It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the folks at Chick-fil-A are in the middle of another firestorm. This one revolves around President and CEO Dan Cathy’s public assertion that legalizing same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”
It shouldn’t be a surprise because the folks that run Chick-fil-A are proud “God-fearing conservatives” who do good business in a country that has made a big business out of giving people the freedom to do whatever they feel they need to do.
The folks at Chick-fil-A felt they needed to make a statement about marriage.
Not surprisingly, many people didn’t like their statement.
As an American I believe that the people behind America’s best chicken sandwich not only have a right broadcast to their opinion, but that a same-sex marriage supporting chicken supplier does as well.
Where things take a bit of a left turn for me is when I weigh these American freedoms against being a God-fearing man myself.
While I believe that everybody has a constitutional right to present their opinion, and some have the money and prestige to present it to a national audience, I also believe that God-fearing people have the additional obligation to so in such a way that draws people to God, as opposed to slapping them across the face.
For example, Scripture makes it very clear that whenever humans sin, we are inviting God’s judgement on ourselves. It also presents that there was a time before the sacrifice of Jesus that God actively poured out his wrath on entire nations.. immediately.
What is not often presented alongside these truths is that the Biblical nation most often on the receiving end of Divine Judgement is the nation of people that he chose, then consecrated for himself. After establishing a covenant with these people, God held them accountable to their end of the bargain.
When his people failed, they were met with Divine punishment.
More often than not, people groups with no covenant relationship with God rose and fell, suffering the natural consequences of their sinful choices. It was indirect punishment, allowed by God, as a result of the human curse, bondage to sin. Sin giving birth to death is something that has happened of its own accord since the fall of man.
God has never entered into a covenant relationship with the people of America.
A significantly less offensive, yet still true, statement could have been made: “Legalizing same-sex marriage is likely to cause many people in our nation to continue to suffer the painful consequences that sin brings, but there is still hope in Jesus Christ.”
I say “less offensive” because the statement “…inviting God’s judgment on our nation” carries the implication that “God is going to judge our nation (me) for something YOU did wrong.” The idea that we should do our best to avoid suffering for the misdeeds of others is actually much more “American” (“why should I have to pay for someone else’s unemployment?”) than it is Christian ( I wish that I were accursed for the sake of my people- Romans 9:3).
There are certain people in America (Christians) who have entered into a covenant relationship with God.
Those people are held to a high standard in regards to accurately representing the righteousness and holiness of God. We will not merely suffer the natural consequences of poor choices, but the divine punishment of our Heavenly Father.
Invoking the judgement of God as a preemptive measure against an entire nation, to oppose a specific act of “sin legalization”, actually makes a giant leap over the many sins committed daily by people who have entered into a covenant with God, common sins that no one is going on T.V. to talk about.
Doing this makes us out to be the good guys, and leaves everybody else painted black.
Sometimes we make an impassioned statement, knowing that we are on the right end of an issue. When we do, we often reveal the self-righteousness that lives at the end of “human arguments” for self-preservation.
Less often we make impassioned statements about the nature and glory of God, because we know that he is the only one wise and worthy. But when we do we reveal HIS righteousness, and begin making spiritual arguments for a divine intervention that leads people away from destruction and into salvation.
God does punish sin.
He also allows the sin of others to negatively impact us.
We demonstrate human nature by fighting against people.
We demonstrate his Divine glory by fighting for them.
Today, have a sandwich and tell somebody that there’s freedom and life to be found in Jesus.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” - John 3:17