It seems like every day I wake up, our culture has taken another giant step away from anything I recognize… even from the days of my own childhood (and while at 46 years of age I do feel old sometimes, my childhood wasn’t that long ago). Times, they are a changin’. I get that. But like the world of computers and internet… the change seems to be exponential and often without much reflection.
The latest maelstrom is over remarks made by the CEO of Chick-fil-A. Having now read the remarks he actually made, I’m scratching my head, wondering why all the fuss. I recently read something John Piper said to the effect that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to address the subject of homosexuality, even compassionately, without being demonized. Well, it doesn’t appear that the CEO of Chick-fil-A even had that topic on his radar screen yet he and his company are still being demonized.
My understanding is that August 1st is going to be a day to boycott Chick-fil-A for these atrocities against humanity. I plan on eating there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on that day. It seems to me that making so much over the remarks made by the Chick-fil-A CEO trivializes legitimate acts and words of discrimination. I feel (truly I do) for any group that is discriminated against… but is simply ”feeling” discriminated against always the same thing as actual discrimination? This particular case doesn’t seem close to resembling discrimination and hate speech.
If all I have to do is “feel” discriminated against to raise the issue, then I would like to charge the media, pop-culture icons, etc., with discrimination and hate speech against Christians who still hold to classical, biblical orthodoxy. Such religious discrimination seems to be the only officially acceptable form of discrimination in today’s world. And don’t even think about arguing with me… because this is the way I “feel.”
I think James Emery White’s post today clarifies and sums up everything I’m trying to say… only much, much better. Here’s an excerpt…
Every now and then an event comes along that offers a unique reflection of our world. A mirror, if you will, of what our culture has become.One took place this past week through the catalyst of three words from the CEO of a restaurant chain:“Guilty as charged.”Dan Cathy, president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, gave an interview to Baptist Press. Correctly saying that there is no such thing as a “Christian business,” he did offer that organizations such as his can operate on biblical principles “asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have.”Then came the match that lit the fire.When asked about the company’s support of the traditional family, Cathy simply said, “Well, guilty as charged.”
- Squawking Over Chick-fil-A byEric Metaxas at Christian Post
- Chick-fil-A Day at Baptist Press
- Chick-fil-A and the Irony of the Tolerance Police by Denny Burk
- The Chick-fil-A Firestorm by Gene Edward Veith