Today I, along with countless others, visited Chick-Fil-A for lunch. Today was deemed “Appreciation Day” at the fast food joint due to the response some have had to the company’s CEO giving his opinion on gay marriage. While many wanted to show their support for the company’s biblical values, that’s not why I was there today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m for biblical values and I appreciate that CFA operates in such a way. But I wasn’t there to speak out against gay marriage or to stand up for traditional values.
I am an American and as such I believe in certain American values. Now when Dan Cathy aired his opinion and some mayors of major cities in America said they would keep Chick-Fil-A from opening new stores because of it, I had a problem with that. When Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, said that Chick-Fil-A values are not Chicago values, I had to question just what “Chicago values” are. Do the many churches in Chicago face the same threat? If the church is pro-family, are they then against “Chicago values?” Where are the limits in this type of threat? To what extent is it ok for a city’s government to exert their power and authority over a privately owned business just because of the CEO’s views? With this precedent set, how far can it extend? Is this even within the rights of the government?
Today, some people wanted to go to CFA because they wanted to “rub it in” to homosexual population and those who support gay marriage. That’s not why I was there. I have gay friends and I love them. I hope none of them would think that I would so brazenly offend them while flaunting it. I do not stand for gay marriage, but I don’t hate anyone and it’s more important to me that my friends receive love from Christians than that we’re “right” in a political debate.
But I will not tolerate government oppression. I will not stand by while any government body attempts to become a tyranny. Maybe some people think I am taking this view too seriously, but history has shown that the slope is slippery when it comes to abuses of power. Even if you disagree with Dan Cathy’s views, you should be opposed to government denying this company the right to operate. They don’t sell values, they sell chicken. They don’t discriminate against anyone who comes in their doors. In fact, no other fast food restaurant will ever treat you with the level of respect that Chick-Fil-A will. Today I joined with thousands of others who ate some tasty chicken, because MY values detest bullying by the government.
I propose this: On August 3rd, many in opposition to Dan Cathy’s views will be visiting Chick-Fil-A for a same-sex “kiss-in” and I’ve heard several Christians talk about avoiding the place on that day. Instead, why don’t we go to Chick-Fil-A and TALK to those people? Why don’t we go and actually engage in (non-hateful) conversation? Here’s an even more audacious thought: Why don’t we go share the love of Jesus with people and maybe even serve them in some way?