I’m always amazed at the reaction any time someone with a deep conviction based on Biblical faith makes a statement grounded in that faith. The reality is that it should not surprise me anymore. There’s been a huge uproar over Dan Cathy‘s comments about the principles on which Chick-fil-A is built. It’s never been a secret that Chick-fil-A is one of the few, if not the only, fast food restaurant closed on Sunday for the stated purpose that “all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so.” In fact, the Cathy family have been very outspoken Christians since Truett Cathy opened the first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia, in 1946.
Dan Cathy is the current President of Chick-fil-A and Truett’s son. He created a firestorm in a recent interview where he had the nerve to go against the culture and speak out about his personal beliefs about gay marriage. His comments hit a particularly delicate nerve in the media. After all, it is not cool for anyone to speak out in favor of traditional family values. When one does that, they are backwards in their thinking. The intelligentsia in our media will go so far as to say those views are from the 19th Century. If you read the media reports, EVERYONE is now ready to boycott Chick-fil-A over these “anti-gay” remarks. I personally think the media is imputing meaning to Mr. Cathy’s statements that he, himself, did not say. In the interview, he reiterated that Chick-fil-A is supportive of the traditional family, the Biblical definition of the family unit. He even states that “We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families.” He went on to say “We intend to stay the course. We know it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on Biblical principles.” At no point that I read does Mr. Cathy ever mention gay marriage. However, in our heterophobic society, the media took that leap as did basically all pro-gay groups.
The mistake Mr. Cathy made was believing that we have the right to express our opinion today. That is only true if your opinion does not coincide with Biblical, Christian principles. If you have the gumption to state an opinion based in Christian principles, somehow you are intolerant and ignorant. People get up in arms about the fact that you are “pushing your religion” on them if you say something that goes against the current culture. However, you are welcome to say anything you want, true or not, against Christians and others will praise you for being brave enough to exercise your freedom of speech. It seems more and more that many in our society believe the First Amendment is now a one-way street.
For me personally, I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Cathy’s comments. The reality is that we do live in a free country, or at least still mostly free. Words and actions have consequences. Mr. Cathy stood up for his principles and the values on which Chick-fil-A was founded. I’m certain there will be many people who will choose to not each there because they disagree and that is okay. On the other hand, I believe there will be a lot of people like me that will be more apt to patronize Chick-fil-A because Mr. Cathy unapologetically stood up for his Christian principles.