Today I took my kids to Chick-Fil-A. We love us some Chick-Fil-A any day of the week! But as all of you know, today was special, for many reasons. First of all, as a Christian, then as a citizen of the United States and third as a mom.
Typically, I don’t ask the political affiliations of any restaurant or store that I choose to shop at. I shop somewhere because I like the food, the prices or the product and hopefully all the above. But today, I did choose to eat somewhere because my family and I felt it was the right thing to do. Christians are getting bashed from every direction. Can you feel the bumps and bruises? Think about it. How many towns are outlawing nativity scenes? Pastors being arrested for holding Bible studies in the their home? Schools can’t have prayer, Christmas parties or pageants. And God forbid if you say Merry Christmas in a store! I think you get the picture.
I remember a time here in the South not too long ago, when it was expected that you would speak your mind. It’s a part of our heritage, done with a little sugar on top of course. You didn’t have to agree with the other person, but you had enough respect to allow them to say it. You could disagree passionately, but respectfully and end the conversation as friends agreeing to disagree. Where did that go? Then I thought, when did Christians give up their voice? When did it become not ok to say “I’m a Christian and this is what I believe.”? That’s all Dan Cathy did; he expressed the belief of the company.
It doesn’t mean you have to agree with it; it is what it is, the belief of a company. You don’t have to agree with it, they didn’t ask you to. I happen to believe it and be in full support of their stand as marriage as a man and a woman and what the Bible says. But does that make me a hater? Of course not! No more than it makes the Chick-Fil-A company. I don’t go around hating other companies or people for having different beliefs than myself. I’m not boycotting Home Depot because of their stance. I happen to love their product and that’s why I shop there. Their board has the right to put their money that they make where ever they choose, just like Chick-Fil-A. But I’m sure that I will get bashed for this post and that’s ok, because you’re entitled to your opinion. But be respectful, because I’m going to be respectful towards you and your opinions even if I don’t agree.
As a Christian, I went to Chick-Fil-A to support another Christian who was being bashed. It’s time for Christians to get off their butts and let their voices be heard and stand up for our rights! I’m tired of being told by the minority what I can and can’t do. I’m tired of being told that we can’t have the Ten Commandments hanging in the courthouse or the school. I’m tired of being called a hater; I don’t hear you calling the Muslims that will kill a homosexual in a heartbeat haters. This country is getting more and more intolerant of Christians every day. But I also know that as we draw closer to the end times it will only get worse. But I intend to fight it as much as I can. So thank you to all the Christians who made a stand today. I’m so proud of you for doing it with love and without the hate speeches.
As a citizen of this country, I have the right to spend my money where ever I choose and say anything I choose. So do you. Chick-Fil-A as a company has the right to do the same thing. As does any company in the U.S. But, we are becoming so much more like a country where free speech is granted only to the select few. You know, the group that is in power. So I wanted to express my free speech by buying from Chick-Fil-A and by writing this post. You do not have to agree with me. But know this, you don’t have the right to shut me up and vice versa!
Finally as a mom I wanted to teach my teenagers that when I say something, I mean it. Teenagers today need genuine in their life more than ever. They are crying out for it! So I put my money and my writing where they could see it. Matter of fact, I’m not exactly sure if it was my idea first or one of my kids to go today. But, they each felt we should support Chick-Fil-A. I’m so proud of them and I thank my friends that supported our decision. You don’t have to support me, and that’s ok. I may not support your every decision either but I still love you!
I will say, we had so much fun today. We waited in line for one hour (amazing considering how long the line was and how crowded the store was). We never heard a complaint from anyone in line. Everyone, including the staff were all smiles. A group inside the store spontaneously started singing “Amazing Grace” and it was beautiful; everyone cheered and clapped. You could truly feel God’s blessing there today. The staff was a well oiled machine and not a single ounce of stress to be found.
Tonight, my oldest, Becca and her friend Lindsey have organized their youth group and came up with the idea to go to Chick-Fil-A together. I’ve heard of lots of youth groups doing the same thing. I’m so proud of her for standing up for what she believes in. Like mother like daughter I hope!
In short, as a Christian, I believe I need to start standing up for being a Christian and what that means and do it with love and sometimes a little righteous anger. As a citizen, I want to stand up for my beliefs just like everyone else and I don’t deserve the hatred for it and I don’t deserve to be hated for it; because I don’t hate you for having your beliefs. And as a mom, I want to teach my children Christ’s love for everyone and that as a Biblical family we stick up for each other.