Chic-Fil-A Appreciation Day: Taking a stand

Yes, I ate at Chic-Fil-A today.  To take a stand for God’s Word and to stand for Chic-Fil-A President Dan Cathy’s freedom of speech when he told a Christian publication that “his company supports the Biblical definition of the family unit.”

I support it, too. I believe the Bible is God’s word and is truth.

That doesn’t mean that I judge or hate people who choose a gay lifestyle. (And yes, it’s a choice, not a gene.)

Nor do I think that calling a protestor of Chic-Fil-A “a moron,” like I saw happen today at Chic-Fil-A, is the right response to this issue. People can disagree without unkind name-calling.

But yes, today I stood for what I believe in: freedom of Speech and God’s word about marriage.

It was crowded and I had to wait in line. Then I wasn’t able to get a seat inside the restaurant with air-conditioning, and had to sit outside in the heat, right by the drive-through order box and a few feet away from the protestor standing by the curb with a sign.

One man who went through the drive-through asked, “What is going on here?” as he looked around at the unusual crowds. Apparently he hadn’t checked Facebook or Twitter lately. 🙂

The employee answered, “I have no idea, sir.”

News reports said that Chic-Fil-A executive vice president of marketing stated that Chic-Fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chic-Fil-A.

It was created by Mike Huckabee, encouraging Americans to go to Chic-Fil-A on August 1, to show their support of Cathy’s freedom of speech and of traditional marriage.

Christians supporting gays?

I was surprised to read posts on Facebook today from Christian women whom I know.  They said they “support gay relationships and marriage.” Huh? Have they read their Bibles?

We can’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible we’ll accept, and throw the rest out.

God’s Word is forever and established. It doesn’t change with the culture.

It’s not always “politically correct.”

They will know us by our Love

I also had to agree with one of my friends today, who posted on Facebook, “They will know you’re Christians by your LOVE…not whether or not you eat a chicken sandwich.”

As I teased her, “Yes, but the chicken sandwich sure was good!” (And it was delicious!)

God doesn’t hate gays

My friend is right about love. The Bible says we will be known as Jesus’ disciples by our love. (John 13:35)

God IS love. He doesn’t hate homosexuals or lesbians.

But He is holy and He has a standard of righteousness. (Leviticus 11:44, 1 Peter 1:15)

We can choose to obey or to rebel to that standard of holiness.

In and of ourselves, we can’t obey God. We can’t be holy. We mess up every day, because we’ve inherited Adam’s sin nature.

I, for one, have been disobedient to God almost my entire life. It’s only been in the last several years that I truly repented of my sins, rededicated my life to God, and began passionately pursuing an intimate, daily relationship with Jesus. And I still struggle and will struggle with sin until I go to be home with Jesus. So I can’t possibly “judge” anyone for any sin.

But homosexuality and lesbianism are a sin, like any other sin. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) And these are not just Old Testament laws.

Everything is level at the Cross. Being judgmental and hateful are sins, too.

We all fall short of the glory of God, every day. (Romans 3:23)

That is why we need a relationship with Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the Cross and was raised from the dead, ascending to heaven, over 2,000 years ago. Through accepting Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection, we are reconciled to God and will live with Him forever. (Ephesians 1:7)

Do you know Jesus? Have you given your life to Him?

Once we are reconciled, we need to live in obedience to His word. 

 Even when it goes against the current culture.

Me enjoying Chic-Fil-A chicken sandwich and waffle fries today

And sometimes we will need to take a stand for what is right.

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