaud any business this day that will make an honest stand for their beliefs (whatever they may be).

  11. I’ve just met you, and this may be crazy, but I LOVE YOU!!
    lol

    I absolutely agree – and as I was just telling my kids, I feel bad for those franchise owners who are paying a heavy price for the actions of the CEO.

    It’s also bringing out the nasty in a lot of people I’d otherwise call “friend”.

  12. The thing that offends me the most is that you would dare put mayonnaise anywhere near the blessed chicken sandwich.

    But seriously- I totally agree that this fixation on gay marriage is getting so out of hand. I will note that Cathy did mention divorce by way of saying they are all married to their “first wives.” I’m surprised more people haven’t talked about that- and I did appreciate that he mentioned that in light of the context of his conversation. I felt he was being consistent in his convictions, even if I didn’t agree with everything he said.

    I am thinking of having a shirt printed up to let people know when I go into the CFA it’s just for a stupid sandwich, not for the politics.
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  13. lisa lafko says:

    i believe that the guy was asked a question about the subject, and he answered it. i think it would be wrong for him to avoid the question or not give his opinion when asked. that does not imply that he does not or has not given his opinions freely all along . . . i dont really know. i think that the right of all of us, including business owners to state our opinions, goes straight to the heart of our freedoms. i liken it to some actors in hollywood whose politics me no likey, but i respect their right to be political. and i still watch their movies. i agree with you as well about the way christians fixate on gays/gay marriage. something about the subject drives some christians to behave in very unloving ways, indeed to be venomous sometimes . . .

  14. Do you considw your blog a business? And you voice your opinion

    • Jessica says:

      Yes, but not all businesses are created equally. For instance, if I was a business that produced LGBT materials, I would have every right to talk about my opinion on LGBT matters – it would be in context.

      My business is essentially – selling words, with a fair percentage of those words addressing issues that I think Christians need to improve on.

  15. Julie Williams says:

    God is very much a part of our business, always has been and always will be. I commend the Catheys for standing for righteousness. I can guarantee you if this was lets say Target..saying we support Gay Marriage..which they have.. everyone said.. oh isnt that wonderful.. Now what does target and gay marriage have anything to do wtih each other? tell me.. The point is We have Free Speech! I tell nearly every client that walks in my door( we are a granite business) that we are born again christians! I share my faith, my beliefs, my Jesus! It is what we are called to do, make disciples! hello! I have every right to do this. and if one of my clients doesnt like it,, well they can go some where else. In fact the name of my business is Eternal Rock, God gave me this name from Isaiah 26. I will shout it from the roof tops. Turn from your sin, whether that be lying, cheating, stealing, porn, gay or lesbian, murder, adultery…Turn and repent. Jesus is returning! If i wont tell them, who will ? We are His voice! We are His hands! He expects this of us! The Catheys are not refusing to serve anyone, nor am I. But people need to hear the truth, the gospel..unchanged.Period.

    • Jessica says:

      You’re right – I think it’s silly for business that “take a stand” for or against agendas.
      The way I understand it, Chick Fil A businesses have actually refused to cater to gay events in the past. Would there be a circumstance where you would refuse to serve a customer on moral grounds?

      • Julie Williams says:

        Oh absolutely ! And if i were them, i would have refused too. I have the right as a business owner to refuse to do business with anyone. In Florida, we also have the right to fire anyone..at will. We dont have to have an excuse to do it. I refused to hire someone with tattoos all over his face, neck, body etc.. If they had been hidden..no problem. but because we are in clients homes I want my employees to not look scary or menacing. Some might say..but Julie its just tattoos. .. They dont bother me personally, but i have to think of my clients and how we want to portray ourselves as a business. I told the young man why i could not hire him and wished him luck. I gave him a few competitors names to check out, as I knew they didnt care. I also dont hire smokers, drug users or alcoholics. I dont hire gays, I prefer my employees to be married and Christians. It makes for a peaceful work environment. The times we have hired non Christians, they didnt last long, as we also dont allow cussing and drinking at work. My business is my mission field. I encourage our employees to live in right standing with God. The contractors we work for are mostly beleivers, those who arent, know we are and treat us respectfully. They dont cuss in front of us and we share our faith with them.

        • Jessica says:

          I understand what you’re saying. But it makes me wonder, can your business be the most effective mission field it could be if you only surround yourself with people who are already Christians and look and think like you? (Not trying to be combative, just objective)

          • Julie Williams says:

            LIike i said in post above “we share our faith with them” We have many clients who are not Christians.I think if you were a business owner,
            you could understand our point of view more. It seems to me you are more concerned
            about not offending people than about standing for righteousness. ..just my opinion. There is an old saying..not sure who said it first but its worth repeating.
            “If you dont stand for something..you will fall for anything.”
            I support the Cathys support of traditional marriage on a public platform! God will bless them for it! !

          • Jessica says:

            I do not think that denying Christ is the issue. I also do not think Jesus requires us to speak up against as people tend to do. We are to be known by our love. Not for what we’re against – but what we’re for.

        • Jessica says:

          Okay, I understand what you’re saying. I do think the first principle of evangelism is not offending someone before you get a change to show them Christ’s love. If the initial encounter is offensive, their hearts are turned off. And I think you can stand for quite a few things without having to be verbose at the wrong times, if that makes sense.

          (Also, if you haven’t reread the post, please do. I edited it to make my heart more clear).

          • Julie Williams says:

            so what made this the wrong time for speaking the truth for Mr Cathy?
            I have to wonder how many “christians” deny Christ because they dont want to speak up for Him ?
            How many will take the mark of the beast because God forbid they say anything to offend someone.?
            How many will deny Him? and how many will be denied by God when He says.. I never knew you. ..?

    • Kim Cassanova says:

      Well said Julie WIlliams….exactly my heart and, I believe, the heat of the Father.

      • Julie Williams says:

        thanks Kim. Exactly the heart of the Father, is that all would repent and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. if they dont know what to repent from then we as His followers
        have not done our job. If the Pastors of the churches wont preach it, then we must! Whether
        we be business owners or stay at home Moms. We all have a responsibility to stand for righteousness.
        Its not always convenient, not always comfortable to be “the one” to speak out. But speak out we
        must. Jesus Christ did it all for us, He spoke out for us, for our sins, He laid it all down for us! And yet
        many are so concerned about not offending a non believer! As ministers of the Word of God
        we need to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. The comfortable are those in
        the church already, who have allowed sins back in their lives. Jesus is no longer their first love.
        They find every reason in the world to not talk to people about their faith and about a relationship
        with the one True God!

  16. Here’s the problem: Chick-fil-a is owned and operated by white Christian men who have a set of values that are under attack in this country. You see, Starbucks came out of the closet in March pronouncing their support for gay marriage. They got an “atta boy” from the media, and Christian groups announced a boycott, but the media quickly lost interest.

    Fast forward a few months, and Chick-fil-a is targeted as one of the only main-stream, national chains that publicly acknowledged its Christian stance on ALL things, including the whole not being open on Sundays thing (which I don’t understand why people get so upset about that– there are a million other artery-clogging options available on Sunday, sheesh!).

    This isn’t about gay marriage. This is about Judeo-Christian values and our freedom to exercise them. I agree that Mr. Cathy was set up here. The LGBT community loves a hunt, and they’ve had this Christian organization in their crosshairs for a while. They’ve monitored CFA’s charitable contributions (which is where this whole controversy began) and saw that CFA supports “anti-gay” organizations. ( http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/02/chick-fil-a-anti-gay-group-donations-_n_1644609.html )

    This is all about trying to put the screws to CFA and force them to succumb to pressure to condone the homosexual lifestyle. Homosexuality is sin. It’s no greater or worse a sin than any other sin, but it’s the only sin that is increasingly condoned and protected in our society. This is about Goliath trying to claim victory over David. This is about the LGBT community trying to legitimize their lifestyle. They get very little resistance because of the Sodom-like social pressures. I don’t see Mr. Cathy fighting the LGBT community. I don’t see him saying he doesn’t want gays in his stores. I don’t see him saying anything mean or hateful or intolerant toward gays. I see him saying, “The Bible says this isn’t what God intended.” And in the eyes of the LGBT community, that needs to be stopped.

    I’m not a boycotter. And I love coffee too much to boycott Starbucks, though I prefer to support little mom-n-pop coffee shops. And frankly, I’m not a fan of CFA’s food (with the obvious exception of waffle fries. Genius. Oh, and milk shakes. Now I’m hungry.) But I will support CFA for taking an unpopular, but righteous, stance. If I have time. You see, the CFAs in my area have been jam-packed and there are reports of them running out of food since this all went down. Tough consequences for those poor franchise owners to bear.

    • Jessica says:

      For me it’s about not unnecessarily offending people who Christ loves. Like you say, there are other issues of righteousness – say, obesity. But we don’t take a stand for the “traditional healthy weight” in a way that makes people who struggle with their weight feel bad about themselves.

      • The only problem there is obesity is not under attack – marriage is. Therefore, this is a topic that is going to be addressed, and should be addressed, more frequently – especially by Christians.
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        • Jessica says:

          Whether or not I agree with gay marriage – I just don’t feel like it attacks traditional marriage at all. And I don’t quite understand why so many others feel this way.

          • Personally, I don’t have a problem with gay couples being recognized by the state and offered the same legal rights as married couples. But I do not think that churches should be forced to recognize gay marriage, because it isn’t biblical. I think the fight is more for the definition of marriage than it is for the legal rights that marriage brings. Just my two cents. I don’t want marriage being redefined, but at what point does that stop? At what point do we draw an immovable boundry line?
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          • At any rate (and I’ll stop, promise) the issue here with Chick-fil-a is that they are being held to a double standard. If an organization chooses to donate to a fund that supports same-sex marriage (like Office Depot’s support of Gaga’s foundation) they are hailed as heroes, but if an organization chooses to support an organization that is fighting to maintain the sanctity of marriage, they are called bigots. Chick-fil-a has every right to support who they want to support without being forced to explain themselves.

            And no one has been discriminated against in the clightest. It’s the terminology of all this that bothers me the most. :)
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          • True that. Although I can’t for the life of me think of a story where Jesus offended the non-believers. (Might be one, just can’t come up with it right now). But boy did he rip those religious folds apart for not showing mercy!

        • Jessica says:

          I understand what you mean and I agree. I didn’t mention the double standard issue in the post, but I also think it’s silly. My point is slightly different. If I had to nutshell it I would say that with great power comes great responsibility – so yes, maybe he should have deferred the question – simply because it causes divisions and hurts more than it “stands for Christ”. Christ’s issue is that of grace and redemption – not specific bits of righteousness that we hold dear.

  17. With all due respect, I think your entire premise is based on a falsehood. Conservative Christians are not the ones yelling loudly about this; the pro-gay forces are. Two weeks ago, Kraft introduced a promo featuring a rainbow-colored Oreo, to show their support for gay marriage. Companies such as Home Depot, Office Depot, and many others have been upfront in their support of gay marriage. But when that happens, you don’t hear a lot of people protesting. But when one company’s CEO supports the opposite view, the internet explodes with contempt for his company. The fact that you wrote this blog post is evidence of this. If someone were to take up the effort to count the number of blog posts protesting Cathy’s comments, and compare that to the number of posts protesting the rainbow Oreo, the difference in sheer numbers would be a vast one.
    It isn’t the anti-gay folks who are focusing on same-sex marriage and making it into the issue it has been recently. It’s quite the opposite.

  18. You summed up much more eloquently what I was spluttering to Matt about the whole thing the other day. The exactly nails my own feelings about the whole darn thing.
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  19. *IF* (and that’s a big if, considering we get our info from strangers on the Internet with little credibility) Chick-fil-a has refused to cater to LGBT events, then yes, they would be in the wrong. But, for him to answer a question, honestly, about his stance on the matter? I don’t think he’s in the wrong. I commend him and anyone else who stands up for their beliefs for or against any cause , no matter how unpopular their beliefs may be. I would be more disappointed if people tiptoed around the questions that aren’t always easy to answer.

    • Jessica says:

      I think that our beliefs have to be prioritized. Jesus has a main message – love and grace for all that want it. He asked us to share this message. If we, even by accident, make a different issue of “righteousness” front and center, we run the risk of drowning out the gospel.

  20. I’m beginning to get a little tired of all the chaos over Chick-Fil-A coming from all angles and I totally agree with you. However, in his defense, he did realize his mistake, considering their statement http://www.facebook.com/ChickfilA/posts/10151226208515101
    I’m probably one of the most liberal Christians out there in terms of the political arena, but I don’t agree with what the CEO said, and I can easily sit back and say what I would have done if I were in his situation, but I believe the Christian community does NOT need to take this as an opportunity to condemn someone that we don’t even know, and feel like we can do it because we share the same faith. It’s like walking into a stranger’s home and drawing conclusions based upon what you see in picture frames, on their dvd shelf, and in their refrigerator. Even though it’s clear that no one of would have *ever* done anything like this, let’s not use this as an opportunity to tear anyone down, whether it be the flood of *liberals* or the CEO of a very conservatively driven company.

    • Jessica says:

      Hope it doesn’t across that I’m tearing Mr. Cathy down. It’s a valid example of a bigger issue I felt needed to be addressed. We need to be careful with our platforms and not let peripheral issues potentially hinder the gospel.

  21. Amen. Agree 100%. We need to look closer into why the media pulled this up. It isnt really about believing in gay marriage or not, rather a war on Christianity’s freedom.

  22. crystal says:

    I think in New Testament Christianity, there is no sacred/secular split. So there is NO mixing religion and politics, All we do is Holy unto the Lord. Whether or not you agree with him is your opinion. Not everyone wants our country’s freedoms taken over by agenda’s like gay rights. If you don’t like the constitution and someone standing up for they believe in, move to another country where they support what you’re in favor of.

  23. crystal says:

    P.S. As far as you saying, “If I had a business I wouldn’t use that platform to announce…” isn’t that what you do here?

  24. So…I’m off to the county fair and didn’t read through the rest of the comments from this morning so this may be redundant, but… I read last night and appreciated your edit.
    Here’s what I left ya on FB :)

    Here’s what I struggle with…
    (all this aside from the actual issues being hinted at, linked to, discussed within this controversy).

    I believe the owners of Chick-fil-a as a privately owned, family business have the right to honestly answer questions about the basis for their beliefs and how those guiding principles play out in their decision making. It is dangerous to start taking away those freedoms. (As you noted above, there is responsibility in their large, influential platform…but we could go in circles about how pretty much every person with an influencial platform uses it to promote something…some things I totally agree with and some things I completely oppose…but it should remain their right to use their personal, individual platform as they see fit). That said…there may be possible consequences or possible backlash or wide-spread support as a result of whatever they choose to promote.)

    So on the flip-side…consumers should have the right and freedom to not choose to go there if they DON’T agree with and want to fund in a round-about-way those views. And likewise…consumers should have the right and freedom to choose to go there if they DO want support that particular company’s views…or even because they just like their chicken.

    What I DO NOT agree with… is political figures using their positions to boycott a specific company. If a private group decides to rally behind a boycott…they should be free to do that. But if a publically elected person or publically funded organization doesn’t agree with Chick-fil-a’s values and they start making statements about how they won’t let Chick-fil-a in their city or area…(which has been happening) then I think we have MAJOR problems.

    Hope that made some sorta sense :)
    Off to eat cotton candy at the fair.
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  25. I like this. Sums up everything I think of about the subject. I will still go on Aug. 1st, but it’s only because I like chicken.

  26. I wonder what the rest of the world’s churches…you know…the underground ones…think about the Western Church when we get into a game of “chicken” (sorry…couldn’t resist) with the so-called “other side.”

    I wonder if they think…”Man, I’d just like to have the opportunity to EAT a chicken sandwich.”

    Speaking of, I ate my lunch at Panera Bread today. I have no idea what they stand for, but I’m quite sure there’s something somewhere that I don’t agree with. Yet I still managed to enjoy my Tomato Bisque and Baguette just fine.
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  27. Christie says:

    Thank you for this! I agree and I shared it with my friends that have been taking sides… :)

  28. Oh I so totally agree with you-Who cares?
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  29. If it wasn’t for you, I would have no idea what is going on in the world. :)
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  30. I was brought to this post via a friend’s blog. She agrees with you. I don’t. I just wanted to highlight a few points. Not to start an argument, but because I think we should think more about these things.

    1. We are first and foremost Christians. Our lives, our businesses, our families, our everything is no longer our own, but to be used by Him. Therefore I don’t think we should ever leave His truth in the Sunday School room.

    2. I believe his comment about them being married to their first wives was quite obviously addressing divorce.

    3. Sharing Biblical Truths is God glorifying and His Word is always a positive influence on those who hear it.
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    • I agree with your first point whole-heartedly. And I may have been unclear a bit, I don’t think we should leave the Gospel in our Sunday school classrooms – not at all. I do think we need to leave debates about specific points of righteousness out of the forefront (particularly when it’s an issue that you don’t even deal with personally- homosexuality in this case).

      I completely disagree with your 3rd point. Sharing Biblical truths do not always have a positive influence on those who heart it – other wise we’d have a lot more people in our churches. We need to be very careful not to let our personal soapboxes of righteousness get in the way of the Good News.

      I hope to write another post soon to clarify myself more. I think I may have done a poor job of explaining myself with this post, or come at the wrong angle.

      Thanks for your comment.

      • i know your heart, Jessica. i agree with you. i think it is ridiculous to take 1 fast food owner’s personal morals and use it to try to take a stand on a biblical issue. i pray people think this all the way thru – this is how i see it: “come on Christians! let’s all go eat at CFA on 8/1 and shun the rest of the world!” what good is that going to do? where does that get us? no where. i want to go into the world and tell the gospel in LOVE. there are more effective ways for spreading the good news of the gospel than taking our kids to eat fried chicken.
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  31. From my perspective, I’m thinking we could do with a lot less rhetoric on both sides. And a whole lot easier more love. Without tipping my hand regarding where I stand, my first responsibility as a Christian follower is to love as He loves. Because the same God that loves me loves Barney Frank, Dan Cathy, and Fred Phelps.

    What I’m not saying is that there isn’t issue–there is. What I am saying is that both sides of the cultural divide need to do a whole lot better job of approaching these differences with mutual respect. That’s my $.02.

  32. Dear Jessica…once again, thank you.

    When everything was going on about this, I was very supportive of ChickFilA, but not overly open about it. I tried not to purposely post a bunch about it because I had a lot of friends on the other side.

    Reading this has really made me rethink the whole issue. Thanks for making me think and approaching the issue with good common sense.
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  33. I for one don’t even like their food that much, but I agree with your first point. Make a good product at a price I feel is fair and you are going to get my business. The only other possible concerns I might have about a business is how they treat their employees and other issues that directly relate to how they do business (local or fair trade, enviormentaly friendy production, ect). I don’t want to support save the penguins with 5% of my purchase or anything ellse. I’d rather keep the 5% and know that the only leverage a company is trying to use to get me to give them money is a good product.

  34. Can I just clarify something? You said – obesity is a serious sin. I think you have that wrong. Obesity in and of itself is not a sin. Obesity can be a result of sin. Gluttony, slothfulness, etc – those are sins. I think it is unfair that you are saying that all obese people are sinful. You don’t know what caused them to get to that place – medical condition – something beyond their control – not necessarily SIN – as you so brazenly proclaim. I think that kind of blatant assumption and discrimination is just as dangerous as what you were complaining about in your article. Just my two cents…

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