People get mad. They boycott. However ugly we think that is, it is really the “cost” of free speech. However, the biggest danger to us all is when liberty and free speech is coerced by people in office–when the government uses its influence to exact a penalty. When the chatter over choosing a side is left aside for a moment, the constitution and the officers charged with protecting it are on the side of liberty. When the guardians of freedom begin to use their power to deafen voices, we ALL lose. This is called fascism, by the way. And, its a bad thing.
A CEO accidentally gives a wrong impression about Christians. Dan Cathy, who had a right to say all the things he has said including giving of millions to *allegedly defeat gay rights may have messed up. What charity does he give with his fortunes? What other things does he give this much money to? He may do so much good, but the public does not know. All we know about him is that he is anti-gay rights. And, any of us who are Christian who agree with his biblical view of the traditional family may not agree with his philosophy on how to live that out in the real world. This means, as a leader he may have failed to give a clear view of Christianity by using a company platform to express his views in this way. If you become used as a political rallying point, that is not a good thing. The full picture of who Dan Cathy may truly be is dwarfed by politics and Christianity is represented as a boycott religion once again.
Liberty is a good thing. And, differing world views exist. Personally, I think me and my fellow Christians do a terrible job of being duped into taking the red meat. Christians on the Left and Right are drawn into battle lines, even against each other. It is more in the interest of donations to political action committees and the media that gets rich off of them than to your faith. You heard that, I hope. Going to eat a Chick-fil-A sandwich today does not make you a better Christian. And, for some of you on the other side of this, boycotting the place will not as well.
Go ahead and join the tit-for-tat boycott culture. That is nothing new. It is drama for the news agencies, and is your right. It may make you feel better about yourself. Here is something painfully true for some of us. The Evangelical church has not been fully able to shed the “fighting fundamentalist” culture. We need something to be against, apparently. But, what are we really fighting for? Is it liberty over fascism? Is it our own marriages? Is it the poor? Is it the orphan? Unfortunately for some, eating or not eating a sandwich today means more than it should.
PS. I do love this…
*Based on the cited article (which many media outlets are using) it looks like to me only a few thousand dollars could be characterized as being explicitly “anti-gay” rights while the majority of philanthropy is for charity and religious purposes. However, I am still investigating the allegation and please note my correction and investigate on your own as well.
**UPDATE 2: Also, I in no way am BLAMING Dan Cathy for how people are using him and his company to POLITICALLY rally others. Mike Huckabee is the one making this out to be more than it should be. The only blame Cathy should take is in the realm of representing FAITH through his role in a company. Recently, he actually agreed and they are staying as a company out of this.