Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chick-fil-A in Another Flap

Back in 2012 when Christians like Chick-fil-A. (Arlington Cardinal)
Fellow Christians, can we please take a step back and rethink our actions please? Remember when Chick-fil-A made headlines in June 2012? The controversy started when chief operating officer Dan T. Cathy made statements that he opposed same-sex marriage. 

Reports soon followed showing that the S. Truett Cathy family WinShape Foundation had donated money to different political organizations that were seen by some to be hostile to the LGBT community. LGBT activists got all up in arms protesting at various Chick-fil-A locations.

Some of the things that these protesters were saying were hurtful and cruel. To show support of the chicken sandwich shop, many Christians crossed these picket lines and dined at the restaurants anyway.

Later in July of 2012, Chick-fil-A released a statement saying, "Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena."

Now, the chain is making headlines again. Chick-fil-A is one of the sponsors for Level Ground, a faith-based LGBT film festival along with other businesses including Whole Foods and Hilton Hotels. The most recent festival was held in Nashville this year. In retaliation, one person has set up a Change.org petition demanding that Chick-fil-A give an explanation for their actions. “…we ask that Chick-fil-A issues an official response regarding this sponsorship, along with any statement your team feels is necessary to clarify Chick-fil-A's corporate stance regarding previously stated Christian values on marriage and stewardship,” states the petition.

Now, regardless on your stance on gay marriage or LGBT faith-based film festivals for that matter (let’s not open THAT can of worms) I would like to just focus on the actions of fellow Christians. Here are what just some of the most recent signers of the petition have written. I am not making this up. They are all here for public viewing. Not all of the comments were negative, but were acting out of concern. Here are two examples:
“I'm signing because I care about our Christian community and Chic-fil-a in particular.”
“I have supported the company because of Christian values. I sincerely pray this isn't true.”
Now, since I am not particularly fond of the Chick-fil-A’s food I feel that I am non-biased. I thought that the 2012 demonstrations from the LGBT community were off base but I was also confused by the Christian supporters who had the “we’ll show them” attitude and bought sandwiches even when they weren’t hungry. And now this. I don’t understand how protesting, writing open letters or demanding explanations is going to help anything. What I am most concerned about is the disturbing behavior displayed below:
“You are nothing but hypocrites. We stood with you in 2012. But no more. Shame on you for your apostasy. You make me sick. You are now going against the Word of God.”

“I believed Chick fil A was a bible believing faith based organization. If you are going to support SIN, then I will take my money else where.”

“VERY, VERY DISAPPOINTED! WERE TRUETT CATHY STILL ALIVE, THIS WOULDN'T BE HAPPENING! WILL THE NEXT STOP BE "STAYING OPEN ON SUN? "

“Does Chick-fil-A still believe that God created man as "male and female" (Gen 1:27)? I hope Chick-fil-A will clarify and let us know if the information we have received is incorrect.”

“I am appalled to hear this! Dad Cathy would have NEVER sold out like this! PLEASE don't make me stop eating your food, because if this doesn't stop, I will! My dollars will not support this abomination!”

“You said you made a mistake earlier...well you've made an even bigger one this time....God doesn't make mistakes. ...He said He meant it...that's the way it is....you are on your own.”
 Remember how some protesters were so hurtful back in 2012? Is this talk of any use to anybody?


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