Judging by the title of this post, you could probably tell that it has to do with Chick-fil-a. For those of you who haven’t heard about the Chick-fil-a “controversy” I don’t know where you’ve been lately, because it has been one of the hottest topics in America over the past week. The “controversy” stems from President Dan Cathy’s remark “guilty as charged” in an interview where he was asked if he supported a traditional family opposed to gay marriage.
But, this isn’t the only time Mr. Cathy has made such remarks. In a recent radio interview Cathy directly addressed the issue of gay marriage: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’ I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we can try to define what marriage is all about.”
Those are strong words, but they speak a great truth. However, by speaking such a truth, Mr. Cathy has received much disapproval, as well as much hatred toward his company. I’m sure this hatred is hurtful to Mr. Cathy, but I am also sure that his attitude is much like the Apostle Paul’s in Galatians 1:10.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
By having that attitude Mr. Cathy has taken on much scrutiny. The mayor of Boston promised to deny any building permits requested by Chick-fil-a. Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, said, “Chick-fil-a values are not Chicago values. Also, gay rights groups such as GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), have encouraged people to boycott the company. Chick-fil-a has even been labeled as a hate group. All of these comments and reactions are a result of Mr. Cathy’s remarks.
But, unlike some people, I find this acts against Chick-fil-a very encouraging. They are, in fact, refreshing to my soul. You might be wondering why I find the persecution of another Christian refreshing. It is because I see the scriptures coming alive through this. In particular Philippians 1:27-30.
“Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”
Mr. Cathy did not fear what those who were opposed to him might think when he said what he did. And as a result he is suffering in the name of Christ. This should not be something that sit back and marvel at. It should not be something we just discuss. Rather, we should strive to live boldly for Christ in response to Mr. Cathy’s example. He took a tremendous risk for Christ, he basically put his company’s business in jeopardy. But, he understood that Christ was more important than anything this world could offer him; and what Christ thought of him was more important than what people thought of him.
So, as you go on through your daily life, recognize the stand Mr. Cathy took for Christ. Strive to set a similar example in every conversation you have. Regardless of what people might say about you, or the opinions they may form about you. Live to please Christ, and don’t be afraid to suffer. Because your life in Him is more significant than anything this world can offer.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:11