Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." To the contrary, "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:14-21)
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Chick Fil A
I'm so discouraged today, in fact I've cried about this today. We've messed up big time and have created an even bigger chasm between the people that God created. If God does frown on his people, I think today would be a day that he is frowning. Christians all around our nation are gathering at Chick Fil A to stand up for what they think is right. I seem to view it so differently. In my mind I feel like we've shown up at these restaurants with torches, ready to burn homosexuals at the stake. It looks like hate to me. Let me first begin with saying that I completely agree with the standards that Chick Fil A upholds and the words that Dan Cathy spoke were great and I appreciate a business that upholds morals and values.However, I disagree with the fact that we've jumped on this hate wagon and all it's doing is creating a bigger divide between us. The Bible says in John 13:35 "So now I am giving you a new commandment: LOVE each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples." In my opinion, going to Chick Fil A is sending the wrong message. I might as well wear a shirt that says "I hate gay people" in big huge letters. Christ came to die for our sins. He came so that we would have love, grace and mercy. For some reason we've gotten into the mentality that we (christians) are better than everyone else. We may say that we don't think that but our actions are speaking differently. Isaiah 64:6 says "But we are all like an unclean thing, and even our righteous acts are like filthy rags." So, should we remain silent? No, the Bible tells us plainly in the verses below. I feel like we've missed the mark on this one. How can we not see it?