It has been so disheartening to see the multitude of posts from both sides of the Chick-Fil-A controversy in my Facebook feed this past week. I kept quiet for a long time for fear of not being able to articulate what I really felt about the whole issue, and then it came to me (as usual, in the form of song lyrics). What the world needs now is love, not chicken (addition mine). Let me elaborate.
1. Matthew 22:39- Love your neighbor as yourself. I am appalled at the things Christians have said. To put it plainly, some of us were just being bullies. I'm all for defending what you believe, but when it's done in such a hateful manner (and passive aggressive for that matter), what are we accomplishing? Why would anyone want to take our side, and quite frankly, how are they seeing Jesus in us?
2. There are a lot of hungry people in this world. In fact, 25,000 people died yesterday from hunger. I wonder how many of them would have lived if everyone who was at Chick-Fil-A stayed home and sent $12 to an organization that is combatting world hunger.
3. No one is perfect. Despite his position on marriage, Chick-Fil-A's founder has done a lot of good things, providing scholarships for less fortunate students and remaining closed on Sundays so employees can attend worship or rest with their families. If that makes you want to support the company, by all means, please do. If you don't agree with the company's position on other issues, then by all means, go eat your chicken somewhere else.
Whatever you choose, do it in love. And feel free to NOT post about it on Facebook.