This is what I feel like doing sometimes, a lot lately actually. No, not because I own a PC/laptop (although it has induced this behavior), but because of something else – several things I guess – that have popped up in my Twitter and Facebook timelines over the past several weeks.
Unless you live under a rock you know that a few weeks back thousands upon thousands of people showed up at Chik-fil-a to show their support for….well, depends on who you talk to. They were either there to support the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman or they were there to support freedom of speech. Who knows, maybe they were there to support cows, I don’t know. What I do know is that it caused a huge uproar in the church world and in the secular world both.
Now, I do believe that the CEO of the company had the right to express his views on gay marriage and the family from his point of view, which happens to be a Christian perspective. I also believe that mayors and town officials should not be blocking the building of commerce in their communities because they don’t agree with the personal beliefs of the CEO, that isn’t for them to decide, especially when that company is not discriminating against anyone through who they serve their food to or who they employ within their company. Now, that’s all I have to say on that so let’s move forward.
Since that happened I have seen countless pictures with sayings and posts from people on both sides of the argument and, to be frank, I’m about ready to throw up from the deluge of crap that I see on a daily basis (yes, I understand I can filter out certain things through settings, but that’s not the point of this post). I have seen everything from “I have a right to believe what I want without being persecuted for it!” to “Why can’t I express what I want and not be considered close minded?” or “He’s being blasted for his beliefs in a country that was founded on the freedom of speech!”. Here are a few points and a few questions I offer in light of all this and discuss as you like:
- We (Christians) get ourselves into trouble when we start blurring the line between our faith and our patriotism and politics. Do they influence each other? Absolutely. Should we vote, voice our opinions, abstain from things, etc. because we live in a country that we have the freedom to do that in? Absolutely. But when our faith and politics become so intermingled that we lose sight of our purpose here on earth as sons and daughters of God, then we get into trouble.
- We (Christians) were never promised freedom of speech, rights in a certain country, or to live in a Christian nation. Jesus promised us salvation, eternal life, life abundantly, that He would take care of all of our NEEDS, among many other things – but he also said that there would be persecution, that people wouldn’t get us, that we would be aliens in a foreign land. Go and buy a chicken sandwich if you want to support freedom of speech, but don’t associate that freedom of speech as your right as a believer, it’s not. (Man I’m going to make some people upset aren’t I?)
- In our rush to prove that we are right, to prove our beliefs and values, to prove that we have rights as American – so many times we tend to trample over the very people Christ came to seek and save on our way to prove ourselves and stand up for what we believe. Is it worth trampling over the people we were called to “go into all the world and make disciples of” so that we can prove we believe that traditional marriage is the right view?
- What did going and buying a chicken sandwich and supporting freedom of speech accomplish in furthering the Kingdom of God? Maybe it did through some people or in some instances, but I’m having a hard time seeing it myself.
- Would Jesus have been standing in line for two hours to prove his right to freedom of speech or would he have been out there loving those who we were proving our right to?
I know that I’m stirring up controversy, but this whole situation just hasn’t set right with from the very beginning. I was literally sick to my stomach over the way that people were talking and reacting on both sides because I saw nothing that was helping to show God’s love to those who already feel completely ostracized by the church, instead I saw more division and more hate thrown by both sides. Are we looking at people the way that God sees them? Are we weeping over their souls? Are we anguished and hurting in our hearts because they are missing out on the most life changing relationship they could ever experience?
I know people are going to vehemently disagree with me, and that’s OK, but I want to make sure that I am following these three things in all that I do:
1. Love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength
2. Love my neighbor as myself (even the gay one who that I have to make sure all the time that I don’t agree with their lifestyle)
3. Go into all the world and make disciples
So, instead of screaming at my iPhone and computer, I’m going to discuss it with you guys because that is what this whole situation is missing right now.