The television networks are abuzz and the internet websites are in a flurry as reports come in on the Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. One newspaper offers readers another way to handle the support for Chick-Fil-A: Sally Quinn urged gays to infiltrate the Christian business (check out her article/link). In part, Quinn writes:
"Gays and lesbians could start applying for jobs at Chick-fil-A. Get in there. Become managers, take over the places. Gays could begin patronizing Chick-fil-As and I don’t mean carry out. Make the restaurants the gay hangouts of the community. Gay partners and Married gays could begin taking their children there. They could start having birthday parties for their kids. They could have Gay pride events there. (They have an events manager – just call) They could even have gay weddings there."
New Mexico pastor, Howell Scott, published a piece his blog about the whole thing but it was one statement he wrote in the comment streams that grabbed my attention and made me think deeper on the matter.
"It will be interesting to see how Christians respond in the days ahead, now that the hoopla surrounding the National Day of Appreciation for CFA has passed. Will we go back to our unengaged lives and become oblivious to the subtle and not-so-subtle attacks on our religious liberty and free speech that take place on a daily basis? Will we become complacent? Or, will we continue to “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints?”" Howell Scott of From Law 2 Grace
It does make one wonder if all the ruffled feathers in the "hoopla" are simply a one-time emotional outpouring of ire or another wake-up call to Christians everywhere. In my thinking, the incident is not so much about whether gays are boycotting Chick-Fil-A or hetero-sexuals are supporting the restaurant in counter-protest. It's about the subtle, but continual battering upon the walls of Christian beliefs, religous freedom, and civil liberties. For example, what if Christians had said they were going to, not only boycott JC Penney, but the mayors of Louisville, Dallas, and Atlanta announced they were not going to allow JC Penney to open a business in their cities because their CEO supports gay-marriage? What if?
As far as I can tell, this is the wishbone of the chicken this debate. This is the position that we all must consider in our free America. After the bones are picked clean, who is going to get the short side of the bone? Are we to assume that one person's personal views should dictate the right to open a business within the parameters of the law? Has there been some new amendment to the U.S. Constitution that exempts Chicago and Boston from complying with the law of the land? If mayors who dance with the president have the authority to keep businesses to come into their cities and sell chicken sandwiches, what next? Churches that preach that homosexuality is a sin? Private schools that promote marriage is between a man and a woman? Will licenses be refused to Christians who want to open all businesses? Will there be some kind of vetting to get a license to operate a Christian business: a Mardel's, a Hobby Lobby, an Interstate Battery store? Will anyone who owns a business be forced to shut up or be shut down? Must they be politically correct, or lose an opportunity to feed their family? Will they turn off Christian radio stations and television programing?
If you think not, then think again. They may not be able to legally do it, but they can make business so difficult for Christians that they will be silenced. The mayors of Chicago and Boston boldly proclaimed there was no way Chick-Fil-A could do business in their cities. Sure, these businesses can fight it in the courts, but at what cost?
Steubenville, Ohio is removing the cross and a chapel silhouette from their city logos to avoid a lawsuit by one disgruntled citizen in their town. People are demanding the removal of crosses from graves of soldiers in military cemeteries. The law of the land forces religious institutions to provide drugs to support abortions for people they insure.
There is more to chew on than a chicken nugget these days. There is more than one day of appreciation at stake. Much more. And when business owners stop and count the cost, they may find it more than they can handle. We shall see. selahV