Chik-Fil-A Isn’t the Problem; Homosexuality Is

A recent skirmish over a Pennsylvania Chik-Fil-A’s support of a marriage seminar forces us to ask the question: who exactly is at fault when opposing sides square off over marriage?

First, the two sides are roughly these:

  1. One Man – One Woman (“traditional” marriage) – this side says that our country’s traditional definitions of marriage as one man to one woman must stand. Homosexual marriage is thus excluded.
  2. Any Two People (gay “marriage”) – this side says that any two consenting people may get married under the law and have the same marital privileges. Homosexual marriage is thus included.

Next, the corollary conclusions from the existence of the question:

  • There is a right definition and a wrong definition of marriage.One definition must be right and the other wrong. There is no in-between. Postmoderns may say that we can all just hold hands, remind ourselves to tolerate it, and all will be well – but the question won’t go away.
  • Both sides believe there is a right and a wrong answer. When this issue comes out, all of the lip-service to subjective truth goes silent and voices shout for absolutes.
  • There is a growing divide between Americans on family-related issues like this. We can’t just say a word like “marriage” anymore and expect everyone to understand it. It must be defined, refined, and re-defined over the course of our history.
  • Christians are called to be a light in the darkness on this and many issues. Individuals, churches, schools, and seminaries may prefer to run from the offense of preaching the gospel faithfully (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, for instance), but then they no longer bear the name of Christ faithfully. Kevin DeYoung says, “But every generation in the church has some parcel of truth to defend and this is the plot for the present generation.”

All of that is prologue to the Chik-Fil-A story, which again forces us to ask – is Chik-Fil-A wrong, or the gay rights movement? Are conservative Christians to blame for all of the opposition toward homosexuals, or is there something else going on?

First of all, according to The NY Times, Chik-Fil-A wasn’t so much opposing homosexuality as they were supporting one man-one woman marriage.  Even so, we’ll resign that point to make the stronger one – in no other case would there be newsworthy stories about a group opposing shameful, criminal activity:

  • Would the media censure and disparage Mothers Against Drunk Drivers for picketing a bar known to send drunks onto the highway?
  • Would the liberal bigwigs talk smack about the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for speaking out against wife-beaters?
  • Would Parents Against Pedophiles get nasty emails because they protested the weak sentencing of a convicted child molester?

You might be aghast at these examples – drunk driving, domestic violence, pedophilia? Aren’t these some of the worst of crimes, those that tear apart lives, families, and communities; those that make us sick to our digestive tracts? Homosexuality is no different.

Let me repeat that: Homosexuality is a sin, a shameful activity, and a crime against God’s order. You can do the biblical research yourself; God’s Word and His order are clear and true.

When we’ve listened to the only true Authority – not man and his faulty “wisdom” – we’ll see that Chik-Fil-A isn’t the problem here. Homosexuality is.

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

One Response to Chik-Fil-A Isn’t the Problem; Homosexuality Is

  1. Pingback: Feelings, Free Speech, and the Gospel « Your Cross on My Back

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