Since the Chick fil-A story broke, a lot of opinions have been sounded. Everything from accusations of intolerance by those outside the Christian community, to overwhelming support from the Christian camp and free speech advocates. However, there were a few troubling exceptions within Christendom I wish to address.
Some of my brothers in the Lord complained that the supporters of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A have undermined the Gospel with their massive outpouring, creating an US vs. THEM standoff toward the gay community. As they see it, some pursued 1st Amendment politics over the Gospel, and stained its gracious appeal. I agree with them that we always need to be mindful of how the Gospel may be perceived, but in this instance they are wrong in their accusations.
Looking through the prism of Christ’s life and His words for decision making is part and parcel of the Christian life. Conversely, it’s also important to remember those days before our conversion. It’s a good reminder of the grace we need in order to clear the confusion that ruled our past, and still does at times in the present. If it wasn’t for someone standing up from the crowd of cultural conformity, and claiming Christ as the truth, its doubtful most of us would be serving God today.
The Gospel is not silent—it is good news to be shared and sometimes shouted. It is also a sacred ointment and a rallying point to those in need—so it was with Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A. A fellow brother who took a stand for righteousness over popularity with his support of the Bible’s view of traditional marriage, and his financial support of some pro-family groups. It seems some of our own got spun by the spin doctors on cable TV.
In the end, it’s my notion that some of our Christian brethren have confused grace with silence, and silence with evangelism. Perhaps I am too old, but those combinations are oxymoronic ideas that do nothing but continue the American cultural drift toward Gomorrah. We can’t let the media frame our decision making and that is, in my mind, what some Christians did.