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This time yesterday morning I worte an indepth post on why I was going to Chick-fil-A. Today, my heart hurts. While I was so imeresed in the poltics of the issue and supporting free speech, it didn’t truly dawn on me what the of body of Christ looked liked to America until I pulled up to that 23 car line last night, as well as when I woke up the the Holy Spirt pulling at me.
In this “Christian nation” we hear very little about the body of Christ uniting, then when the country (and it’s many nonbeleivers) do see us publicly unite, it’s for chicken. Now, don’t get me wrong, I understand why many of us went yesterday. We saw it as supporting a fellow Christain and a Christain company.
What did it look like to those nonbeleivers we should be outreaching to?
What do you think that once Christain lesbian thought as she drove by her local Chick-fil-A?
What do you think the parents of a son who just commited suicide for being bullied thought?
Christians don’t have the best repuation right now, especially with the LGBT community. What we did yesterday made those drawn lines even bolder rather then attempting erasing them.
We did not refelct Christ well yesterday. At all. And as Dan Cathy would say, I was “guilty as chareged” in doing the same. We are called to unite, but not for that, not like that. I don’t think we were bigots, or hateful, or homophobic…I just think as a body we were misprioratized on what we united for. I’m not trying to sound like one of those mushy “let’s just love everyone” people, but honestly, it would be helpful to do that first then go from there.
Let’s do what we’re called to do in Ephesiasns 4:29-32:
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Yesterday, I was selfish. I was not in the spirt. I did not benfit anyone. I was not kind. I was not compasionate. I was concerned with simply being opinated. I apologize for that. Now, I do not have anything against anyone who went to Chick-fil-A yesterday, nor people who spoke out in their support. I feel that we should just be a little reflective on we looked yesterday; my prayer is that we get our priotize straight as a body.
I’m an evil sinner.
You’re an evil sinner.
Let’s not pretend we’re not.
We know what is sin, but let’s not forget that there are many more than the ones we focused on yesterday that we do daily. Nonbeleivers, are exactly that. They don’t beleive. They don’t know God. They don’t understand, His love, grace, and mercy. We don’t show that well with days like yesterday. Before we talk about the wrath of God, we need to talk about the grace and mercy of God.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called-one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”