If you’ve been around here for very long you know that I can get up on the soapbox when it comes to people being judgmental. Not that I claim to be perfect… far from it in fact! I actually rip on myself quite a bit here at I’m Just Thinkin’. However, I have written more than once on the topic of gay people…
Yes, I do stick up for gay people… and I’ve been called “Outdoorsy Metro”... but I’m no sissy. They said the same thing about Bond… James Bond… ”James Bond is very metro in a lot of ways. He ain’t no sissy but he has excellent taste.” So I guess I’m in good company there, right?
I’ve even been hit on by gay guys. This doesn’t really bother me either. Yes, I’ve written about this before too. I think it doesn’t bother me in part because I’m extremely comfortable with my own sexuality. I think that’s why gays bother some people, they’re simply not all that comfortable in their own skin. That, and maybe because they’re different, I guess.
Finally, I’ve written about gay people showing up at church… fishing for men… and “don we now our gay apparel” … I think this one is worth reading in its entirety too
So you’re probably wondering why I would be a Chick-Fil-Anthropist at the moment, right? (btw, I am using philanthropist in the etymologically meaning… “for the love of humanity”).
Recently, Dan Cathy said his company backs the traditional family unit. Here’s the clip…
“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
“We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles,” he added.
So the world went into a bit of an uproar through social media… and since I write about popular culture, gays and God it ended up here today too
I personally like Chick-Fil-A. I like chicken. I like the fact they take a day of rest.
Since I like both gays and Chick-Fil-A you may be wondering how I can like them both?
I don’t feel like I have to bend my belief to walk into Chick-Fil-A… or to treat gay people just the same as anyone else.
Here’s the part of this whole funky chicken story that puts me on board with Chick-Fil-A…
Chick-fil-A said last week, as the controversy was heating up, that its culture and service tradition “is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”
At first glance this sort of sounds like the Equal Employment Opportunity language… however, it also has the endearing tune of something that Jesus would say. This is the kind of place that anyone should feel comfortable walking into.
To me, here’s the bottom line on this whole judgmental thing…
“Therefore, judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.” 1 Corinthians 4:5.
You know, there are a lot of things that happen… words that are tossed around… actions that we can try and assess right from wrong… but in the end it is only God who judges right from wrong… and the darkness from the light.
Anybody that can talk that talk AND walk that walk is A-OK in my book. The statements that Dan Cathy and Chick-Fil-A made aren’t ones to casually just toss out there. I’m guessing that if they’re bold enough to say that gay’s and the like are welcome at Chick-Fil-A that they’re also welcome at their church, right? I personally think that’s pretty cool… and that’s why you’ll find me at Chick-Fil-A. I may even bring a gay friend too
I’m not going to try to judge Chick-Fil-A any more that I would a gay guy or anyone else. It’s really not my place. It is my place to do one thing: Love my neighbor as myself. If I do just that… all is well with my soul.
Q: What’s your take on the Chick-Fil-A situation? Are you a Chick-Fil-Anthropist?