Why I plan to eat at Chick-fil-A today?
I read a tweet recently in which someone criticized the idea of making this “Chick-fil-A Day” (a proposal made by Mike Huckabee in response to the mayors of Boston and Chicago promising to make it more difficult for Chick-fil-A to do business in their cities by reason of Dan Cathy’s public support of the Biblical definition of marriage as heterosexual). The criticism suggested that having such a day would intensify the tensions between homosexuals and Christians or would send the wrong signals.
Obviously I disagree with that position. Strongly!
This is not a statement against homosexuals per se. If it needs to be stated: I do not hate homosexuals. However, the practice of homosexuality is a violation of God’s law. It is sin and it is an aggravated sin. I would agree with Mr. Cathy’s statement that marriage is the union of one man to one woman. Unions between members of the same sex are morally wrong and should not be granted the status of marriage.
Eating at Chick-fil-A today is not a statement about homosexuality in itself (at least in my mind). It is a statement against the determination of homosexual advocates to silence criticism…all criticism. This is a serious and desperate problem. Whenever homosexuality is spoken against there are serious threats. It is considered hate speech to say very simply that homosexuality is sin. The threats to deny Chick-fi-A the opportunity to establish new business in two of America’s major cities because the company president said something negative regarding homosexuality is a direct assault against the freedom to speak openly. This is a deliberate attempt to intimidate all critics. And it is working! Rarely do you hear a reasonable discussion as to the morality of homosexuality. Reasonable people have become fearful of speaking publicly in this way. Frankly, I am surprised that Mr. Cathy spoke as he did.
This is a campaign which must be taken seriously. It is a threat against the preaching of the Biblical Gospel, which calls upon homosexuals to repent of homosexual sin (just as it calls liars to repent of lying).
To quote Alan Jackson, “I am not a political man”. I am utterly disgusted with politics in America. Joining protests is not my thing. However, eating at Chick-fil-A is a simple gesture whereby I am demonstrating my alarm and anger at the attempt to silence free speech in an area in which God’s Word demands that I speak– both for the glory of God and for the eternal well-being of souls.
(Beside all this: I have a lunch meeting and I like Chick-fil-A).