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For The Love of Chicken & Values

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Unless you live under a rock, you've heard the news about Chick-fil-A being the place to boycott.  I've spent the last few days trying to understand all the crazy.  The fact that this is a Christian company has been a long standing given.  The Cathy family started their company on Christian values and have always chosen to honor God with their business practices.  The controversy going on this week is almost laughable, if it weren't so sad.  The statement given by company president Dan Cathy brought out the claws on same-sex supporters.  Which brings to question–who is really intolerant here?  


Cathy told Baptist Press that the company was unapologetically in favor of traditional marriage.

“Guilty as charged,” he said. “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

The controversy spiraled from there.  The company has been accused of being hate-filled bigots because they stand firm on God's word.  No matter where you turn, you've surely run into someone voicing their opinion (which I'm finding is ok, unless you're a Christian).  Facebook has been inundated with pro Chick-fil-A supporters and counter-attacks alike.  It's even gone so far as big city mayor's speaking out against Chick-fil-A.  


I'm not a resident of Chicago (but I live nearby) and I am offended by the mayor, who is known for helping 2 Presidents achieve the Oval Office by opposing gay marriage.  My how the times have changed, Mr. Emanuel.  Uhhm, hello…First Amendment?  Since when did local mayors stop giving out business licenses to companies they disagree with politically?  In America?  The land of opportunity & free enterprise?

The mayor of Boston, challenging his city to not lease out property to anyone affiliated with Chick-fil-A…..really?  I sincerely hope you're not serious.  People of Boston, stand firm.  My prayer is that this mayor isn't the voice of all Bostonians and you can bet your sweet biffy…I'll be praying for your city.

If you're a supporter of same-sex marriage, that's your choice.  Why is it called hate for me (or other's who follow Christian values) to not agree?  As a Christian, I choose to never use hate against anyone because they believe differently than me.  But that seems to be the first response from the homosexual community.  Viciousness, mean-spiritedness, ridicule and all-out attack.

I am grateful for the Cathy family and what they've done for community after community.  Chick-fil-A has stood the test of time and proven they are more than just a Christian company.  The WinShape program within the company is responsible for 11 foster care homes in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.  This, just one of the many ways the Cathy's give back.  

For those who want to lump Chick-fil-A into something meant for harm by standing up for "Christian values"  they seem to be missing something very important.  This is a free country (for now) and each of us have a choice….whether it be to eat meals at a restaurant that loves Jesus or to drive a foreign car.  We get to pick.  And for me….I choose to do both!


"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15


For more info on S. Truett Cathy.  Go here.

For info on Chick-fil-A.  Go here.

Also, be sure to stop in and buy a yummy chicken sandwich on August 1st.  Don't miss out on their lemonade or icecream either.  Both are the best you'll find anywhere!