Everyone knew this one was coming. I’ve tried staying quiet about this because I know it’ll stir a lot of stink up. But I feel the need to post this. If I make you mad, okay then. The truth is, this has become one of the most overblown and over-hyped issues ever. One man’s comments have sparked a nationwide debate over gay rights. I agree this is a debate that we need to have…but not like this. We need to have a civil and formal discussion, which allows both sides to present their case and we the people choose the path we want for this country. But this is not helping the cause. Neither side is helping, they are only hurting the fight.
First off, if you’re gay and you’re upset because the CEO of a company that EVERYONE in America knows is an openly Christian restaurant, came out against gay marriage then it’s time for a reality check. That’s kind of like being shocked a baptist preacher preaches against homosexuality. The fact of the matter is that the Christian belief of marriage is one man and one woman. They have every right in the world to their belief, JUST like you have every right in the world to believe the complete opposite of them. I know a lot of people will say that it’s about more than just his beliefs because the company spends millions of dollars lobbying Congress for anti-gay legislation and gives millions more away to anti-gay non-profit groups. I hate to be blunt, but that’s business. Don’t be so shocked about it. It’s no different than American companies pouring money into “secret” Chinese accounts that are being used to fight labor laws so we can keep prices low here thanks to cheap labor costs there. It’s used as a tax exemption and EVERY company does this. There are plenty of liberal companies that spend millions of dollars lobbying Congress to all but ban religion from having ANY aspect in our democracy. Do you support them?
And to the “Christians” that are standing in line for hours to get a chicken sandwich and waffle fry to prove how much you love Jesus…I ask you this simple question: why are you being a hypocrite? We are taught as Christians to be Christ-like. Jesus did shun the sinners and go protest with the saved. Instead, he sat down and ate with the sinners and served them. More than that, he died for them. The only message you’re sending to gay Americans by celebrating this Chick-fil-a Day is that you’re not willing to listen to them. You’re only willing to drive the wedge further into the ground, losing even more credibility at a time when the church is looked at as poorly as it ever has been in history. Driving a wedge and dividing yourselves from a group of people is the complete opposite of what Jesus told us to do and what he did himself. If you want to have a positive impact on someone’s life, be a friend and not an enemy. That’s what Jesus would do. I promise you, you’re not going to have a member of the gay community take you seriously when you are out taking pictures of yourself “eating chicken for Jesus.” Instead, you’re giving the church a bad name. There is no big or little sin in the Bible. A person living a gay lifestyle is no different than you living your life judging that person for their lifestyle. Jesus doesn’t need you to judge, that’s his job. He needs you to love. If you can’t do that, don’t call yourself one of his. I refuse to participate in any kind of protest based on the premise of hate.
To wrap this up, I will say that any person in America has the right to say or believe whatever they want, as long as it isn’t bringing harm on another individual. This man’s comments aren’t killing anyone. He’s not refusing service to someone because they’re gay (although a private company has every right to do so in America). At the same time, you have just as much of a right to protest their beliefs and boycott their business. But let’s be honest about one thing…this day, this protest, and this anger is going to solve nothing. It’s not even something that we should be concerned with. We’re in the midst of a presidential election, at a pivotal time in our country. We are in the midst of recovering from one of the greatest economic disaster in this country’s history, and the world is teetering on the brink of a global collapse with Chinese markets stagnant, and European markets in shambles. There are genocides going on all over the world, people dying of starvation in countries, and God only knows what else and we’re sitting here arguing over chicken sandwiches. Shame on us as Americans.