On the day Breakpoint publishes an article by the same name, I feel the need to address another aspect of our current cultural Christian life.
We need to talk about Chick-fil-A.
The Breakpoint article talks about the identity politics that takes place within the LGBT movement and how, through the eyes of a gay author, have purposes that do not compliment each other. For one example, a gay man has little knowledge or interest in lesbian needs or desires.
We as Christians are doing the same thing to Chick-fil-A. We identify this organization as a leader in the marketplace for showing the faith of the founders and living it out with being closed on Sundays. Due to a sound business plan, and excellent product, this company has become one of the top fast food restaurants in the country. This is to be celebrated.
However, when Chick-fil-A changes their charity program, instead of listening to the people making the decisions, we as Christians flock to the mainstream media smear campaign. Before the press release was circulated there were stories about how Chick-fil-A “surrendered” to the LGBT movement. Christians from all walks and traditions jumped on story and retold it as if it were the Gospel.
As Christians we can no longer attack ourselves.
Fact: Chick-fil-A is the one and only organization that as a right to determine how they manage their charitable giving.
Fact: They had long term contracts with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Salvation Army. Those contracts expired, and the company adjusted their giving plan to suit the needs of the company and their community.
Fact: As Christians we are instructed (by Jesus himself) to follow a three step plan in the case of conflict or grievance…
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” – Matthew 18:15-17
So, for those writers, bloggers, pundits who have criticized Chick-fil-A in public, have you taken your grievance to the company? Have you taken your grievance to the company with witnesses? Because according to Jesus, those two steps should be done before the conflict becomes public.
Have you done so?
For those of you who have repeated and shared those public criticisms, have you verified the grievance was addressed directly with Chick-fil-A first? Or did you hit retweet or share because the title sounded juicy and gossipy?
Yes. I’m guilty of the same hypocrisy. Because I’m not going to each writer and sharer individually. But I feel that the community is off track. I feel that the Church as a whole has made a mistake.
Here is one final point, do we want to become like those who seek to divide us? Do we want to become like those that attack us with little fact or truth, but just seek an explosive headline to bring about malformed decisions? We as the Church can do better. We as the Church MUST do better.
I stand ready to discuss in public or in private.