Today was Chick-Fil-A appreciation day, and today I boycotted Chick-Fil-A. It’s not a permanent boycott, I just purposely did not go there today, I went somewhere else instead. I don’t even eat fast food that often, but when I do, Chick-Fil-A is one of my top choices, just because I enjoy their chicken sandwiches. See, I don’t have a problem with freedom of speech, I truly believe Dan Cathy can say whatever he wants. What I have a problem with is religious posturing, pious religiosity, and using Christianity as a political ploy.
I still remember the uproar about JC Penney’s mother’s day ads, where the ads featured two women in a lesbian relationship. I remember how Christians came out in droves to boycott JC Penney’s. I remember when I worked at the Home Depot how many Christians berated me for doing so because Home Depot “supports the gays”. Not that these people are in any way consistent…they use computers, and both Windows and Apple “support the gays”.
Honestly, I’m tired of the culture wars, and I have to wonder why Christians would rather fight about stuff with the rest of the world rather than living in peace with everyone and show their love for God by living passionately for him. Sometimes I wonder if the posturing is a substitute for quietly living for God, because most of us would rather be noticed and get attention than we would just quietly live our beliefs. I’m talking to myself here, I’ve done a lot of religious posturing in the past…I wore only long skirts no shorts or pants, to prove how modest and therefore how incredibly spiritual I thought I was. It’s the attitude that bothers me.
I’m in a rather unique position on this whole fiasco with Chick-Fil-A. I do believe that homosexuality is wrong because I cannot see where the Bible says otherwise, as much as I wish I could. However, I don’t think that as Christians we should be trying to legislate our morality and force the government to make people live what we believe. Even God has more respect than that. God tells us what he wants us to do, but then he leaves it up to us about whether we do it or not. Can’t we have that much grace with others? Dan Cathy’s beliefs on homosexuality don’t bother me, they are beliefs that a lot of people that I know hold to. What bothers me is his funding of a hate group, one that wants to actually eradicate homosexuals, that I have a problem with.
I have one more thing to say…boycotting Chick-Fil-A is not “persecution” and I believe calling it such is an insult to those that are truly persecuted around the world. It’s not “bullying” either. I know many of the people that I know and love did buy food at Chick-Fil-A today, for their own reasons, and I support their reasons. I just could not in good conscience buy their food today. But tomorrow, if I’m out and I’m hungry, I might go there. Who knew that fried chicken could be so controversial?