Monday, April 14, 2014

Chick-Fil-A, Oy vey!

Saddens Me
(by R.P.Edwards)
It saddens me
When good men turn
Rethink their oaths
For others...yearn
 Shortsighted gain
A pleasured pause
Forsake the stone
Forget...the cause
It saddens me
When "I" am these
Who yield to fear
Some care to ease
Assuage the blast
Of battles beat
And choose the shade
And not the heat
It saddens me
Our cowards core
When now our need
For heroes...more
And so I pray
That "we" repent
And turn anew 
And not...relent
Some Dan T. Cathy quotes (CEO Chick-Fil-A) then, and now
 As it relates to society in general, 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.
 “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,”
“Every leader goes through different phases of maturity, growth and development and it helps by (recognizing) the mistakes that you make,” Cathy told the AJC. “And you learn from those mistakes. If not, you’re just a fool. I’m thankful that I lived through it and I learned a lot from it."
 "I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God’s word and I’m just personally committed to that,” he told the AJC. “I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine. ... I think that’s a political debate that’s going to rage on. And the wiser thing for us to do is to stay focused on customer service.”
Let me begin by saying that the impetus for this piece came from the recent watching of --I hope he's the next president-- the Huckabee show on Fox. As you recall, the former Arkansas governor called for all Traditional marriage supporters to counter the gay-backlash caused by the CEO of Chick-Fil-A's comments (a couple years back) concerning the institution that used to be a no-brainer as to its construct. Thousands upon thousands stood in dine.

Well, it seems in recent days that Mr. Cathy has softened the stance and has tried to convey the sentiment that the restaurant chain is going to concentrate more on the fare, rather than the definition of family. In other words, it's the poultry, and not the politics.

Now, truthfully, I wanted to be majorly miffed.  How dare he, after all that support, do an apparent about face?! But, upon further research, I'm not nearly as riled. Sure, I think it's a bit of a sell-out; a coin-coveting move, but Chick-Fil-A seems to still have a lot going for it, and although I am less than thrilled at their withdrawal from such an important issue; I'll not hold them to the standard of a Pastor, or denomination. They're a chicken restaurant, after all.

However, one thing I noticed in my skipping about on the internet was the caustic language of the left on the subject. Indeed, when it came to those who hold to the Traditional, Biblical view of marriage; these were referred to as "Anti-gay," "homophobic," "anti-equality," "Bigots," "Haters:" Warring words, to be sure. But, if I may, if these "barbs" are aimed at those who simply want the traditional, Biblical view of the family to be maintained, then, really, these derisive terms are aimed at God Himself.  Not too wise, in my opinion. Perhaps we should ratchet back the rhetoric and talk civilly to one another. Perhaps over a chicken sandwich.



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