Welcome to the war.
As you now know, Chick-Fil-A’s COO Dan Cathy was recently asked about his support of the traditional family. His reply “guilty as charged,” has become the proverbial “shot heard ‘round the world.”
We now have a growing trend among celebrities, politicians, mayors and proclaiming-Christians who are boycotting the restaurant. The claim is that these people will not support the “hate group,” or support a company “of bigots.” How ironic! They feel as if everyone should have rights, and share them equally. Except for Christians.
We’ve known it was coming for years. It’s here. John 16:33 warned us centuries ago that “In the world you shall have tribulation,” so it should come as no surprise. We’ve had valiant pastors and preachers prepare us for decades. Their prophetic words were given for such a time as this.
Is this truly a war? Yes. Simply a war of words, possibly. However, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago’s mayors have all become publically outspoken about their illegal refusal to allow Chick-Fil-A to branch into their cities. The always classless Roseanne Barr tweeted “anyone who eats **** Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.” But it’s quickly moving beyond words. Thousands have already joined the several Facebook groups entitled “Boycott Chick-Fil-A” pledging to refuse to support the company.
Nothing anti-gay, hateful or bigoted had even occurred. No anti-gay advertisements have ever been used. Chick-Fil-A has never refused service to anyone based on their sexual orientation. Yet, by the secular media’s twisting of pro-traditional family values into being anti-anything, we clearly see what’s happening. Our faith is being attacked. Our God and His Word is being mocked. Thankfully we still have religious rights here in America. Will we always? I urge you to do a little research and check the trends.
How should we react? Supposedly, 75% of Americans claim to hold to a Christian faith. Where are they? Why is this majority group of people silent in the most critical of times? Why is there only a few voices speaking up for the traditional Biblical family values? Blessings, and freedoms have only created a spoiled, silent, coward majority. I adamantly believe that American Christianity needs persecution to be awakened. It’s here. What more do we need? We now live in a country that will persecute a business owner for simply believing as a Christian. That, by definition, is the true bigotry.
Do we respond by refusing to support the services of every company that supports and promotes anti-Christian values? I’d love to believe it was that simple. I’ve often wondered if anti-Christian musicians and entertainers would be rich and famous today without the support of those claiming to be Christ-like. I don’t think they would be. So do we boycott Sears, who have openly sold books that promote beastiality? Do we refuse to shop at Home Depot for being a “festival” vendor targeting children, at an event that promoted public nudity and lewd sexual acts? What if as Christians, we put our money where our mouth faith is? Could we make a difference? Does it even matter to you?
I’d love to lead an army of Christians to stand against the attacks on our faith. I’d love to march an infantry up to the gates of Hell and show the world how seriously we take our faith. But I know how that would play out. We’d be ridiculed, and accused of more heinous acts than bigotry. I also know what happens if we don’t. Google “Sodom and Gomorrah.” I don’t claim to know exactly what your responsibility is in this situation. I do however know that our response should always be to lead with love. You should always “Be on your guard, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, and be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13) Standing up for what you believe in doesn’t ever give you the opportunity to be anything less than graceful. We’ve never been commanded to do any less than love our neighbor. However, there’s a big difference in gracefulness and approval. Walk carefully, but make sure your foundation is secure since it’s only going to get more difficult. Never forget the powerful hope we have at the end of John 16:33 where Jesus boldly reminds us to “be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” If that doesn’t encourage you then please read the book of Revelation and see how this war ends.