Chick-Fil-A and Jesus
I have read some interesting posts about the Chick-Fil-A (CFA) appreciation day. One posts title was “5 reasons the church failed yesterday” the other one was from a great friend Zac his title was “Jesus didn’t eat at Chick-fil-A yesterday.” Both written a little different in point of view. However, both had one common theme, support for CFA some how equaled a lack of love for people. In this instance gay people. Honestly, I don’t care who ate or didn’t eat at CFA on Wednesday. I don’t care what restaurants or stores you choose to support or not support. That’s the great thing about the USA, you get to choose where you spend your money. The issue I want to talk about is the concept of loving people. Both blog posts referenced the Bible verse (paraphrase) “Love God, Love people” found in Matthew 22. So here is the 10 million dollar question: What does it mean to love people? I think the definition of love has been missed in the mentioned posts. I know I’m not the smartest guy to ever write a blog post, so I can only speak from personal experience. Here is how I see love working in a practical way. When you love, you bring correction and discipline to areas that don’t have it. Loving someone doesn’t mean you go along with what ever harebrained idea they come up with. Jesus was never ok to let the lost be lost. Why should we be ok with it? One of the things I like most about Jesus was his boldness to confront. Jesus to my understanding was never soft on sin. He made the hard statements and I think you would agree he did it in LOVE. In his kindness for people he never tolerated the sin that would keep them relationship with God the father. I think about the story of the woman caught in adultery found in John chapter 8. key in on verse 11
11 “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Sexual sin is sexual sin, adultery or homosexuality, it’s sin. It’s not our place to condemn but it is our place to love like Jesus did and say “leave your life of sin.” If followers of Christ never say leave your life of sin how can we claim to love anyone. To not tell people to leave sin in the past and repent is the ultimate act of hate. Hate has nothing to do with who should marry who.
Here is the one thing I think both posts nail. Being political for the sake of the “cause” is a terrible way to interact with any group of people. I have a hard time with those that form anti-whatever groups and protest with the signs that have negative statements on them. I agree that leaves a bad taste in most Peoples mouths. It’s quite hard to ask someone to leave sinful actions behind when your holding the “your going to hell” sign.
I really think that most of the CFA stuff is blown out of proportion. Media has a great way of twisting stories to get what they want out of them. So whether this was a freedom of speech issue or a gay rights issue or whatever kind of issue you would like it to be, the bottom line is you have to figure out how you can love those around you. Be in relationship with people. If you truly love those around you when their life doesn’t look like what God’s word says our lives should look like, you do like Jesus did and tell them to leave the sin behind.
Posted on August 3, 2012, in bible thoughts, bloging, Ministry and tagged bible verse, chick fil, Chick-fil-a, human-rights, John 8, loving people. love, Matthew 22, relationship with god, woman caught in adultery. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.