Chick-fil-A controversy: Should Christians pledge to ‘eat mor chikin?’
“Chick-fil-A-Gate,” as one minister dubs it, has caused quite a squawk in recent days.
The uproar ignited when the fried chicken sandwich chain’s president, Dan Cathy, told a Baptist newspaper that he backs “the biblical definition of a family.” The Associated Press breaks down the controversy:
Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.
Gay rights groups have called for a boycott, the Jim Henson Co. pulled its Muppet toys from kids’ meals, and politicians in Boston and Chicago told the chain it is not welcome there.
Across the Bible Belt, where most of the 1,600 restaurants are situated, Christian conservatives have thrown their support behind the Atlanta-based company, promising to buy chicken sandwiches and waffle fries next week on “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
On Facebook, Twitter and blogs, many members of Churches of Christ have weighed in. In a post today, Tim Pyles, minister for the Broken Arrow Church of Christ in Oklahoma, questions just how Christ-like the response from the faithful has been:
Chick-fil-A-Gate has also reminded me just how easily we Christians can get our knickers in a twist. When something doesn’t go our way (and why should things ever go our way in a world that largely does not share our faith and values?) we tend to get just as “loud and proud” as the next “victimized” group. I wish that our responses weren’t so painfully predictable when we are gigged and goaded by others. We whine, cry foul, and vehemently insist on our rights, all at the expense of gutting our witness as followers of Christ. We vainly claim persecution at the slightest offense, while believers in other parts of the world truly suffer (and sometimes die) for their faith. “When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure; when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become as the scum of the world, the dregs of all things,” (I Cor. 4:12-13). Our many liberties have spoiled American Christians into indignant discontent with being the scum and dregs of the earth; we simply won’t have it.
Reader feedback: Amid the ongoing Chick-fil-A controversy, should Christians pledge to “eat mor chikin?” What should the response of Christ followers be?