Word for the Month & for Wed., March 1
Scripture: Matthew 24:10
See Message: End-Time Chicken
What do the end-times, the ‘great falling away,’ and a chain of fast food chicken have to do with each other? Most of the time – not a whole lot. But it all comes together at the end of 2019 with a story that made national headlines involving the fast food chain known as ‘Chick-fil-A.’ What took place is filled with revelation concerning the days in which we live.
Chick-fil-A was established as a Christian-based company to glorify the Lord. In 2012, Chick-fil-A president, Dan Cathy said this in an interview, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family.” Hard to believe, but the statement created an uproar. That, along with Chick-fil-A’s donations to Christian ministries, all of which, by definition of being Christian, cannot support same sex marriage or homosexuality, led to a nation-wide boycott of Chick-fil-A outlets among gay activists and those of ‘liberal’ values – simply because its president said he believed that marriage was between a man and a woman – a statement that was universally supported for thousands of years of human history.
Chick-fil-A was branded an organization of intolerance, prejudice, and hate. On college campuses across America, students rose up against the prospect of being such a radical organization on campus. Liberal politicians from California to New York actively worked to stop Chick-fil-A from opening up restaurants in their cities or airports.
And yet at the same time, because Christians rallied around the company, in the years since the attacks began, Chick-fil-A’s profits doubled, making it the number three fast-food restaurant in the world. And then, at the end of 2019, came the bombshell – it was set off by Chick-fil-A itself in an announcement intended for public consumption: The company would, in effect, cease giving to charities perceived as being anti-LGBT. Translation: Chick-fil-A would cut off all giving to any organization that had a biblical Christian view – namely that marriage is to be between a man and a woman – such as the Salvation Army. They would however donate to the organization Covenant House which openly supports gay activism and leads women to abortion clinics. It was soon discovered that Chick-fil-A had actually donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that routinely attacks Christian organizations and helped inspire a gunman to attempt to kill the employees of another Christian organization.
What does this reveal? Much. We have now reached the points where the darkness of the present apostasy is causing even Christians to cut off other Christians from help because they uphold God’s Word and refuse to go along with apostasy. This was Chick-fil-A’s test, and it has failed. But we will all be tested. Will you pass your test? Will you stand for the ways of God? This month, set out to pass your test. Stand strong. Live without compromise and pass your test. May God greatly bless you as you do!