I love Chick-Fil-A. I don’t care who knows it.
Recently there has been a stirring of controversy around the chicken pedler because the company gave money to a group that “opposes gay marriage”. (CNN article) I care about social causes. I really do. I believe that people should be treated equally regardless of their social status, gender, sexual preference, race, religion, culture, creed (and so on…) However, I can’t help but feel like this is a little ridiculous.
I feel like this is just another example of people acting surprised when a huge company is doing something that upsets them. If people wanted to get mad at Chick-Fil-A about this, they could have gotten started a long time ago. Chick-Fil-A has never hidden the fact that they are a Christian company. They are closed on Sundays. And, let’s be honest… they’ve been donating to “groups that oppose gay marriage” for decades… they’re called churches.
With that said, I would like to address a different facet of this discussion.
Why is it that Chick-Fil-A (and millions of other evangelical Christians) focus so much thought and attention on the issue of homosexuality? This argument has been run into the ground recently, and I apologize for that. However, I think that it needs to be constantly revisited.
The Bible says that homosexuality is a sin. I get that. However, if we are to follow the example of Christ we will also see that Jesus spends a whole lot of His time condemning the church for judging people. To borrow an example that my friend Tyler just shared with me (from Alan Hirsch at the Untamed Conference)…
When Jesus met the woman who was dragged out to be stoned for adultery he made one of His most often-quoted statements: “He who is without sin, cast the first stone”. He then says to the woman “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more”.
Notice the order here. He says “Neither do I condemn you” BEFORE he says “Go and sin no more”. He is offering love and compassion to the woman who is sinning before he tells her that she needs to stop sinning. This is how we should treat all non-believers (including homosexuals). We need to stop treating them like they are less than us. We need to show them the love that Christ has for them… not the hate and prejudice that we have been showing.
If we are following the example of Christ we would be a lot more likely to condemn things like pride and porn addiction and abuses of power in our own churches before we go out to condemn homosexuals.