The recent brouhaha over the comments from Chick-fil-A’s President, Dan Cathy regarding his franchise’s “support of the traditional family” and recent anti-gay stances has brought out opinions from both sides of the gay marriage fence. Many fundagelical (fundamentalist-evangelical) Christians have come to the support of Cathy; while many on the liberal Christian side has come to the support of gays. If you were to go on your Facebook page, you’ll see your friends voicing their opinions.
Then to ruffle feathers even more, former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee encouraged people to support Chick-fil-A on a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1st. The chain had record sales that day. Also many Christian bloggers and Facebook posters gave their support to the day and to the chain.
My two cents? Dan Cathy has a right to his statements-this is America and he does have the right to express his views on marriage he believes is right. Also, Cathy and his company has been willing to take whatever heat his remarks generated. At this writing, Chick-fil-A’s approval ratings have plummeted despite its success on August 1st. Now we’re hearing talks of Jim Henson’s Company pulling out of Chick-fil-A, mayors calling for the franchise not to open in their towns, and even up here at NYU, students calling for the franchise to be removed from the campus. Cathy made his choice, now he’s got to live with it-“guilty as charged” as he put it.
However, as one who supports gay marriage I find Cathy’s comments representative of a Christianity that does not represent Christ. If we look at the Bible, it’s very scant on gay relations. And Jesus was very silent about it during his ministry. It’s no secret that Chick-fil-A’s been taken to task about its donations to anti-gay organizations. To me-especially as a African-American-this smacks of those “good Christians” that spoke against Civil Rights back during the Movement.
Also, did you notice that Cathy stated, “biblically based principles”, not “Christ-based principles”? Hmm…it’s easier to pull out the punitive laws of the Old Testament when it serves people, than it is to bring out the love of Christ. It appears that Cathy’s putting the Bible over Jesus; putting the “Law” over Grace. In fact, Paul warns us that if we keep putting the Law over Grace, then the cross is null and void. Paul is saying that we might as well kick Jesus and his “low of love” out the door, for the work Jesus did is moot. It’s our choice: Law or Grace.
I chose not to be a chicken and gave you my side. I haven’t eaten at a Chick-fil-A; and knew about their being Fundamentalist long before the recent dust up. Now that Dan Cathy choice to air his views about gays, I chose not to patronize his franchises. I choose Grace and the “Law of Love” over the Law. I choose to follow Christ, not be a chicken Pharisee.
If you, Dear Reader, decide to support Dan Cathy and his franchise-that’s your right and I ain’t mad at ya’. If you disagree with me, cool! Just don’t be disagreeable. On the other hand, if you agree with me and think Cathy and Company need to get their act together that’s fine too.
In the end, it’s your choice. Just don’t be a chicken