After We Eat Chicken, Then What?
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We ate a lot of chicken, so what now? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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Perhaps you joined the huge throngs lined up outside of Chick-fil-A’s last week as if it were an American Idol audition. Perhaps you posted about your visit on FaceBook and even talked about it with church friends. But we must realize, this is not a substitute for building up marriage, nor is it a justification for uncharitable behavior.

Some rightly wondered whether the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day would just give some the idea that “shoving it in their face” was better than “turning the other cheek.” On the other hand, it was ridiculous to suggest as some did that it is somehow un-Christian to support a business being unfairly attacked and slandered despite its long-standing reputation as an excellent company that cares for people.

If we were unkind or hateful while eating our chicken, we were wrong. And if we think eating chicken replaces our responsibility to thoughtfully and winsomely defend marriage while consistently fighting for our own, we are wrong too. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.


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Further Reading

Friendship, Opposition, and Chick-fil-A
Matthew Lee Anderson | Mere Orthodoxy | August 02, 2012


Comments:

I don't see where I assumed any participants, much less all participants were guilty of these behaviors. I said, "Some rightly wondered..." and "If we were unkind or hateful while eating our chicken, we were wrong."
I agree with Fred that overall, Chick-Fil-A patrons and employees were stellar in their behavior, though there were other reports of not so good behavior (though a distinct minority that were overblown by the media).
I supported the Appreciation Day from the time it was announced, but the point of the commentary was, "if we think eating chicken replaces our responsibility to thoughtfully and winsomely defend marriage while consistently fighting for our own, we are wrong too."
Chick-fil-A Day Was Great Christian Witness
@Laura Johnson

You raise an excellent point. What amazed me was how Christians came out in huge numbers to support Chick-fil-A, but there was not ONE instance of them showing hatred or intolerance to anyone. Even Chick-fil-A staff demonstrated this Christian compassion, tolerance, and love as shown by two examples.

The first is Rachel a Chick-fil-A drive thru employee who was harassed by a "gay marriage" supporter. This incident was posted on Youtube and got back to the supporter's boss, who promptly fired him. Rachel did meet with the supporter and to the media's surprise forgive his actions:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/07/chick-fil-a-employee-to-fired-bully-i-forgive-you/

The second example was Chick-fil-A giving FREE food and cold water to "gay marriage" activists protesting the company:

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/02/hateful-day-of-intolerance-chick-fil-a-restaurants-across-nation-provide-water-for-protesters/?utm_source=autotweet&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=twitter

This action is even more amazing considering that one Chick-fil-A in California was vandalized by a "gay marriage" activist prior to the protest:

http://twitchy.com/2012/08/04/tastes-like-hate-meet-manny-castro-hollywood-artist-and-proud-chick-fil-a-vandal/

I understand Mr. Stonestreet's concerns, but in this instance Christians ranging from Chick-fil-A staff to their customers bucked the media's caricature of believers being hateful hypocrites. This witness was so powerful that even soe "gay marriage" activists are starting to question whether this boycott against Chick-fil-A is rational:

http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/04/antoine-dodson-the-gay-community-we-have-went-from-being-bullied-to-becoming-bullies/
Why so accusatory?
Why are you assuming participants were guilty of "uncharitable behavior" and "shoving it their faces"? That's as unjustified as the accusations leveled at Mr Cathy!

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