Are we as outraged by Syria as we are by Chick-fil-A?

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Normally I don’t enter into headline news type conversations – especially political ones. To be honest, I usually don’t think I’m smart enough to say anything of value, or I don’t feel I understand the issue or care passionately enough to enter the dialog. Not to mention there typically is more than enough dialog going on. But this one is stirring in my head, my heart and it was worked its way to my fingers, which have moved to the computer this morning.

Chick-fil-A…oh my goodness.

First of all, the news clip I watched yesterday and in the article I read this morning, what I heard and read was that Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” of supporting the traditional family. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit…” I then went and read the entire article in the Baptist Press. You can read it here. (I believe it’s good to read with your own eyes and not believe what the media is shouting through headlines…maybe I’m smarter than I think.)

What really pushed me into the conversation is that I’m so sick and tired of the media and celebrities and organizations turning a stand FOR something into a stand AGAINST something. What is wrong with us that we so strongly bash a privately held company – that has experienced 44 consecutive years of positive sales growth – in an economy that NEEDS sales growth (!!) – who this year is expected to generate more than $60 million in economic impact through TWO (never done before) Kick-Off Bowl games.. Yeah – lets bash that company, who needs that kind of economic infusion?

I’m sick and tired of late night comedians taking a stand FOR something and creating vulgar skits, bashing any support of marriage, and with open hostility attacking a union from which they came. Seriously, we don’t need to become so incensed with each other. I believe we can take a stand FOR something without cutting up and slashing another perspective. The picture of standing for a position with fists up and mouth wide open while yelling makes me completely miss anything positive you might have to say.

I know there are many instances you could give me where people who claim to speak for Christians do the same thing. I know. But I’m not talking about that today, I’m simply addressing a positive article written about a company that has a goal in the workplace “to take biblical truth and put skin on it. … We’re talking about how our performance in the workplace should be the focus of how we build respect, rapport and relationships with others that opens the gateway to interest people in knowing God.”

I’m talking about a company that supports kids in foster care, college scholorships, marriage conferences, and the economy. Who wouldn’t want a company like that in their city? I support Chick-fil-A for being a positive company, for being a company that doesn’t bend to the pressures and whims of culture. Thank you Chick-fil-A….I’ll see you for lunch.

(A CNN article about Syria – Massacre feared in Syria’s Aleppo)

2 Comments on “Are we as outraged by Syria as we are by Chick-fil-A?

  • Well said Sheri, very well said. Why is taking a stand FOR something have to turn into “intolerance”? Chick Fil A is not taking a stance of in tolerance, rather stating their beliefs and their values. Isn’t that what those that believe in gay marriage are doing? Does that mean that they are intolerant of traditional marriage?

  • Jamie,
    Thanks for your comment! I have been thinking the same thing – why is it that if you are FOR gay marriage you can say whatever you want and not have anyone assume you are against traditional marriage? But if someone takes a stand for traditional marriage, many turn the words into hate language. Let’s dial it down everyone.


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