I don’t know if you heard or not, but Chick-fil-A has been the center of a lot of controversy this past week.
It’s an endless cycle of intolerance that just won’t end. One person’s belief sparks another person’s intolerance, which causes the opposing side to fight back with even more intolerance. Fighting fire with fire is an understatement– this is like fighting fire with napalm.
Here’s what happened:
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy was being interviewed by a Christian news publication. In this interview the topic of marriage and the traditional family unit came up. Dan Cathy made a relatively conservative (compared to what others might have said) statement about his biblical stance on marriage and the family unit. Long story short, he affirmed his belief in marriage being strictly between a man and a woman.
He did not say his company had any sort of anti-gay policy. He didn’t elude to any negative sentiments about the homosexual community. He simply stated his biblical stance. He stayed true to what the Bible clearly states.
So those in the homosexual community decided to take this CEO’s personal beliefs and convictions as an assault on their lifestyle. As a result they decided to fight back with protests, condemnation, vandalism, and offensive demonstrations, because they don’t approve of his lifestyle choice– biblical Christianity.
So what does the other side do? They decide to fight back by crossing protest lines and “supporting the establishment” being attacked. They fight back– just like Jesus says not to. Even worse, some pastors bought hundreds of dollars worth of Chick-fil-A gift cards to hand out in order to rally people to fight back with them. I really hope they’re not using church funds to do this. Can that be considered good stewardship?
Needless to say, both sides acted and/or reacted with intolerance. An article on Examiner also pointed this out. The homosexual community fought beliefs with fire, and the zealous believers came back with napalm. And so the controversy erupted.
The real issue
Because this is such a heated issue for the homosexual community that anything remotely looking like opposition is considered direct assault. Any sort of disapproval is considered hate. So it plays out like this,
If you don’t approve of us, you hate us!
C’mon guys and gals– isn’t that a bit childish? Really? Because we don’t agree with your lifestyle, that means we hate you? Is that not a teenaged girl argument for why her dad won’t let her date the teenaged rebel boy who’s 4 years older than her, doesn’t comb his hair, and dropped out of school to spend more time listening to AC/DC and ride his rickety motorcycle? (*Breathe*… that was a long sentence.) Let’s be honest– you’re better than that.
I don’t agree with a lot of things the people I love do. Here’s a great example: bootleg DVDs. I don’t approve of them. They are stolen merchandise as far as I’m concerned, and buying them makes you a thief. I can’t support someone’s choice to steal. I can make a great case for this, but I’ll leave that for another day.
Just because I disagree with this choice, doesn’t mean I hate the people that make it. It just means I don’t approve of it, and won’t support their decision to do it. It conflicts with my own personal convictions. If they ask me for $5 to go get The Dark Knight Rises from the guy down the street, I’m not giving them a cent! I don’t love them any less. I don’t hope that some law passes so they will never be able to watch movies ever again. Not in the least bit! I want them to experience real, quality movies the way they were intended to be experienced, without short-changing themselves.
To say that non-support of a lifestyle choice is hate is a false argument– flat out nonsense. Don’t buy into it– you’re better than that.
To the Christians
It’s really easy to look at the Chick-fil-A protests and say “We need to go support Chick-fil-A! Let’s take everybody we know down there to walk through those protestors and show them we’re not backing down!” In case you didn’t notice– that mentality doesn’t bring people closer to Jesus. You’re not just fighting fire with fire, you’re fighting fire with napalm.
What if instead of fighting back, we took God at his word in Romans 12? What if instead of blatantly crossing the protest lines to spite opposition we listened to verse 14,
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Let me just finish by saying that I don’t think Dan Cathy did anything wrong. He stood by his convictions, and as an American businessman he has the right to live his life, express his views, and run his company the way he sees fit. Stating his beliefs was not intolerant– attacking him and his company for those beliefs is intolerant. Additionally, blatantly taking action opposing the protests with spite is equally intolerant.
Let me also say that both sides reacted poorly in this instance. If we ever hope to make any sort of progress in this arena, we must be better than this.
Intolerance cannot be defeated with more intolerance.
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