Search Icon, Magnifying Glass

Graduation Cap Heart Question Mark Magnifying Glass

Chick-fil-A Controversy

Matthew 19:4-6 (ESV) He [Jesus] answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Dan Cathy: 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.” 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.

I’m trying to understand what the outrage against Chick-fil-A founder Dan Cathy is all about. He said nothing hateful. He didn’t denounce homosexuals as the spawn of Satan or call for them to be hauled off to prison or publicly flogged. As a Christian Mr. Cathy believes that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh come to teach and to save the world from our corrupted nature. Mr. Cathy believes the Bible to be the inspired word of God and to correctly capture the teachings and council of our mighty God.

In Matthew Jesus very clearly teaches that marriage is a man and a woman leaving their families and becoming as one being before the Lord. Not only do they become one being, but they promise to remain together through all life’s trials; there is no out, and no divorce. Christ teaches that the bonds of marriage can only be broken if one party commits the outrageous crime of adultery. So sacred is this bond of marriage to the Lord the he even encourages those who cannot live under such a stringent and holy arrangement to take on a life of celibacy.

Again, Don Cathy believes the text in Matthew to accurately describe his God’s teaching and council on marriage. For Mr. Cathy, to contradict his God is unthinkable. To stand by this teaching is Mr. Cathy’s only honest option.

All Mr. Cathy noted was that in Biblical history God often judged people when they strayed from his clear teachings. Cathy counseled us that no matter what the current social climate he and fellow believers are not able to redefine what his God has already defined for them. He then, rather than condemn those who believe differently (as it seems the media and the LGBT community think), closes with an earnest prayer for God’s mercy on those that have strayed. He doesn’t end with hate. He closes with a plea for love, mercy, and grace on those who oppose his God. In this day and age that is outrageous indeed, but hardly the cause for a protest.