Isaiah 59:15 states, “Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.” When Chick-fil-A took a stand for Biblical values regarding traditional marriage, they essentially painted a bull’s-eye on their back. Since that time LGBTQ culture warriors have taken shots at them by denying them access to their university campuses, boycotting, and wrongfully accusing the chicken chain of hate while themselves using hate-filled and foul language.
It should be no surprise that Chick-fil-A stands where it does on the marriage issue; being Biblical has been their goal. They are closed on Sundays, they help those that are in need, and Dan Cathy, son of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, states that his marketplace goal is “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 remind our readers of these things to help us recognize that the accusations the Left throws our way aren’t necessarily truthful, just accusations. Although we often hear “feeling statements” about how hateful Chick-fil-A is, the stories—actual events—that are reported reflect a fast-food chain that is compassionate, loving, and kind.
One of the most recent hate-mongering statements regarding Chick-fil-A comes from Steven Corbett, principal of Louisiana’s Lusher High School, who turned down Chick-fil-A’s offer to provide a free lunch to the school’s teachers. It was to be provided through the College Football Playoff Foundation (CFPF) in gratitude to the New Orleans community for hosting the Sugar Bowl and College Football Championship in 2020.
Principal Corbett stated that Chick-fil-A’s values do not align with those of the school. "Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-fil-A at an employee lunch. The #1 rule at Lusher is to 'Be Kind' and we live this motto every day. Chick-fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.” The principal went on to say, “Anytime an organization is anti-LGBTQ, and has efforts to infringe upon their rights, we thought it was important to support and stand up for their community at this time.”
What Principal Corbett, and so many others, say about Chick-fil-A isn’t true. Although they believe in Biblical/traditional marriage, they don’t discriminate; they will serve and help anyone. They don’t attempt to infringe upon the rights of the LGBTQ community; they’ve only stated their position on this cultural/Biblical issue. In July of 2012, The New American reported, “For its own part, Chick-fil-A appears ready to move beyond the controversy sparked by Cathy’s comments [on traditional marriage]. In a July 19th statement the chain said that ‘going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.’ The statement said that the company would continue its policy of treating ‘every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation, or gender.’”
Regarding this current matter with Lusher High School, a spokesperson for Chick-fil-A gave this statement:
“We are a restaurant company focused on food and hospitality and have no political or social agenda. Our priority is on providing a welcoming and respectful environment for our guests and Team Members."
God has honored this fast-food chain that has honored Him. Regardless the attacks and denial of franchise location; even though they are only open six days a week; in spite of the boycotts and this company’s habit of going out of the way to help those in need; Chick-fil-A reported over $10 billion in revenue in 2018.
What about you and me? When we face opposition will we “take biblical truth and put skin on it”? In other words, will we realize that “he who departs from evil makes himself a prey;” then depart from evil anyway?
In doing so, are we willing to take those Biblical and holy stands and then follow Jesus’ command to “love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”? After all, that IS the call of the Christian.
Another call of the Christian is to speak the truth in love. We urge you to contact Principal Steve Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know that his actions are inconsistent with his stated “culture of kindness.” Inform him that to disagree with another’s ideology is not the same thing as hatred or infringing upon the other’s rights. If that were the case then he would be infringing upon the rights of Chick-fil-A and every person who stands for traditional marriage. Tell him that as principal of a high school he should be setting an example of learning how to disagree with others respectfully, much as Chick-fil-A has done.
Although most of the Left will not respond in kind, ours is to be a conversation that is God-honoring, remembering that we ourselves are flawed, and that we’re dealing with image-bearers of God who are distorted and may not even recognize the God whose image they bear.
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