At the risk of offending and bursting our national “evangelical bubble”, I write briefly today.
I first state that, along with Dan Cathy, I believe marriage to be a sacred union between a man and a woman. I believe the Bible to be true in every way, so I can’t imagine lining up in any other way with regard to that issue. However, the firestorm that was sparked by Cathy’s Scriptural affirmation brings up another issue entirely.
There are few evangelicals (Bible believing, church attending, fried-chicken eating evangelicals) that would fall to the side of this argument that allows for homosexuals to be legally married. The reasons range from the acidic declaration of homosexuality’s abominable status in “God’s eyes”, all the way to the more social “marriage-already-has-a-unique-definition-call-your-union-something-else-please”. And for those that are likely to read anything I write, a solid 99% will likely fall into that spectrum. So for me to re apply yet another coat of paint to that wall would be a waste of time at worst and redundant at best.
So, I offer you this word of warning. Eat at Chick-Fil-A, but do so with a sharp eye on your own heart.
Our tendency as people is to create a demon out of another man’s sin with one hand while simultaneously sweeping our own under the proverbial rug with the other. Homosexuality is, under the Biblical definition, sin. But, what we must remember, and be reminded of particularly often, and sharply in the current climate of frenzied condemnation, is that homosexuality is NOT a unique sin. It is merely one of a thousand ways to turn from God.
I would lovingly remind my Christian brothers and sisters that the same ferocity that causes you to want to boycott, picket, blog against, and roar loudly in protest of homosexuality ought to exist for gluttony and vanity as well. However, unless I’ve missed it, I don’t see evangelicals picketing all-you-can-eat buffets…and this is generally because they are too busy trying to get a good place in line inside the establishment. I have yet to see a grass roots movements rise up in opposition to Louis Vuitton, Maybelline, or Chanel.
The temptation for us my friends is to become so concentrated on the sins and shortcomings of others that we grow far too forgetful of our own. I understand this because it works in me as well. The sin at arms length always looks more heinous than the ones within my heart. The failings of others always looks more like rebellion, while my own “misfires” look like accidents with “the best intentions”. And maybe all I’m asking throughout this fray is that we give others the same benefits we give ourselves. Where we would see our failures as an honest mistake, or even a misdirected pursuit of truth, may we allow that to be the same motivation of those we could easily demonize.
So, eat more chicken, by all means, it’s a quality product offered in a timely manner (and how often do you really hear “its my pleasure to serve you” outside of Chick-Fil-A?). And while you are enjoying your bird, ponder not how great it is that someone was wrong in this argument, but how you can show grace to those you disagree with. And for your own sake, for the joy of your heart, pray daily the Psalmists words:
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!