As the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get under way in London, it would seem as though the hype leading up to it has been partially over shadowed by other news here in the United States. No, I’m not referring to the horrifying incident created by James Holmes when he killed 12 and injured 58 people in an Aurora, Colorado theater on an early July 20th debut of The Dark Knight Rises.I’m talking about the seeming back and forth tit for tat that seems to be taking place after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy released a statement regarding the privately held company‘s position on same-sex marriage.
That initial statement led to an outcry among many in the gay community. It also created a frenzied, quick response by Jim Henson‘s company conveniently pulling their affiliation with Chick-fil-A citing safety issues with the toys that were to be offered with the kids meals; but many have considered it an easy way to disassociate themselves from the Atlanta based company since the characters produced by Henson are widely known for being the poster children of tolerance and equality.
These actions led to one time former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee to speak out on behalf of Chick-fil-A and declare August 1st Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, with the hope that those who agree with the company’s position will come out and show their support. That move has gotten such a response that mayors of the cities of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco have each come out with statements of their own, and deemed that this business, which is widely known for being built and operated on Christian principles is not welcome in their fare cities. What’s even more disturbing is that the mayor of Chicago has gone a step further to state that, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.”
This has sparked a debate among many regarding the rights of business owner‘s of faith to be able to not only operate with moral integrity, but to be effective in marketplace ministry without the threat of their civil liberties coming under fire by the very community leaders they hoped to build relationships with through employing and serving the very citizens these leaders claim do not share the same values of.
If Christian businesses are not welcome, how long before Christians as a whole will no longer be welcomed? And if these people of faith are not welcomed, how long before other people of faith are soon not welcomed? This game needs to be ended and soon on account of unsportsman like conduct.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will conclude in two weeks, but the controversy that has been sparked by one man’s declaration will no doubt continue well into the Presidential election and beyond. What people need to think about is how what is happening now will play out in the coming weeks, months, and even years. There is a shifting taking place throughout this nation’s culture. There are men and women set upon the business mountain of influence, hoping to shift it back in the direction that honors God. If men and women on the governmental mountain who agree with men like Cathy do not also rise up to shift that mountain back towards God, the results could be costly.
QUESTION: What has been your concerns with what has been taking place?
- Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches Become Political Symbol (huffingtonpost.com)
- Billy Graham cheers Cathy family, Chick-fil-A (wnd.com)
- Evangelist Billy Graham defends Chick-fil-A (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
- Chick-fil-A beef puts mayor in pressure cooker (bostonherald.com)
- Billy Graham Supports Chick-fil-A (radio.foxnews.com)
- Christians Say Chick-fil-A Under Siege by Militant Gays (radio.foxnews.com)
- Chick-Fil-A Loses Muppets, Gains Mike Huckabee In Gay Controversy (newstalkcleveland.com)
- Do Business Until I Come (apreachaskid.wordpress.com)
- Leaving a Legacy That Matters (marcjmartin.wordpress.com)
- Understanding the marketplace (slideshare.net)
- Should I Stay or Should I Go? (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)