After seeing some highly inflammatory posts on Facebook about Chick-fil-A, I had to look into the issue for myself to see what was REALLY going on. It seems Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A did a radio interview and a print interview which was published the same day the radio interview aired, and then the earth fell off its axis (that’s hyperbole for those who don’t get it).
Here’s what Dan Cathy DIDN’T say:
- We don’t serve gays.
- Faggots need not apply.
- God hates queers.
- Destroy all homos.
Here’s what he did say:
- We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
- [I]ts tradition is ‘to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.’ [sounds like tolerance to me!]
- “As it relates to society in general, I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than You as to what constitutes a marriage,’” Cathy said on “The Ken Coleman Show.” “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we would have the audacity to try to redefine what marriage is all about.”
If you don’t see the difference between the two, let me present an analogy.
I have diabetes. My doctor told me processed, sugar-laden foods are bad for me. Therefore, I am a firm believer in a healthy, whole food diet. I will not eat processed foods. Anyone who eats processed foods is poisoning their body.
If you extrapolate from the above statement that I think people that eat Cheetos are bad people and should burn in hell…you are engaging in word play (or you have a reading comprehension problem at best).
Being pro-Biblical marriage does not make a person anti-gay. In fact, God calls on all believers to show love to everyone. No where did Dan Cathy say anything negative about gay people.
So what about tolerance? The word “tolerance” is being tossed around today by people that clearly don’t understand its meaning. Dictionary.com defines tolerance as:
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own.
- interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one’s own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
If those calling for a boycott were truly tolerant, they would accept that Christians who truly follow the word of God cannot, in good conscience, approve of same-sex marriage. Agree to disagree. Simple as that. And I know there are gays that exhibit this kind of tolerance. I also know there are people who wear the moniker “Christian” and espouse hate (Westboro “Baptists” anyone?). But that is not the case here. Dan Cathy has essentially said, “God is my boss and I trust my boss and I think it’s a bad idea for society to go against my boss.” I agree with all of that.
Now, to any and all of my gay friends that read this: I love you. I love you as much today as I did when we would hang out – when yes, I was being every bit as debaucherous as you, if not more. I am not that person anymore. But I still love you and not just because God told me to.
1 Corinthians 5:9-10, 12-13 (ESV)
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people — 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”