Well, yesterday went quite well I think. There were no violent protests or any other negative actions that I know of at any Chick-Fil-A. I understand that some gay activities are planning a nation wide protest against the restaurant tomorrow. We'll see - and they have the right to do so.
I did get defriended on Facebook by a homosexual acquaintance of mine. He wasn't very happy that I was in Chick-Fil-A buying sandwiches for our Wednesday night Bible Study. I'm ok with that. Not because I'm being flippant about is - it's his Facebook page, he can do with it as he pleases. So what did I learn through my experience yesterday?
The issue about Freedom of Speech is very important. If people wanted to complain to Dan Cathy about his stance on marriage. I'm ok with that. It doesn't mean I have to agree with them - but they have the right to say so. When leading politicians begin to say that they are never going to let Chick-Fil-A build another store in their city again. Now we have a problem.
What's next? Do churches have to submit a copy of their doctrines and beliefs to the government for their approval before they are allowed to build their church? That's exactly where this is all going. Using politics and government to mandate people's belief systems is wrong. Politicians brow beating citizens of this nation is manipulative and immoral in my opinion. In this situation homosexuality is simply the subject of the matter, not the real issue.
Homosexuality, in my opinion is a spiritual issue. I can hear some people right now begin to yell at me. Take a deep breath and relax. I know that Jesus loves every homosexual. No, I do not believe that He condones it. I believe that the Church should take the same stance. I could get into a long theological dissertation about this. But the Bible is clear and the translations we have are sound. I, as many Christians, can't reinterpret a few scriptures to fit cultures view. To do so would invalidate the whole Bible and that's not negotiable.
So after all of this, let me share one more thing. There are those who would label what I just blogged here as hate speech. No I'm not being dramatic here. I'm telling you what I know as fact. I've met some of these people who are, were, or are currently lobbying politicians to make this happen. Some of them were US congressmen.
So what did I learn? If you want to talk about Homosexuality, talk to Pastor Jones. If you want to talk about Freedom of Speech, talk to Russ Jones - citizen and voter. And if eating more chicken is my version of the Boston Tea Party, then I'll eat more chicken.
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