Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Don't Let the Grease from Your Waffle Fries Stain the Pages of Your Bible

If I don't talk to a homeless person at work nearly every day, it is only because one of my co-workers already has or that homeless person couldn't get a bus pass to our pharmacy.  They come because we offer a charity program which includes free medication.

Last week's passion about Chick-Fil-A among the Christian community embarrassed me.  Of course everyone has the right to support this cause or that cause that he or she deems worthy.  What embarrassed me, downright angered me was that all those folks who crowded the drive-through and the surrounding parking lot of our local Chick-Fil-A never seem to be lining up around 7th Avenue to donate food to our local Rescue Mission.

Why are these folks more concerned about the politics and the so-called morality of their convenience food than people who are hungry and have no home, much less cable or an SUV or an iPhone.  It made me sad.  One could make the argument that these same folks may contribute through their churches or various organizations.  That is certainly admirable.  The Rescue Mission relies on donations.

However, Christians aren't called to distance themselves from the poor, the rejected, the disenfranchised, the mentally ill.  Jesus certainly didn't.  Why can't we remember that?  Why is it that supporting some small and idle comment of a corporate giant of a chicken chain is more important than hungry people?

Regarding the "Kiss In"...well, what did those folks vehemently supporting Chick-Fil-A expect?  Those who so fervently and publicly supported Chick-Fil-A could well be viewed as committing an act of aggression.  No wonder LGBT people hate us.  They feel like we hate them.  I saw many urgent calls for prayer for the Chick-Fil-A employees to help them cope with the "Kiss In."  Where are the urgent calls for prayer for the homeless and the hungry?


Slamdunk said...

Welcome back, and excellent post and commentary for your return.

Christians are called daily to impact the world--not simply when it is convenient for us to do. I hope the end result of whatever the flavor of the month current event is will be more attention to the causes that impact so many: violence, poverty, etc.

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THE mom said...

well said!!! no other words but that :-)

WendyB said...

Awesome post!

Well I Do Declare said...

This was a great post! I read Truett Cathy's bio last summer and was so disappointed with it. He preaches Christianity throughout, but the entire book is laced with judgment and disdain for those who do not live to his standards. As Christians, that is not our job. It is our job to love and support, not to judge. Something your post covered beautifully. Ok, rant over for me :)

Bathwater said...

I don't seem to be paying enough attention the mainstream media I still haven't figured out whether they people were supporting or protesting at chick-o-flila. I wonder if they stopped in at Burger King on their break?

Good to see you.

LPC said...

And that, my dear, is a very good point.