Chikin Faith

August 05, 2012

This past Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of Christians stood in long lines to eat fast food. Specifically, chicken fried up in peanut oil. In doing so, they helped Chick-fil-A set a single-day sales record. And now America has been born again! Or something like that. I avoided Chick-fil-A that day--not because I was taking a side in the controversy but because I hate standing in long lines (especially for fast food) and avoid fast food except when traveling since it is not good for my wallet or waistline. Yet, somehow the eat-healthy-and-lose-weight preacher Mike Huckabee transformed into the cheerleader for Christians gorging on fast food in the name of God. How did this become the issue to galvanize Christians? Who cares if some people got upset by comments by Chick-fil-A's CEO? Let them decide to eat elsewhere. If he has free speech rights to speak against same-sex marriage, then those who disagree with him also have free speech rights to speak against him and his company. Religious rights were not being trampled. Although a few mayors suggested they would stop the company from opening new restaurants in their cities, most have already rightfully stepped away from that threat because it an illegal position since Chick-fil-A still serves everyone and follows the law. No harm, no foul (so we can still fry the fowl). Thus, there really is nothing significant to be worried about here. Yet, somehow this became depicted as a test of Christian principles with Christian groups rallying to the cause to buy truckloads of chicken sandwiches for employees and others. They will know we are Christians by our chikin? Part of Chick-fil-A's record haul came from Christian groups spending their money (received from church tithes). One would almost think this week that Jesus passed around Chick-n-Strips and barbecue sauce for the Lord's Supper. Meanwhile, while Christians filled their bellies with fried chicken and waffles fries (I am getting hungry just writing this!), millions of our neighbors in this nation remain homeless with little or nothing to eat. How many people could we have fed with reasonably-priced (and portioned) meals with the money used on this protest? In Matthew 25, Jesus said we would be judged based on how we treated the hungry, sick, and prisoners. Yet, those groups draw few lines. What an impressive display of faith it would be if hundreds of thousands of Christians stood in lines to volunteer at soup kitchens, hospitals, and prisons. Somehow I bet that would touch people more than our self-righteous fry fest.

6 comments

  1. Just so you'll know, I supported Chick-fil-A with the purchase of a delicious 180-calorie Grilled Chicken Green Salad! You touched on it--just barely--but the big issue for many in this case is the radical, no-regard-for-the-law-or-Constitution, threats of the big city mayors to a businessman affirming personally the basic tenets of his faith. Homosexual marriage is un-biblical, but the response to his saying so was un-American! That's why the response was so great.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Clarification. The last sentence refers to "response" to Appreciation Day, not the response of the mayors.

    ReplyDelete
  3. As a Christian of some 30 odd years, I am shocked to learn that being anti-gay is a "basic tenet of the faith." I must have been absent from Sunday School that day, but which creed or catechism includes that doctrine? Let's not put whether or not homosexuality is a sin in the same league as the divinity of Christ and the resurrection of the body. John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life (oh and also, being gay is a sin)."

    ReplyDelete
  4. Matt: Pro-marriage, not anti-gay. Cathy only affirmed God's design for the family and sexuality. He didn't say anything "anti-." The implication is clear simply because of the polar opposite homosexual marriage would be to that design.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for the comments. As these comments show, somehow delicious chicken has become a polarizing political and religious issue. Chuck, you are right that the mayors were wrong. I didn't touch on it more because most of them backed off the attacks and because I'm more concerned with Christian witness than a few misguided mayors. However, you are incorrect in your response to Matt. Cathy did criticize same-sex marriage (and not just offer positive comments about heterosexual marriage). However, regardless of what he said, I still don't think eating fast food somehow makes a stand for the Bible.

    ReplyDelete
  6. But it does get one a good meal, affirms a Christian-brother businessman with good morals, and sends a message to those tyrants who would take away freedom of belief and expression.

    You would need to show me his critical, negative same-sex marriage comments. I can't find them.

    ReplyDelete