I've read all of the reports and blogs and commentary on the trending issues at Chick-fil-A. Honestly, I'm tired of the back and forth, but my reasons for being tired are not what you might think.
As Christians, is it really realistic for us to think that we're not going to encounter persecution for expressing our beliefs? Dan Cathy and his family have founded their company on biblical standards. I think the better questions is, why wouldn't they be persecuted?
I don't mean to say that Christians shouldn't defend the right of any Christian business to function as it pleases within the law. After all, we do live in a country that gives us this freedom of religion.
But do they discriminate?
I don't recall entering Chick-fil-A with a sign that said, "I'm a Christian! Serve me well!" And I've never seen anyone else do that either. The employees there have no more idea about my sexual orientation than they do the number of socks I have in my drawer that don't match. It seems silly to me to say that this restaurant is discriminating when the very definition of the word means to take action against someone...something they've never been accused of doing.
The fact of the matter is that our beliefs influence every part of who we are, including how we do business with the general public. Anyone who denies this is simply being foolish. All the talk of keeping religion out of everything is ridiculous because believing something changes who you are and how you treat others.
I believe it is to the Cathy's credit, that despite their belief in the sanctity of marriage between one woman and one man, they serve the general public with excellence. They have a right to believe what they want to, and I've yet to hear even one story about someone treated poorly for their differing beliefs.
But back to my earlier statement.
Is it really so far-fetched that this company, which stands strong for its beliefs, and has achieved a masterful level of success in the world, should be attacked for its values?
I think not. And I only have to look to the very Word I base my life on to find out why:
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33 ESV
I don't think it could be more clear. Jesus Himself told us we would have trouble, would be persecuted for our beliefs. And my prayer for Dan Cathy and the rest of the leadership at Chick-fil-A is that they would embrace the words of James 1:3, and move forward confident in their calling to excellence no matter what slander trials come their way...
"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."