I’m going to keep this short, I’ve seen what arguing about this Chick-Fil-A can lead to. I’m only going to state what this Chick-Fil-A “Appreciation Day” has succeeded in doing. I’m going to be a little monolithic, these points may not be true for all, but according to the sum and mean of the result, they are. Appreciation day has succeeded in
- Creating Traffic Jams: Mercy! I had to drive about 10min out of the way to just not run into the traffic that spilled onto the highways near me.
- Making a bunch of rich businessmen richer: But at least they’re Christian businessmen right? I saw that someone considered it their “service to god” by going to Chick Fil-A. Which god they were speaking of, Mammon or Jesus, I’m not sure.
- For at least 1 day, made the prosperity Gospel “true”: I’m sure many Creflo Dollar’s sermon this Sunday will say something like, “C’mon Folks! Look at Chick-Fil-A! They stayed faithful to God and broke records with revenue!”
- Polarizing of the population: I skimmed my news feed on Facebook and noticed something. More people were talking about this Chick-Fil-A day then even the Olympics. That wasn’t that surprising because NBC ruined everything, but the way it was discussed stuck me in a weird way. You are either for traditional marriage and don’t like gay people or you’re for gay rights to marry. I know that there are many positions in between, both, or none at all, but that doesn’t matter now, those voices are now drowned out due to the sharp division that has been created. Now the two sides have been further divided and you have to identify with one or the other and nothing else. Simply put, things are now way more complicated.
- Alienating some of the population: This is going to be the one you’ll probably comment and fight me on, but I don’t care. I’ve had many friends say something along the following, “I’m not going to Chick-Fil-A because I hate gay people, I honestly don’t! I’m going because I just appreciate and stand behind the stance that Chick-Fil-A has made.”Personal goals are pointless when pitted against an overall goal. I once went on a “party bus” with all my roommates to hoffbrauhaus on the Southside of Pittburgh(A party bus is just a bus that drives a group of people down to a bar so everyone can get plastered drunk and no one has to drive home). Everyone went to get wasted drunk, I just went to listen to the band, enjoy my friends company, enjoy some good food, but most importantly, keep my roommates safe since they would still need a ride home from the apartment from where the bus drops people off. Looking at the group, it’s natural to include me in an overall goal to get drunk. Right? Well, wrong actually. Getting drunk is something I don’t do and spiritually disagree with, but it doesn’t matter when I’m part of a group that is given a label.That entire Chick-Fil-A Day, despite being peaceful, happy, and delicious, was an overall group statement against homosexuality while staying underneath the veil of “Appreciation for Chick-Fil-A”. Look at how many we are! Look at our numbers! Now you must submit to the rule of our majority.
Because of yesterday’s gigantic “Appreciation Day”, Homosexuals are now a little more alienated by the religious. That’s a big statement many will disagree with, but let me give you another analogy. What if Wendy from Wendy’s fast food restaurant said she doesn’t believe the sport of football should be legal to play, due to its danger. Wendy’s then comes under fire for it and a similar “appreciation day” is created to stand behind Wendy’s stance against football.
As a football player, I honestly would feel that the overwhelming population inside those Wendy’s weren’t welcoming for me…I sure hope they don’t guess I play football based on how large I am as a person. Being surrounded by so many people who are also against football would be uncomfortable to say the least. All my friends who declared it was their free speech and desire to go to those Wendy’s, it is fully their right to believe and do what they want in whatever name they feel. However, it would inevitably make me feel as though they’re against me and not just my sport.
But still, all this was done in Jesus name, so I guess that’s all that matters right?
I’ve sat around and done some thinking, I think I need to add a couple more bullets as well as state some things for clarification
- Politicians are now the Head of the Christian Church in America: Quick! Send off the white smoke! We have chosen a new Pope!…Er, Popes. Gov. Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and others are now the head of the Christian Church in the United States. This was started from politics, so why don’t Christians fully devote themselves to determining legislation in our society?
- We are becoming accustomed to the “Eye for an Eye Mentality”: When a friend heard I wasn’t in favor of “Appreciation Day”, in fact I was hesitant by it they said some things that worried me. “Who started this? Who started attacking us and protesting us and calling us bigots and homophobes?” Although I agree and think the word “bigot” and “homophobia” is exaggerated way too much and I agreed with them there, what worried me is they felt that it was their duty to respond in an equal way. They protest us, we do the opposite and give CFA all our business, and now they’re having a “kiss in”, probably some will feel compelled to act accordingly. This same train of thought makes some feel justified using violence. I once had someone tell me that “if given the chance” radical Islamic fundamentalists would chop off our head, we are fully justified in pumping them full of lead first. When will this idea of back and forth stop?
I re-read my post after a while and thought it was a little too negative, the purpose of this post wasn’t to tear down, but to just make people understand that there is MUCH more going on than eating chicken(I didn’t even reference the questionable Chick-Fil-A donations), so many more variables than at first glace. So I just want people to do a double take, and look at the direction of the highway and question if we’re going into the right direction. And with that thought, I’ll leave you with my last point.
- Proving that changing the world is possible: I’ve seen some pictures and posts where people ask “How many homeless were fed on Chick-Fil-A day? That’s what Jesus actually said.” I detest those guilt trip type of questions, but after dwelling on it I have to sit back and say, they kind of have a point. I read somewhere that if everyone who ate at Chick-Fil-A gave to the homeless, every homeless person in America could have gotten food. I’m not trying to start a debate on whether or not that is true, but basically I find it a little odd that the largest christian public statement, probably in the history of the United States, was 1.) started by a politician for a political argument/statement. And 2.) The fundamental purpose was mostly self serving. (Although I have read some reports of some people getting large orders in the drive through and then distributing it to homeless, everyone, including those spitting angry at Chick-Fil-A has to admit, that’s kind of beautiful.)
So overall, even though I disagree with “Appreciation Day” and consider it more damaging than helpful. Even though I think The American Christian Church is more influenced by politics than we realize. Even though I think that a large awakening is desperately needed in the Church, it IS possible to for this worldwide change to happen.
Take care and God bless,