God, Marriage, & Chick-Fil-A

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Dan Cathy who is the President of Chick-Fil-A went on a news show and during the interview made some comments that has sparked protests, debates, etc. throughout the country about marriage.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,'” Cathy said. “I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”

It seems to be rare these days for someone to come out and state their thoughts on a matter of such importance, especially when they are high up the food chain and obviously in this case being the President of Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy is up there. I think he makes an excellent point in regards to marriage and even in many other aspects which I feel will get missed within the news and various conversations about the topic. Every day, we shake our fist at God and say “our way is better” or “we know more than you.” This comes to how we love God, how we love others, how we spend time in community, our view points on political and controversial topics, and more.

I love Cathy for stating how he is praying for our nation and I agree, we all need prayer. We all need prayer for our prideful attitudes and the audacity we have for defining what marriage is, let alone what life is supposed to be about. Don’t get me wrong here, I am the biggest sinner I know for a fact. And being the biggest sinner I know, I am also aware of how much prayer I need and how I constantly have to make sure I am not shaking my fist at God telling Him what is better.

This is a great opportunity for believers to step up and encourage one another to be bold and courageous about the things God is about. In this case, marriage being between one man and one woman with the purpose for glorifying God by representing Christ and the church. Whether it is Chick-Fil-A or another company, we should be encouraged that at least someone is talking about it and holds God in a place of reverence that we rarely see today.

“We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that … We want to do anything we possibly can to strengthen families. We are very much committed to that.”  “We know that 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.”

Cathy makes another great point and that is he strives to live life by the biblical definition whether that comes to marriage or the family. What a great encouragement for us as believers to see what the Bible has to say about how we live life and strive to do that to the best of our ability because we know on our own strength, we will fail. We need God, we need Jesus, we need the Holy Spirit to lead us each and every day. Praise God we do get to live in a country currently where we can share biblical principles with others whether or not they are popular.

I’m not necessarily going to ask you to go get food from Chick-Fil-A, you can if you want in support, rather my prayer is that we as the church would be encouraged and would be in full support of other believers who come out and state the truth that is in the Bible. That we would be bold ourselves in conversations with others as these topics get brought up and help explain what the Bible has to say about marriage. Most of all, that we would do this out of love (1 John 4:19 – We love because He first loved us) and a joyful attitude from what Christ has done for us and seek to glorify God in everything we do.

Question: What are your thoughts on what Dan Cathy has said?

Saved by Grace through Faith. In love with Jesus, His Glory, and obviously my beautiful wife Joelle, daughter Peyton, and son Matthew! Seeking Him in everything to glorify Him and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor at Austin Life Church.

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