Last Wednesday I happily waited in a drive-thru line that wrapped around the building and into the neighboring parking lot. It was Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and I wanted to show my support for the Christian-owned fast food chain. (By the way, I showed my support on Saturday too!)
The Chick-fil-A Controversy
In recent years, more and more American corporations have sided with same-sex marriage. Companies like J.C. Penney, Kraft, Microsoft, Starbucks, and Coca-Cola have shown their support with advertising, donations, and employee policies. (See this AP article for more info.) But Chick-fil-A and its president Dan Cathy have continued to stand on biblical principles.
Chick-fil-A has been actively supporting pro-family, Christian groups with charitable donations for a long time, but just last month comments made by Cathy in a Baptist Press interview sparked a firestorm of controversy. Here is Cathy’s response to the reporter’s question about the company’s support of the traditional family.
“Well, guilty as charged,” said Cathy when asked about the company’s position. “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. We give God thanks for that. “We operate as a family business … our restaurants are typically led by families; some are single. We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that,” Cathy emphasized. “We intend to stay the course,” he said. “We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
A multitude of media and gay rights groups strongly rebuked Cathy and Chick-fil-A twisting his remarks into “hate speech.” The mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco proudly declared the chain was not welcome in their cities. As the controversy heated up, Mike Huckabee declared August 1 to be “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” and the country began to take sides.
Why are people mad at Chick-fil-A?
Why such strong feelings over a chicken sandwich? It shouldn’t surprise us that our culture applauds Starbucks for officially supporting gay marriage legislation while it condemns Chick-fil-A for supporting the traditional family. Jesus told us this would happen.
On the night He was betrayed, Jesus spent those last hours preparing the disciples for what lay ahead for them. Jesus warned them that since the “world” hated Him, it would also hate and persecute those who belong to Him (John 15:18-21). So, why did – and why does – the world hate Jesus? The world hates Jesus because His righteousness reveals its sin (John 7:7).
When we live holy lives that reveal the righteousness of Christ the world will hate us for the same reason – our lives expose the sin of the world. When Christians take a stand for Christ and firmly follow biblical principles, the world will respond with persecution. Jesus knew Chick-fil-A would be persecuted by mainstream society in America because it took a stand for biblical principles.
Maybe I’ll take a little heat for this post too. That would be alright.
Have you ever been ridiculed or condemned for taking a stand for Christ or for living out biblical principles?