DISCLAIMER: This opinion is not about the definition of marriage and family.
Last week, Dan Cathy, President and CFO of Chick-Fil-A said: “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’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.” The backlash that has ensued from local governments to muppets has overwhelmed social media, the Internet and news media.
Right or wrong, the issue here is not one man’s or business’ opinion of the definition of marriage and family. It’s not whether or not we should pack up the kids and take them to Chick-Fil-A to show our support or make picket signs to show our displeasure though we have every right to do so.
The issue here is whether or not you and I and Dan Cathy have the right to stand up and speak out for what we believe regardless of what the liberal media or conservative Christians believe. The minute a Mayor of Boston or a television/movie icon can intimidate, threaten and belittle us into catering to the world’s values rather than our own is the day that we lose every bit of freedom our founding fathers fought so hard for. Have our heroes died in vain?
Instead of defending our right to be right or wrong, we should be concerned about whether or not we can speak freely without fear of reprisal from our government or others just because we share a belief and value system different from their own.
You and I have every right to boycott businesses who don’t support our value system, but should we berate, belittle, threaten, intimidate, demoralize those who don’t support us?
I agree with Dan Cathy that God cannot withhold judgment much longer not because of our marital decisions but because of our lack of respect for all of His commandments. As Ruth Bell Graham said, “If God doesn’t judge America, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Because we have all sinned, we have no right to cast stones. Instead of judging others, even those who hate us and persecute us, let’s show some love and compassion. We don’t know what they have had to live through or deal with on a daily basis. We don’t know why they made the choices they have made. Yes, as Christians, we are supposed to stand up and speak out for God. Let’s just try to find a loving tone in which to do so.