I guess by now most all of you who are reading this (at least those of you in the United States of America) have heard about the situation surrounding Chick-fil-A’s/Dan Cathy’s comments about “family values”, “Biblical marriage”, and LGBTQ issues. If you haven’t, then please click on the picture of Mr. Cathy below to find out what this situation is about.
Over the past few days, as I have watched this scenario develop, some troubling thoughts have come to my head and heart. But before I share them with you, let me tell you where I stand on this issue:
I am a GLBTQ ally.
I have no objections whatsoever to same-sex marriage.
I believe the ONLY threats to the “sanctity” of marriage are abuse, infidelity, and divorce.
That being said, what troubles me is this:
So here we are in the United States of America, a nation where obesity is a major problem, debating whether “to eat or not eat” Chick-fil-A sandwiches, while over 20,000 children each day die of hunger.
Folks, this is SERIOUSLY messed up.
We live in a country where one day a year, you and your children can dress up like cows and get free food. We live in a country where we protest for or against an issue by not “if” we eat, but by “where” we eat. We live in a country where waste is totally acceptable and excess is the norm…
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks! ”
These words from the Book of Amos could not be more fitting at this moment. These days Amos might have added:
“Oh you cows of America who thank God for coronary bypass success, but continue to gorge yourselves!”
“Gluttonous swine of prosperity who feel entitled to drive-thru complacency!”
“Oh you of little faith who fast for personal gain, but never for the needs of others!”
AND I AM GUILTY AS CHARGED.
Today, August 1st, 2012, thousands upon thousands of well-meaning Christians went to Chick-fil-A and bought a meal to show their positive affirmation for Dan Cathy’s comments and their view of “Biblical marriage”. Wow. Is this what it has come to? Is this the radical revolution, the in-breaking of God’s Holy Commonwealth, and the amazing witness of the “poor in spirit” that Jesus spoke of?
Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands of other folks are boycotting Chick-fil-A and going to other restaurants, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s. They are protesting for a rightful cause (in my opinion), but possibly missing a larger point.
Now this is a picture to consider. This guy isn’t thinking about much of anything right now, except how many hours in the hot sun he has to spend picking tons of tomatoes, bucket by bucket, in order to somehow feed his family (who most likely is working right beside him). Welcome to Immokalee, Florida.
These are the people who pick your tomatoes, the ones you buy at supermarkets, the ones you eat on a fast-food order, the ones you love to slice into thick juicy slices for your Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day cookouts.
This guy doesn’t get those kind of privileges because he (and his family) are too bust picking tomatoes.
A number of businesses have agreed to fair labor practices and standards that begin to resemble something above sharecropper wages for these hardworking people. If you want to know more about this, click on either the picture above, or the one below. You can also click on the three pictures of starving, malnourished kids above and learn several ways you can help them.
Interestingly, Chick-fil-A is NOT one of the companies (like Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and Burger King) that has agreed to these practices and working conditions.
All I’m trying to say is that there are other reasons not to eat at Chick-fil-A. But then, there are a lot of reasons for lots of things, aren’t there?
LGBTQ folks and allies, let’s remember the folks who grow, prepare, and serve this food.
Folks who support Dan Cathy’s propositions, eating chicken sandwiches doesn’t make you righteous.
So let’s hitch up our britches,
Suck up our big overladen bellies,
Get up off our fat asses…
AND DO THE RIGHT THING!!!