Decades before Billy Graham became a world-wide recognized evangelist of the Gospel of Christ, he worked on his father’s dairy farm. He has often told how he got up early in the morning to milk the cows.
For now, his appetite is turning more toward supporting his friend Truett Cathy and his son, Dan. According to his web site at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, a statement made by him has been released.
The Cathy’s are the owners of the billion-dollar restaurant chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, and other food items made from chicken. Their famous ads using cows instead of chickens are nationally known and recognized.
However, the Cathy’s didn’t just recently “get religion” and jump on the band wagon supporting traditional marriage; this company has always operated on the basis of their Christian faith. They have long been known for their refusal to be open on Sundays. They felt Sunday should be set aside so that their employees could go to church if they chose; and so that employees could have a day of rest; and time to spend with their families.
I am sure when they started their little business that they felt working six days a week was enough; and because they were Christians, they wanted to go to church as well. They have always supported strong family values, and their business success has been built on those values.
The gay community for centuries hid their identities, and their lifestyles, since the Bible speaks boldly against physical relationships between like sexes. Over the last few decades as they have begun to more openly take pride in who they are and how they choose to live their lives, they have also become more vocal about bashing the Christian faith.
It is almost as if they can force the Christian faith to deny what they believe and what the Bible, their Holy Book, teaches them so that they will be more accepted and vindicated in their own eyes for the lifestyle that they live.
If America takes on the task of persecuting everyone for the way they believe, then we will have lost the greatest freedom that our country was dedicated to from the beginning – freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Even the ACLU of Illinois agrees.
Never once have I ever heard any of the Cathy family make derogatory statements against any group of people. But with the volatile uprising, we are seeing all across the US where groups are being pitted against one another for political reasons, it seems this was the golden opportunity for the gay community to take offense against Dan Cathy; and thus the Chick-fil-A chain.
Do they think for one moment that their conduct of recent times will endear them to the very people they are trying to convince? It seems to be having just the opposite effect as they are now doing what they have for decades accused others of doing – being intolerant.
It is not enough that they now have more freedom to live their lives as they choose, but for some reason, they seem to need the approval of others. And they want that freedom denied to others.
Except for some weird, off the wall, so-called churches like Westboro, you do not hear churches of any faith demeaning people of any category. They know that they, too, are just sinners saved by God’s Grace. And they know that God did not appoint them judge and jury over anyone; but gave them the admonition that they should simply share the Gospel to all who would hear; and then to move on.
Most Americans are familiar with the verse John 3:16; however, some are not familiar with verses 17-19 which speaks to all the people of the world – not just gays or Christians; but to all the world.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:17-19
In God’s eyes, there are no big and little sins – sin is sin and no one is sinless; no not one (except Jesus). We are not to judge the one who has a speck in their eye when we have a piece of lumber in our own eye. Read more in Ephesians 4 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+4&version=KJV
There is actually a scripture that says once the disciples had witnessed and taught, and if they were not received, they were to actually shake the dust from their feet and leave that area – leaving behind any connection to that city. It was only their work to share.
Everyone will stand before God as an individual. People will not be admitted or denied entrance into heaven based on what others have done or not done; and not on any good deeds done by the individual – but on the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross.
The Rev. Billy Graham has preached to untold millions of people all across the world; and to be true to his faith and understanding of God’s Word – he, too, believes that marriage is to be between one man and one woman.
God planned for three separate institutions – and in the right order. He first created the family – one man and one woman – He then created the church – and then finally the government. The first was to support the family, the second to provide for worship, and the third to organize so that man could live peaceably and safe among each other.
Billy Graham released the following statement from his home in Montreat, N.C. yesterday, July 26, 2012.
“I want to express my support for my good friends Truett Cathy and his son Dan Cathy, and for their strong stand for the Christian faith. I’ve known their family for many years and have watched them grow Chick-fil-A into one of the best businesses in America while never compromising their values. Chick-fil-A serves each of its customers with excellence, and treats everyone like a neighbor. It’s easy to see why Chick-fil-A has become so popular across America.
Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s word. I appreciate the Cathy family’s public support for God’s definition of marriage.
I also appreciate Governor Mike Huckabee’s leadership and for encouraging Americans to support Chick-fil-A on August 1. As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to “Eat Mor Chikin” and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday.
Billy Graham is a strong advocate for the biblical definition of marriage and recently stated his public support for the marriage amendment in his home state of North Carolina, which voters resoundingly passed on May 8.
For further information, you may wish to read another article that was published by the Christian Science Monitor via the Associated Press. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0727/Chick-fil-A-Culture-war-in-a-chicken-sandwich