The Gospel Of The Chick-Fil-A Mess
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have heard about the Chick-Fil-A brouhaha over the past several days. This entire situation has elicited strong feelings on both sides. I’ve made a few comments in a few places, some I wish I hadn’t, but I’ve tried to step back and think of what this whole deal is really all about.
Many people are supporting Chick-Fil-A’s stance on supporting traditional marriage. They consider them a Christian company because they close on Sundays and try to run their company by Christian values. Chick-Fil-A has become the poster child of businesses for many of us who call ourselves Christian.
What we hear is the gospel of Chick-Fil-A. Christian values and Christian principles with some chicken and waffle fries thrown in to boot.
On the other side, we have people, many who claim Christ as Savior, who are supporting the boycotts against Chick-Fil-A. These folks promote equality. They promote progressive thought and change. They stand for those they consider the underdog.
What we hear is the gospel of civil rights. Fairness and equality, with societal change tossed in.
After stepping back and thinking, listening, reading and keeping my mouth shut (but maybe not as much as I should) I’ve come to my definitive thought on this entire situation.
I have not heard the Gospel in any of it from either side.
Yes, I’ve heard values. Yes, I’ve heard principles. I’ve heard fairness. I’ve heard equality.
I’ve not heard any good news. I’ve not heard THE good news.
I’ve not heard Christ promoted yet.
I’ve not heard of His death, burial and resurrection.
I’ve not heard of him appearing before Peter and the other disciples.
I’ve not heard about him appearing to five hundred others.
I’ve not heard about him appearing to Paul
That is good news. That is THE Gospel.
All of us, on each side, get so side-tracked. Christ left us here to make disciples. The means of doing that is to proclaim the gospel.
We don’t make disciples of Christ by promoting marriage or chicken shacks.
We don’t make disciples of Christ by promoting equality, fairness or civil rights.
We make disciples by going, teaching and baptizing.
We need to get back to what we should be doing.
We need to proclaim the Gospel.
Are you proclaiming the gospel of Chick-Fil-A, Civil Rights or Jesus Christ?