THE CHICK-FIL-A CONTROVERSY AND OMEN
Word for the Month & for Thurs., Aug. 1
Scripture: Col. 2:8
See Message: The Maccabee Blueprint I
For anyone who isn’t aware, Chick-fil-A is a chain of fast food restaurants that specializes in chicken and is owned by Bible believing Christians. They believe what the Bible says about creation, human nature, and marriage, namely that it involves a man and a woman. This is hardly a controversial stand; it’s the basic, universal stand of human civilization for most of history. In an interview, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy simply stated the obvious, that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman, but it caused a massive uproar. Chick-fil-A was spoken against, attacked, and boycotted around the country.
When ancient Israel fell away from God and embraced the ways of Baal, it undoubtedly began with a call for open-mindedness, tolerance of other ideas and practices, and an “everyone do your own thing” morality. But once the practices and powers associated with Baal worship ascended to power, it was a different story. It was no longer about tolerance. Tolerance was only a strategy to allow the “new morality” to enter in. Once in, tolerance was done away with. Those in power now sought to force everyone to bow their knees to Baal while punishing anyone who still upheld the ways of God. The Chick-fil-A controversy is a sign.
When the fast food chain began exploring the possibility of opening up a restaurant in New York, politicians in the state spoke of stopping it. It couldn’t be allowed since the president had said that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman. In recent days, the controversy has revived. As Chick-fil-A sought to open up a restaurant in the San Antonio airport, the city council of San Antonio voted to stop it from happening. Soon after, a similar event took place in the airport of Buffalo, New York, to block Chick-fil-A from opening there. Beyond the fact that the phenomenon of a governmental body blocking an enterprise from opening because it doesn’t agree with its views has been called unconstitutional, what was the Chick-fil-A’s crime? Its crime was that it had in the past given donations to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a Christian home for troubled youth – and that these organizations did not embrace same sex relations or same sex marriage.
In other words, we have now reached the stage where governmental organizations are punishing Christian organizations and businesses for simply giving to Christian ministries that have Christian views – since the view that sexuality and marriage involve man and woman is a fundamental Christian view held by any true Christian believer or organizations. Think about that. Every Christian Church in America is such an organization. So does that mean that soon you will be punished for tithing and giving to God in His house? It may. And if that time comes, we must obey God rather than man – and know that He will honor and uphold and bless all who do.
Do not cower. Do not be intimidated. These are biblical days. Live strongly, boldly, and powerfully as a biblical person. And may God greatly bless you this month as you do!
Your brother and co-laborer
in His love and service,