I do not generally engage in political debates or express a dissenting personal opinion on social issues in a public forum. I do certainly have my own beliefs of which I am not ashamed, but as a classic people-pleaser I tend to avoid conflict as much as possible, and most of the time I choose to remain tactfully silent at another’s expression of opposing beliefs.
The last week I have found myself struggling against anger over much of the Chick-fil-A controversy. I think what has bothered me the most is the way I’ve seen words twisted and taken out of context, on both sides of the argument. Most infuriating to me is that people will attack based on hearsay, without seeking out the facts for themselves. I think we can all agree that some can and will find a way to spin a story in a direction it shouldn’t go, in order to push their own agenda.
I would ask that before you take to heart any other person’s interpretation of this whole situation, that you go to the source and decide for yourself what you believe about Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. Read the actual article with the interview, which you can see here.
Here’s the way I see it. This is a man that is speaking about putting faith into practice. Walking the talk. This article is focused on some very positive things. It’s not attacking anyone, or any particular lifestyle. It is talking about taking our beliefs and applying them to every aspect of our daily lives. My favorite quote is “His goal in the workplace is ‘to take biblical truth and put skin on it’.”
I am a Christian, as I hope will not be a surprise to those that know me. I believe that God is love. He loves every man, woman and child and desires a personal relationship with each one of us. But there are choices that we can make in this life that can build a wall between ourselves and God, making that relationship difficult.
I have many friends and family members with differing opinions, beliefs and lifestyles, and I love each and every one of them. Every single one of these people has done things at one time or another that I don’t agree with, but that doesn’t change my love and respect for them as people. I am SO far from perfect. I have my own struggles that I continue to battle with, but I continue striving to become a better person, and more like Christ each day.
I pray that as I continue to seek His will, that I will be able to put skin to the Truth He continues to reveal to me. I believe this will require that I no longer remain in my complacent people-pleasing shell, and when push comes to shove, I need to take a stand for what’s right.