I think I will still eat at Chick-fil-A.
Having said that, please read further.
Can those on both sides of the traditional
versus gay marriage debate chill out.
Dan Cathy, President of the family owned
Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, recently
made statements to a religious magazine
indicating his support for marriage between
a man and a woman. The firestorm of
of criticism and support especially on the
internet, has been intense.
I admire Chick-fil-A as a business. They are
clean, servers have always waited on me
and my family with attentiveness and
efficiency. Chick-fil-A closes on Sunday
to honor the commandment "remember
the Sabbath to keep it holy."
Now, I must say, in this 24/7/365 world,
very few take Sabbath time this way.
Many must work and find "Sabbath time"
or time to rest with God at other times.
Sunday is not the only time for Sabbath.
But I admire this decision because of the
faith principles it represents and the
financial sacrifice it represents. (By the
way, each year since the 40''s, this
chain has grown in size and profits).
I suspect, as a Christian person, were I to meet
and have a conversation with Dan Cathy
I would enjoy our time together.
Those who don't agree with him have had conniption
fits over his stand and those who support him have
declared there is a war on Christianity.
Not so fast, to both groups.
He has a right to say what he believes.
Those who agree or disagree have a right to
speak and act in response. It would be great
if the dialogue was civil, but often it is not.
Some say boycott. But that misses the point.
This is not fundamentally about chicken sandwiches
and making a political statement with each purchase.
I don't know where the leadership of each business
with whom I do business stands on political and
Such controversies get us talking about the issues,
not the people involved. Who does God love and what
does it mean for God to love and welcome all his people
to live in his world?
One thing I know for sure is that Dan Cathy or any single
individual Christian does not represent all Christians.
Agreeing with or disagreeing with Cathy does
not include you in or exclude you out from the love
in God's heart to bring you into the kingdom.
It is not about chicken sandwiches.
I think I will just keep welcoming all God's people
and eat where I want to eat based on the quality
of the food and the hospitality offered.
Moving to the deeper places,