Recently Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, gave an interview where he affirmed what the Bible clearly teaches about marriage. His comments were positive and gracious, but they have been met with an unprecedented attack from those who have a same-sex marriage agenda. There have been gross misrepresentations of what Dan actually said, protests and threatened boycotts of one of the finest restaurant chains in America in terms of products, service, and values.
I am personally thankful for Dan Cathy and the Cathy family for taking a stand that reflects their biblical convictions. They have done so with grace and kindness. Further, they discriminate against no one in their service. Anyone is welcome to frequent their restaurants. To imply anything different is simply dishonest.
August 1 has been designated as “National Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has urged those of us who appreciate the excellent food and service of Chick-fil-A to show our support by stopping by next Wednesday to buy something and also to express our appreciation. Charlotte and I intend to do both, and let me encourage you to do the same. Additionally, I would encourage you to make visiting Chick-fil-A a regular occurrence on your schedule!
This entire situation is a sad commentary on the moral slide of our nation and the “bully politics” that too often rears its ugly head. It is one thing to be a hatemonger and seek the hurt of another. It is something altogether different to take a gracious stand, rooted in biblical conviction, that only wants the best for another, and be labeled as intolerant and a bigot. The intolerance of those screaming for tolerance has become deafening. It is also, in many instances, dishonest.
Charlotte’s and my affection for Chick-fil-A goes back a long way. On our wedding night, May 27, 1978, we stopped by the original “Dwarf House” in Hapeville, GA for dinner. It was a great way to begin! And, just a few years ago, my dad died of a massive stroke as he was walking into a Bible Study class at FBC Jonesboro, GA. One of the members of that class was Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A. My dad was a member of that class less than a year, but was treated with love, respect and concern by Truett and the other men in the class.
These are interesting times. We must ask God to grant us wisdom, grace, conviction and steadfastness. As Ephesians 4:15 admonishes us, we must “speak the truth in love.” So, let’s speak. Let’s speak the truth. And, let’s make sure we always do so in love. The gospel demands it. Jesus expects it. The world needs it.