This Chicken is no Coward!

During the summer of 2012, a first time earth-visitor would wonder just what this villain Dan Cathy had done. After all, government leaders, celebrities, and droves of common citizens railed against him and his Chick-Fil-A company threatening boycotts and calling them bigoted, intolerant, discriminatory and other slurs unfit for print.

Could he be CEO of the company that paid a $210 million settlement related to federal charges of deceptive marketing tactics against its customers?

No. That company is Capital One.

Perhaps he ran a government gun-walking, “Fast and Furious” scheme that put weapons into the hands of Mexican criminals, resulting in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry?

No, that would be the United States government.

Doesn’t he produce movies and television programming so violent, virulent and vile that they regularly inspire and encourage sexual immorality, suicide and mass murder?

Nope, that culprit is Hollywood.

Dan Cathy is president of a family-owned chicken sandwich chain of 1600 plus restaurants. The offense he committed was to exercise his free speech right and share a biblically-based view on the merits of traditional marriage. That’s it. Period. End of Story. He didn’t shout, swear, get personal, lie, cheat, flip the bird, steal, embezzle, dodge taxes, commit adultery, father an illegitimate child, threaten or kill. He merely spoke biblical truth from his heart. Secular society’s response: “How dare you!”

“Did he really say that out loud?”

The fact that Chick-Fil-A is owned by a Christian family who lives and promotes biblical principles is no secret. Most know they don’t open on Sundays, and many are aware their WinShape Foundation supports long-term foster care programs, summer camps for more than 1900 kids annually, scholarships, marriage enrichment retreats, and more. What has offended a pagan populace is that Dan Cathy is convicted and courageous enough to publicly articulate his belief in the Bible’s definition of traditional marriage. In fact, someone like Cathy, who fears God more than men has always confounded secularists; they can’t sway, intimidate or control such people; thus they demonize them. His boldness also unsettles two groups of Christians:

  1. The “Christians-lite”; a churchgoer who readily confesses Christ with his mouth but denies Him with his lifestyle.
  2. The faithless Christian businessperson: he remains silent amidst social controversies fearing it will hurt business, not trusting God to replace what he may lose through his obedience.

“His views are antiquated!”

The outcry over Cathy’s promotion of traditional marriage might leave one to believe his stance is fringe when the opposite is true. Actually, the fact a far-left president, media, and entertainment industry supports same-sex marriage is evidence it isn’t mainstream; a fact proven by polls showing most Americans oppose it. Further evidence of its unpopularity is the reality that in thirty-two states where citizens had an opportunity by ballot to express their preference for traditional marriage, they did so thirty-two times.

The charges levied against Cathy and Chick-Fil-A by his detractors can be summed up in six words: bigotry, intolerant, discriminatory, and not inclusive. Are these accusations valid? Judge for yourself:

Bigotry

“Dan Cathy is a bigot!”

Morality isn’t bigotry. If it were, God would be history’s most renowned bigot. After all, He outlined uncompromising stances on sins like adultery, lying and homosexuality throughout the Bible.

To clarify the bigotry issue, consider that the dictionary defines a bigot as: a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices. Ironically, by definition, those attacking and threatening a Christian like Cathy because of his biblical convictions are themselves guilty of religious bigotry and discrimination.

“Pssst…Christians are low-hanging fruit.”

It’s ironic that celebrities, politicians, and ordinary citizens quick to chastise Christians who promote traditional marriage give a free pass to Persian and Arab countries where homosexuals are imprisoned and executed. Evidently, it requires less courage and risk to bully a Christian and boycott his chicken sandwich than to offend a Saudi and refuse his oil. Perhaps by turning Chick-Fil-A into a high profile piñata, same-sex proponents expect to make the price of opposition to gay marriage so steep others will cower from publicly living their values.

“What does God say about homosexuality and marriage?”

Like all Bible-believing Christians, Cathy bases his values on the word of God, who he believes knows better than us how we should live.  To understand a genuine Christ-follower’s position you must know what the Bible says about both homosexuality and marriage.

The Bible describes homosexuality as a grave sin (Gen. 18:20), declares that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), and labels it a shameful error punishable by a penalty you’ll receive within your soul (Romans 1:26-27).  It also refers to homosexuality—not homosexuals—as an abomination (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13). The definition of abomination is “loathsome and disgusting.” Incidentally, if these scriptures offend you, your argument is with God, not with Christians like Cathy.

God defines marriage in Genesis 2 as being between a man and a woman; Jesus reaffirms this in Matthew 19. This makes clear how God expects marriage to be carried out. Isn’t Dan Cathy permitted to say aloud what his God has declared to be true? Or in America do we now tolerate free speech from everyone except Christians?

Many today—including misguided Christians—argue we must change the definition of marriage to “fit modern culture”. However, Christ-followers who actually read their Bibles dismiss this error based on the words of Proverbs 30:6:  Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar and Deuteronomy 4:2: Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.

Clearly, when prideful society attempts to defy its Designer and revise His words to accommodate their lusts, Cathy, and like-minded Christians draw a line. Why? God’s word doesn’t need anyone’s help.

Intolerant, discriminatory and not inclusive

“Dan Cathy is intolerant and discriminates!”

Gay activists want you to believe that to avoid being intolerant you must endorse homosexuality, despite your religious convictions. Total nonsense; the difference between being intolerant and principled is determined by the moral foundation on which one bases his stand.

Example 1: Cathy’s opposition to same-sex marriage is based on a perfect and loving Creator’s infinite wisdom, clearly rendering his stand to oppose God’s wishes as principled.

Example 2: Christians hating homosexuals are guilty of intolerance because their stand has no moral basis; in fact it contradicts Christ’s command in John 13:34: As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Example 3: Cathy accusers, like the mayor of Chicago, who know that Cathy’s position against gay marriage is based on the Bible, but assert “Chick-Fil-A’s (the Bible’s) values aren’t Chicago’s values” and threaten to keep his company out of their city because of their Christian beliefs are guilty of bigotry, intolerance and religious discrimination.

Frankly, the accusations that Chick-Fil-A discriminates against homosexuals are foolish. The press would have you believe there is a separate entrance, dining area, restroom and water fountain for gays, and would prefer you remain ignorant of Chick-Fil-A’s Facebook page which  affirms:  “The Chick-Fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect—regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

As for claims the company’s stand against same-sex marriage makes them “not inclusive”, detractors should try to understand that inclusivity in Christianity means loving all, but not sanitizing, compromising with, legitimizing, accepting or validating sin. They also need to grasp that if, to be hailed as inclusive, a Christ-follower must endorse or promote behaviors God has called abominable the Christian is content to fail completely.

I have always loved Chick-Fil-A’s food, service, culture and leadership. However, in a world where even venerable Christian institutions no longer shape culture, but are shaped by it I more than ever appreciate their unflinching courage to articulate and live Christian convictions—regardless of the cost. I believe God will replace every customer boycotting them and then some. Speaking for my family and myself, we’re delighted to eat their share.

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