Wednesday’s workout: Ran 3 miles in 27:11 | 100 walking lunges & 50 squats.
Thursday’s workout: Ran 2 miles in 17:12 (8:37 / 8:35 splits) | 10 min. arms & back.
While I mostly write about fitness–related topics, I never intended this blog to be only that. After several days watching the drama grow leading up to Aug. 1, then seeing all the posts and pictures on appreciation day, and now a day after reading a bunch of follow–up blogs and news stories, I feel the need to share a few thoughts on this whole Chik–fil–A nonsense.
Disclaimers: (1) I am a Christian; (2) My opinions cross both left and right, depending on the specific issue; (3) I am not a religious scholar, political analyst or social researcher, so these are just my opinions, observations and thoughts; (4) I have been a vegetarian for years and have never eaten Chick–fil–A. So really, I shouldn’t even be talking about this. 🙂
To my thoughts.
- Chick–fil–A’s Dan Cathy has a right to express his beliefs. Period. And Chick–fil–A as a company is public about its traditional Christian values, so Cathy’s comments shouldn’t come as a surprise.
- While city mayors don’t have the right to force a company out, they do have a right to express their personal beliefs as well, including a preference to not have a Chick–fil–A restaurant.
- Mike Huckabee had a right to call for a “Chick–fil–A appreciation day” and traditional marriage supporters had the right to converge on Chick–fil–A’s across the country.
- Gay rights supporters have a right to boycott Chick–fil–A.
Good. So everyone is golden and happy because they have the ability to express their beliefs and many have acted on that right.
The reality is, this whole thing exploded into something huge and exaggerated, full of anger, hurt and hate on both sides. And that, quite frankly, is ridiculous. I am all about putting your money where your mouth is. So if you don’t respect a company, don’t spend money there. If you do, spend all sorts of money there. Maybe on many days, not just one.
Morality questions aside for now, I have a really hard time saying that my faith tradition should deny a homosexual couple the standard rights that every heterosexual married couple enjoys in this country. And I honestly don’t view this as an attack on traditional, biblical marriage. I just don’t. We’re talking apples and oranges; a religious institution and legal liberty.
Generally speaking (from my personal experience), LGBTQ couples aren’t asking to be a part of a faith tradition. They are asking for the standard rights as a family member, such as insurance coverage for your spouse, the ability to be a part of health decisions at the hospital, etc etc.
The Christian community doesn’t have to agree with a lifestyle. But we simply cannot legislate or protest people into the church, and that is the goal, yes? My faith is one of the most important aspects of my life and who I am, and I want to share that. Perhaps it’s time to change how we communicate.
I honestly don’t think the LGBTQ community understands why this is such a tough and/or impossible issue for Christians to just “be OK with”. I don’t really see the gay community as a whole expressing much interest in finding out. On the flip side, when we do things like swamp Chick–fil–A’s, we are more focused on making a point rather than fully communicating our concerns and beliefs.
So! This is a very important discussion, both in churches and in public political forums. I don’t want to diminish the emotion, fear, hurt, frustration, opinions and values on all sides. There are so many misunderstandings and misconceptions for everyone. For a chicken sandwich to become a bloated and politically charged part of such an important conversation not only makes me roll my eyes in annoyance, it makes me very sad.
We are better than this. Gay, straight, Christian or otherwise, we are all better than this.