Long lines, Waffle Fries, Kiss-Ins and Jesus

I’m not exactly sure what to think of the Chick-fil-A thing that’s been going on.  I guess this is now a Christian vs. Gay “discussion” playing out over waffle fries.  There has been a day for Christians to support Chick-fil-A by waiting in line for hours for an eight piece nugget meal and a different day for gay people to just sit in the lobbies without buying anything. Not sure, exactly, what either will accomplish but that’s where we appear to be for now.  I do wonder, with no way to know for sure, which of the two (if either) Jesus would attend if he were walking around right now.

I have heard many Christians say that it is important to support the Chick-fil-A guy that was against gay marriage to “let them know where we stand and what we believe in.”  If there is one thing in the middle of all of this that I am sure of, it is that “they” already know where Christians stand regarding homosexual marriage or anything else. “They” already know, with certainty, that they are rejected and ridiculed by people who claim the title of Christian.

As a Christian, I’m not sure that I have any obligation whatsoever to tell people where I stand on what I perceive to be their sin. I can’t find Scripture that commands me to share my positions in order to be heard and establish for the record my moral platform.  As far as right and wrong goes, I am certainly to tend to my own and even address wrong within the church (in a very orderly, loving and specific way).  Don’t see where there is anything about talking to people outside of my beliefs about their behavior.  My accusations and posturing on their behaviors does not invite them in to meet Jesus but my introduction of Him to them, through me, just might.

I have a hard time believing that legalization of same-sex marriage is a good idea for a society. How I balance that basic belief with my burden to allow Jesus to live through me in the lives of others is not an easy one for me to figure out all of the time. As I seek to figure it out and hope to walk it out with humility and grace, I read in 1 Corinthians 13, “If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing . . . So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Long lines, Waffle Fries, Kiss-Ins and Jesus

  1. Except Dan Cathy never mentioned gay marriage. His statement was purely about himself, being married to his first wife, and thankful to God for it. It got completely twisted – but not by people who are on their second marriage and might have taken umbrage, interestingly enough. To me this support day wasn’t about gay rights or chicken. It was to be a boost to someone who expressed a traditional sentiment and got vilified and misinterpreted for it. It was more about free speech than sexuality. To me it seemed mostly about Christians saying, “Enough. Here’s the line in the sand. It’s not hate speech to say you support faithful traditional marriage. You’re not alone.” As far as addressing non-believers about their behavior, I think the Apostle Paul did that all the time. Was he just posturing when he walked into towns, picked a prominent spot where everyone could hear him, and just started proclaiming the gospel? I’m not saying that that’s the only form of ministry, but I don’t like this hush-now attitude I see among Christians. Love does not equal silence. The disciples also didn’t first spend 5 years making relationships to earn the right to speak truth into the lives of others, which is another thing that floats around churches. There’s a lot of kumbayah-ish talk that I don’t find in scripture either. So if you want to admonish other Christians for being too harsh or nit sensitive enough, be sure that you’re still upholding the Great commission though, there’s a balance to be struck. I hate it when Christians take each other to task on the love-thing in front of an unbelieving world. Just yesterday a friend of mine said we need to check our motives first. True. But that doesn’t just mean, check for love – it also mean: check for fear of man. Tolerance is not a biblical teaching.

    • Thank you, Karin. Very eloquantly said. The best response I’ve read, to date, on the whole issue at hand. Which shouldn’t really be an “issue” at all.

  2. If we don’t accept people where they are, faults and all, we’ve rejected them. And may never have that small opportunity at the right time to share the Gospel, and His love for them. While I may not condone the choices an individual makes, on any level or subject, I do my best to not reject.

    Unfortunate the publicly acknowledged, pro-traditional marriage belief by Mr. Cathey has led us to such a point. While yesterdays support of his establishment and values was over whelming and peaceful, I wondered if their would be a response. Perhaps one day the members of this community will be able to take their values off of “the self”, and place their values in Christ. Yet who will be the one their to accept them, and walk with them on that journey.

    • I disagree that I have to choose between either full acceptance of total rejection. I see human relationships as a lot more complex. Isn’t that what the adage ‘love the sinner but not the sin” is all about? If I am not totally on board with something doesn’t mean I have outright rejected it. That is the problem, that the gay community puts us on notice “either you’re with us/for us or against us”, and overdramatizing every little thing and taking everything personally. And you buy into it. Maybe love should extend to fellow-Christians whom you consider to be lacking in any spiritual area or whom you consider to be wrong or hard to get along with. After all, they are the bride of Christ.

  3. There is no law that should prevent two people from committing to each other. If the gay community would just agree to drop the word “marriage” and agree to use an alternative (union..?) complete with 100% equity to a heterosexual traditional marriage, it would eventually be behind us… although I feel that adoption is wrong for homosexuals. It is one thing to be born gay and want to be with another gay person. I’m completely fine with that. My concern is that a genetically heterosexual child is “parented” into a gay mindset. This is not what was intended as evidence by the need for reproduction to sustain the human species. Be accepting.. but don’t encourage..

  4. I haven’t lived in the U.S. for 15 years. I thank God that I was born and grew up in a privileged nation where I had the opportunity to trust Jesus Christ as my savior.I am very thankful to be out from under the oppression of cause focused Christianity that is sweeping America. We live in Latvia (a country, that by the way, said “No” to the EU on the issue of gay marriage) we don’t really speak the language but we trust God to live His gospel through us. When I look at the church in America I am reminded of that saying, “Your life shouts so loud I can’t hear your words.” That is a negative saying but it has merit for us all. It is so real to us because we cannot speak the language and we hope we can turn the negative into a positive. We have been blessed to let God be God in the process of “Be still and KNOW that I am God.” Another concept that is crucial is John 13:35 “By this all men know that you are my disciples; if you love one another.” We may choose to believe the issue is freedom of speech, taking a moral stance or by the lack of loving action building walls, but above all else stands the question how can we reveal the love of God? Perhaps we all need to stop giving answers be they complex or simple and start listening to God and man.

    • I am from East Germany myself so I do know a little about what it means to be a Christian elsewhere – in my case, it wasn’t a good surrounding, we had no freedom of speech or religion, so… I appreciate that it exists here, that people in the past deliberately carved out a place for it, and even died for it. It is no misstep to celebrate it – even the Apostle Paul pointed out to his abusers once that he was a Roman citizen, and they released him after mistreating him. It’s not wrong to point out what rights we have. As long as we have them. They were create by man and can be eliminated by man. I have noticed in many Americans who go to Europe to share the gospel that a “Europeanization” happens, just as my friends and family might probably notice an “Americanization” happening in me (and I am currently pursuing US citizenship, so it is definitely true for me). But we should listen to God and man? That’s a new one for me. I thought we were to obey God more than man. (Acts 5:29)

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