Chick-fil-a boss Dan Kathy has been taking a lot of flack these days for coming out and saying that he supports the traditional view of marriage. And those who exercised their own free right to support someone who was exercising their free right to free speech by going to buy a chicken sandwich yesterday are taking the flack too.
Yesterday, we didn't see anything at all uncommon. We saw Americans doing something that has been part of our culture ever since a group of rabble rousers threw some tea overboard in the Boston harbor. They were putting action behind their beliefs. Taking a stand....backing up someone they wanted to support.
Independence and individuality is something that flows through the veins of our country's DNA. It is built into our constitution and framework of our entire belief system. But it is not always easy to know when to step up and when to back down. At what point do we act on our beliefs?
Do we act on them even if by doing so we further widen the gulf between differing views by making it about "us" versus "them?" Someone has to be the enemy. Someone has to be wrong.
Many of the comments I read opposing the support of Chick-fil-a were very troubling. It seems many people have very definite, and in my view, warped ideas about Christianity and Christians in general, most of them not favorable, some of them outright disturbing.
We were labeled, fundamentalist, racist, gluttonous, stupid, ignorant, hateful, uneducated and uninformed. And the Westboro Baptist Church kept popping up in comments, as though all Christians should be branded with that particular (and I use the term very loosely) church.
You could argue the point that if the church and Christians in general had done a better job historically of loving and reconciling people of differing viewpoints maybe this all wouldn't be an issue. But then again, no one ever loved and forgave and tried to reconcile more than Jesus, and they crucified Him for it.
Because they didn't want to hear the truth. They didn't want to be told what they were doing was wrong. Lets face it, none of us does.
And the very same spirit that existed then, continues to wreak havoc in the world today. He is our true enemy, and he has only one goal. To Kill, To Steal, To Destroy......Lives. That's been his goal from the beginning.
Hurting people sometimes strike out against something they may not even fully understand themselves. The enemy is the spirit behind the hate, and it is he who we must fight, always. Never the individuals.
There is a war we are in. But it's not us against them. It is God against all sin whatever the flavor.