So is this why the chicken crossed the road?
The recent firestorm surrounding the president of Chick-Fil-A and the company because of his support of the Biblical and traditional definition of marriage has placed gay marriage in the headlines once again. This time the issue has a unpredicted participant and that is the well beloved fast food chain. The president of Chick-Fli-A placed himself and the company into the conversation of cultural significance. Now Chick- Fil-A is becoming a symbol for both sides of the street and locally in the DFW area Southwestern Baptist Seminary has publicly given their support to the restaurant.
Over the years I have enjoyed the food at Chick-Fil-A and was aware of the Christian influence in the company. However, never in my wildest thoughts could I’ve imagined this company with the tastiest nuggets and lemonade on earth would be criticized for saying marriage is between a man and a woman. After all it’s not a unheard of idea. Their president Dan Cathy simply said he supports the definition that has always existed and which does not discriminate against anyone regardless of their nationality, creed, religion, sex or even sexual attraction. Yes, even homosexuals have the legal right to marry any one they wish as long as that person is the opposite sex.
If it is not clear by now I do support what Mr. Cathy said. However, he is not the poster boy for the definition of marriage but the scriptures. The biblical text does not support same gender marriage in any shape of form. What Mr. Cathy stated is simply his agreement with the biblical teaching on marriage. These are his beliefs and his opinions and for a society that is attempting to define itself as open minded and tolerant it is clear this only applies if a person supports those new open minded and tolerant views. The anger directed toward Mr. Cathy and Chick-fil-a has proven censorship and intolerance is alive and well in many who demand such attitudes from those who oppose such things as gay marriage.
It is pleasing to see such institutions as the Southwestern Baptist Seminary publicly send their support to Mr. Cathy. I say this not just because I also oppose same-sex marriage but because Mr. Cathy is a fellow believer in Christ. It is of high importance for fellow believers to stand with and support our brothers and sisters especially when they are taking a public beating because of correct biblical beliefs. The church (born again believers in Christ) have a responsibility to love and support each other so when our respected institutions begin to do just that it is of great encouragement to the believer especially if it could come at a cost.
The issue of gay marriage is not leaving the public square anytime soon. If even stranger turns and developments occur regarding this issue I am not sure I will be surprised the next time around. However, I do believe the chances of seeing inconsistent even hypocritical attitudes from those who place themselves as the examples of diversity, tolerance and acceptance is high. The church is widely seen as hypocritical and judgmental. The example of some in their response to Chick-Fil-a and Mr. Cathy has proven the church isn’t the only ones.
Maybe it’s big cultural game of chicken.