Chik-Fil-A … when chicken hates.

Posted: August 3, 2012 in Christian Ethics, LGBT Isuses

How Interesting to watch the things going on in the USA, where companies are jumping on the pro/anti gay marriage. Including one notorious Chik-Fil-A. It amazes me that companies can be this stupid. To be honest I can’t see it happening here in the United Kingdom (apart from a small B&B that found itself in court).

What exactly are these people on?, They show no respect for their LGBT employees who have different views from them. I work for a company where there are 2 (including me) gay people, we have muslims, Christians, Buddhists and I’m sure some faiths I’ve never heard of. But you know what, as far as I can tell, all the faith/sexuality stuff is overlooked, we all know that we will disagree on things but that doesn’t stop us working together and supporting and caring for each other.

Every faith I’m sure thinks its more right than the next, it’s a kind of “Faith Snobbery”, some faiths in some places probably want to do very nasty things to everyone else. I understand that some people may think that gay people should not be in a loving relationship and should try and live as a straight person (I tried it for 30 years and really, it doesn’t work).

I think these people should be very careful, in Jesus parable about the sheep and the goats…

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. ”

Jesus showed how the king was not concerned about someones sexuality more than how they treated others, the King’s concern was weather someone clothed the naked, fed the hungry or visited a prisoner. Jesus example is one of humbly going to those in need and rescuing them. Of sacrificing one’s self for others. Not banning people from being in love. The two commandments that Jesus said encapsulate the whole law are simple

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Luke 10: 26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’c; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’d” 28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

This brings an interesting thought when interpreting scripture. If we look at scripture and it does not appear to work in this framework perhaps we are interpreting it wrongly?

God in scripture hears the outcry of the poor and in my view a lot of LGBT people are spiritually poor thanks to the treatment of the church. In the Bible when he hears that outcry he takes action, with, or without his people.

Perhaps Chik-Fil-A will discover something of God’s power and love when it comes to the rejected. Anyway, I’m off to KFC who know how to treat their customers and stuff, with respect and a little bit of that secret recipe.

I love Jesus because you know, he’s not impressed by big churches, fancy singing, nice cars or anything like that. He is impressed by people who reach out of their faith/culture comfort zone and start affecting people not by preaching at them but by showing them the love a Father that some of them never knew.

Oh by the way, happy readers, I’ve started a dating site

  1. celticbishop says:

    You are spot on dear friend spot on!!!!!!!

  2. M says:

    Thanks Paul, I agree with you wholeheartedly.

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