I don’t have much to say about the actual incident with Chick fil a except the following:
1. I believe in Freedom of Speech.
2. I believe a business shoud be able to state their personal beliefs without threat from a city, state or govenment level shutdown.
3. I believe the personal opinions and faith-based beliefs of Mr. Cathy were blown way out of proportion by some people with a “hatred agenda” and that Mr. Cathy had every right to believe however he wanted to without fear of being shut down for his opinions or beliefs.
However, how I feel about what transpired on facebook as a result of this whole thing is another story…
1. I saw lots of (to use the words of a good friend of mine) ‘arrogant “let’s show ’em”‘ attitudes about the so called victory that was won.
2. I saw lots of hatred towards gay people in the comments going around fb…
3. I don’t see this as a victory, but as a stumbling block because in our arrogant pride, swinging our “swords of victory”, we have simply accomplished making people never really want to get to know this Jesus (my Jesus) who now seems, to a world of wounded people, more of an angry warrior who is more concerned with victory than mercy…with putting up barriers than with Grace. Where is the hope in an angry warrior…misrepresentation!
4. To me this is a sad and embarrassing day for Christians … at least on fb … because we may have won the battle to keep a business open and free speech alive, but closed the door to a lost and dying world. A world who needs to know the same Grace and Mercy that was shown to us and that is still shown to us every day. A world that needed to feel and know the love of Jesus more than they need justice for a business or justice for speech. That world is at the end of our judgemental, pointing fingers.
5. I am embarrassed that the hatred and the pride and the arrogance were tied to Christianity…so much so I no longer wish to call myself a Christian. I will call myself a follower and believer in Jesus Christ from now on. I feel we are called by Christ to be His hands and His feet to a lost and dying world…did we so quickly forget His mercy to us, His grace to us, His forgiveness to us? Have we forgotten that we are nothing more than sinners saved by grace?
6. Today I hang my head in shame of the name Christian because of how I saw Christians misrepresenting Christ over this issue. This is NOT loving well.