Like many of you, we experienced Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day this past week first-hand. We didn’t experience the overflow crowds most locations got, but we got a tasty breakfast for our trouble. It didn’t occur to us until later that the day became a great celebration of First Amendment freedoms on the same day that an Obama administration mandate greatly reduced those same freedoms.
We encountered friends who visited another Chick-Fil-A location at lunchtime, and they described the atmosphere as what they’d expect a grand opening to be, with the audience spontaneously breaking out into cheers and songs. Our Twitter feed overflowed with reports of long lines and smiling employees across the nation. But we didn’t see that reflected in many of the mainstream media reports we saw, and that’s to be expected.
The Huffington Post website, for example, found a Chick-Fil-A employee who identified as homosexual, recounting an atmosphere that changed over the course of the controversy from uplifting and supportive to one he didn’t want to be around anymore. It seemed totally lost on him and to the “investigative” reporter that if Chick-Fil-A was everything liberals have been saying it was, he never would have been hired in the first place.
The fact is, there were undoubtedly some people who had less than pure motives for their choice of meal on Aug. 1. And those people deserve all the scorn the mainstream media have to offer. And if you patronized Chick-Fil-A this week you probably got lumped in with anti-gay bigots just because you stood up for a company that strives to represent Jesus Christ in its business dealings.
What we’re learning is, that’s the price not only of taking a stand on a moral issue, but also the price of proclaiming faith in Christ. We can easily feel defensive about our beliefs, but it’s pretty clear in Scripture that the Gospel does not need to be defended – it needs to be proclaimed. We take our lumps for declaring what the Bible says is true, and you probably do too. But we have accepted it as an indication that we’re doing some things right as we go about our mission. If you agree, we would love to have your support, so we can keep bringing you a smart, biblical take on moral issues in the United States.
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