Are you really surprised?–Thoughts on Chick-fil-A

“Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day”. A day where YOU could take a stand against fascism and homosexuality, in just eating one bite of a fried chicken sandwich. Christians by the thousands flocked to Chick fil-a to show their support. Most people I talked to where shocked at the backlash that Dan Cathy had recieved, about his comments on traditional marriage.

“He’s just stating his opinion,” Was the most common response.

While that’s true and some of the backlash has been very harsh and one sided, are we really that surprised that this finally happened?

The answer is no. We (Christians) shouldn’t be surprised because we deserved the confrontation.

Think about it. For years Christians have been boycotting organizations as if it’s the hip thing to do.  Adobe, AOL, Bank of America, Bayer, Chevron, eBay, Southwest, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods, Nike, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, YMCA, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Girl Scouts, Dr. Phil Foundation, Disney and the list just keeps going. All these organizations have all been or are still currently being boycotted by Christians.

Boycotting something almost seems like a favorite pastime, for Christians. I remember when the Harry Potter books was becoming popular and many churches were holding book burnings because they didn’t support it. Obviously the most sensible thing is to burn books. It just makes sense, right? No. It doesn’t make sense. It makes us look crazy.

Christians have a really bad wrap for standing up to issues that they are against. It’s US vs. THEM. It’s about division. It’s about finding a villain in our story. So is it really that much of a surprise, that finally the other side can boycott us? I think it’s been a long time coming.

We shouldn’t be known for the things we are AGAINST but rather the things that we are FOR.

Jesus hung out with tax-collectors, prostitutes, lepers, murders, and backstabbers. We never really see him boycott anyone…except the religious elite.

Making a show out of someone’s convictions isn’t loving our neighbors, its oppressing them. Sometimes I feel like Christians can be sore winners. It’s like we have this attitude of “We know who wins in the end and so I’m going to rub your face in it on how wrong you are”.

I love what my friend Jesse Pickott said, “Often times the Church thinks they are giving the devil a black eye & all they are doing is beating up an already bruised and broken people”

Instead of fighting against homosexuals, I’m more interested in in knowing how I can partner with people of opposite beliefs. How can we come together in making a difference in the world. To help the orphans, widows and oppressed. That’s what we’re supposed to be about. Why can’t we love people for who they are? Why must we always make someone the villain?

We should be about bringing heaven to earth.

We shouldn’t be surprised that we’re finally on the receiving end of being boycotted.

We should love our neighbors. Even if they don’t like chicken 🙂

So what do you think? Am I way off? Did you go eat on Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day?

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