This week Americans went to war over the chicken sandwich. This, you know. The Chick-fil-a fiasco stirred up passion, pride, and waffle cut resolution. This you also know. Yesterday’s traffic was bumper to bumper – throngs of people showing their support of Chick-fil-a’s founder, Dan Cathy, and his statement supporting marriage between a man and a woman. Supporters ranged from conservatives to Christians to free speech advocates. Many supporters said they are pro-gay, but respect Mr. Cathy’s right to freedom of speech, so they too stood in line for a number one, hold the pickles. All this you know.
What you may not know is that there is another, less conspicuous and more perplexing, conflict centered on this sandwich making saga – Christians who boycotted the boycott by supporting the buycott vs. Christians who boycotted the buycott. Let me explain.
Like many of you, yesterday I scrolled through an endless string of Chick-fil-a related Facebook comments. As I did, I noticed that the conservative Christian sentiments surrounding the event were far from unified. Several of my friends didn’t think it was right for Christians to attend the buycott because it affirms society’s negative perception of Christians being anti-gay. They said that God commands us to love others. They didn’t think that showing up would be Christ-like.
Most conservative Facebookers agreed with the buycott. Annie Durham said, “I feel the Chick-fil-A support is necessary today, but I think we have to be careful. When we are trying so hard not to step on others’ toes, we may be keeping them from seeing a loving God. We might be watering down the Gospel. When Jesus was running out the moneychangers in the temple, he ran the risk that onlookers would perceive his actions as hateful, not righteous.”
It’s almost as if we have a group of “tolerant” Christians who are zeroed in on God’s second command to “love others” more than they are focused on His first command to love Him. If we love Him, we defend His Word and our brothers and sisters like Dan Cathy.
It is sad that even people on the same side of this are divided. Conservative Christians believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. The people I know who went to Chick-Fil-A for the buycott don’t hate gay people. They were not going to send a message against gays. They were going to support a fellow Christian who was standing up for God’s Word and God’s values.
If Christian anti-buycotters subscribe to the Bible, they agree that Mr. Cathy was valid in his statement. Many of the buycotters yesterday were pro-gay, pro-freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is the very thing that allowed my nameless facebook friends to make the comments they did against the buycott. Do you think Christians should have boycotted the buycott in an effort to show their love for people or do you think Christians should have taken a stand?