A lot of people are upset with Chick-fil-A after news outlets reported they were changing their charitable donation strategy. Chick-fil-A has been under fire in recent years due to donations made to anti-LGBTQ organizations. In statements, Chick-fil-A states it is putting focus back on organizations that address hunger, homelessness and education.
This was a big story, since the media has been after Chick-fil-A for some time. Some public figures were quick to make statements, while some on the left celebrated.
In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) November 18, 2019
I really contemplated even writing an article on the subject. After all, most major companies have bowed to the LGBTQ pressure. Still, the decision by Chick-fil-A is a disappointing one. I may be let down, but it’s not for the reasons you might believe.
I have been a fan of Chick-fil-A for a long time. Long before the controversy, I valued the taste of that wonderful chicken sandwich. I have won a few battles over where to eat dinner with Chick-fil-A, despite my wife’s strong hatred of waffle fries. But why did I really go to Chick-fil-A? Did I go there for their values and morals?
Honestly, I didn’t. I truly went there for the chicken sandwich. In fact, I’ve never once experienced a Chick-fil-A restaurant pushing values and morals on me. I have never experienced a worker ask me if I was homosexual or not before taking my order. I have never had an operator ask me if I was a Christian or not before I was served that golden friend delicious goodness.
What I am saying, it is hard for me to be upset with Chick-fil-A over the fact that they changed their charitable donations. I enjoyed the restaurant long before I knew of their charitable donations. So how can I be upset over their business practices? Companies regularly change their charitable donation recipients. I’m sure this isn’t the first time Chick-fil-A has changed them.
Some have argued that they feel betrayed, but as a consumer I do not. This is not to say that I do not feel betrayed, however, in another sense. If you truly think about it, Christians want a role model in our day. Many role models for Christians come under fire consistently for their stands on social issues.
I think back to a recent article I wrote on interviewing Rev. Franklin Graham. The messages after this article was published was amazing. I saw people on both sides of the aisle attack Rev. Graham. Simply because he takes a stand for something, in a day when taking a stand against social issues is unpopular.
Our day has seen numerous Christian leaders either give up or give in. Recently, Joshua Harris, an outspoken Christian for some time, stated he no longer was a Christian. We’ve seen other Christians attacked for their support of President Trump. Even 2020 Presidential candidates have attacked Christians in recent months.
So while I am not upset with Chick-fil-A as a business, I am upset with Chick-fil-A as a Christian. In a time when they could continue to stand for some Christian morals and values, they decided that taking an independent approach in business as important. Society tells us that we must cater to the less than 5% of Americans who identify as LGBTQ, while telling the 48.5% of Protestant Christians that we must accept these things as new social norms.
So while society celebrates the win in regards to LGBTQ rights, Christians continue to be left out as an unimportant side note. As a consumer, I’ll continue to eat those chicken sandwiches. As a Christian, I am disappointed and I will continue to look for those who are willing to stand up for Christian values in society. Best of all, it will be my pleasure.
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