Why is a Chick-Fil-a Sandwich so Controversial?
It’s Chick-fil-a Day!
On July 16th the President and COO of Chick-fil-a, Dan Cathy, was interviewed by K. Allan Blume, of the Biblical Recorder. The interview is an interesting read into the life of a man who is trying to live out the Christian life in the context of the business world, just like his dad, Truett, did. The story was picked up carried by the Baptist Press.
And since then the story has gone viral with every major media outlet in the country picking it up.
Why the controversy?
That’s a great question. The Biblical Recorder didn’t see it coming. Baptist Press certainly didn’t anticipate it. What happened? What caused Conan O'Brien to tweet “It’s hard to believe that the greatest division in American politics these days is “pro-“ or “anti-Chick-fil-A.”
Dan Cathy had a comment that was culturally challenging. It was really just a small comment, almost a side note to the interview. Dan Cathy, his family, and Chick-fil-a support “traditional family values.”
K. Allan Bume stated “Some have opposed the company's support of the traditional family.”
We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit.
Cathy’s reply? Just what you would expect. "Well, guilty as charged…” “We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
It is pretty hard to read the quote and figure out what was so controversial. Doesn’t Dan Cathy have a right to express his own opinion? This is still America, isn’t it?
The response of the world.
In a short time Mayor Menino of Boston declared that Chick-fil-a was not welcome in Boston. "The values expressed by the restaurant chain do not reflect the values of Boston." Really? Not to be out done Mayor Emanuel of Chicago soon declared they were not welcome in Chicago either. Soon, San Fransisco joined in. Isn’t that discrimination at some level? Are families still welcome in Chicago and Boston? This is still America, isn’t it?
Soon the cries of boycott and pledges of support filled the air. Everyone it seems has chosen sides. In the heat of the moment everyone seems to be screaming “Are you 'for' or 'against'?”
As Christians four things seem to important in our response.
Do something! Pray for Dan Cathy. Use this as an opportunity to engage someone in the gay community in a conversation about God. Talk to your family about tradional marriage.
Or to put it another way, speak the truth in love. Screaming and a poisonous diatribe are unbecoming for a Christian. We must love others, love sinners, and even love our enemies. Or as your mother said, "play nice".
3. What does God say about it?
God created marriage. It is His design, His idea. Therefore He is the one that gets to define it. In the beginning He made marriage. Jesus explained it in many places but, just this one will suffice.
6 “But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE.
7 “FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER,
8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
In the beginning God created them male and female, and brought the woman to the man and joined them together in marriage.
4. Eat at Chick-fil-a
Ok, maybe this is not very spiritual, but they have great food!
Wrapping it up.
Thank God for the Cathy family and their committment to God. They have taken a hard stand and faced a withering, brutal personal attack. Pray for the family.
Regardless of our personal opinions or desires, God makes the call and that is the end of the story. As Christians we have no choice but to stand on the truth of the Word. It matters. God’s opinion is the only one that counts and the place to find that is in Scripture.
You know by now we love telling you about resources available to help you in your walk. In this post we want to recommend two. We have two studies in the 40 Minute series that would be extremely helpful as you enter into the fray.
Check them out. With all of this in the news this is a great time to have a family talk about the values of purity and marriage. Sit down with your family and the Bible. Help them understand what God says about sex and marriage. Do it soon, before someone in the world teaches them to embrace opnion over truth.