3 Things We Can Learn From Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard about Chick-Fil-A’s statement regarding their belief that marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman, only. Apparently in certain areas of the country this is big news. “How intolerant?” “How ridiculous?” “How un-American?”

In other areas…like the Bible-belt… the questions are more: “How inspiring?!” or “How refreshing for them to take such a stand?!” The restaurant’s stand caused people to flock to their favorite chicken chain in droves. Their store here in Jonesboro, AR has lines like I have never seen. I expect to see people wearing stickers today that say “I went to Chick-Fil-A today! Did you?”

Yet, in all this hustle and bustle I find myself asking a different question:

How effective is this?

Don’t get me wrong: if you went today I am not judging you at all. I love CFA. I appreciate their company culture; plus, I love their food! And their service is great too! It makes me smile when they ask if they can “refresh my beverage” and tell me it’s “their pleasure” to serve me and others.

But I can’t help but wonder if the mass hysteria at CFAs all over the country is sending the wrong message. Let’s be honest here: if droves of people are lined up to the point their lines are wrapping out and around the restaurant or their cars are lining up out of the drive-thru and into the streets, then a message is definitely being sent to the public at large and to the gay population specifically. It seems to say: “We don’t approve of you, your lifestyle and your choice. That’s right, I said choice. We. Do. Not. Approve.” I think that’s the wrong message to send.

There has been article after article about CFA, I was not going to add to this hotbed of material. However, I ran across this article today written by Nathan over at Gospel + Intersections.

It immediately struck me that although Nathan agrees that homosexuality is wrong and a sin, (as do I) his focus was on the fact that we all sin and God does not like ANY sins, not just this one. Homosexuals need God, they need the message of Christ and His love and forgiveness. Love the person, hate the sin…after all, it only takes one sin to incur the death penalty and we have all sinned right?

To finish reading this article, please head over to http://gospelintersections.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/3-things-we-can-learn-from-chick-fil-a-appreciation-day/
While you are there why not check out the rest of Nathan’s site and let him know something he wrote blessed you.

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