It was easy

by Mike Benson

It was easy to stand in line at Chick-fil-a. I did it and so did tens of thousands of others. Our presence at restaurants around the nation spoke volumes.

For many of us it said, “We’re tired.”

  • We’re tired of having homosexuality and moral perversion thrust before our consciousness.
  • We’re tired of the daily barrage of so-called gay ideology pressed upon our hearts and minds through virtually every media outlet.
  • We’re tired of swallowing our words and being politically correct.
  • We’re tired of bowing our heads in aphonic disgust, grappling with the guilt of not speaking up.

Yes, it was easy to go-because we’re tired.

But a part of what made it so easy, was that we were surrounded by those who were like-minded. We knew there would be crowded parking lots and long lines at the front counter, and we found our security there.

But what if Dan Cathy had not only talked about one man for one woman, what if he had also said something to this effect…?

  • “Adultery is wrong.”
  • “Greed, wrath, jealousy, envy, drunkenness and pride are evil.”
  • “Shacking up with your girlfriend or boyfriend is sinful.”

Would we have all made a beeline for a chicken biscuit or sandwich then?

Would we have stood alone and patronized Chick-fil-a for Dan’s moral courage then? Would we have waited in line and spent our hard-earned cash on lemonade and waffle fries then?

Lest we forget, friends, God condemns any and all sin and not just homosexuality. He hates it all equally. He said in his Word that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom (Galatians 5:19ff; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Please don’t get mad at me, I didn’t say that, God did.

Two points stand out in my mind. One, we need to stand up for right whether or not people stand beside us. And two, we need to be consistent by loving every sinner, but hating all sin—and not just homosexuality.

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  1. And shouldn’t we hate all sin? Greed, ignoring the poor, fits of anger, jealousy, pride. These are all condemned in Scripture too. And yet no one stands in line to condemn these sins. Probably because these are the kinds of sins we commit and we don’t want a spotlight on them. I am proud of my sister. On August 1st, instead of going to Chick Fil A, she and her small church family helped her lesbian neighbors in packing and moving. They prayed for these ladies in their presence. They loved the sinner. Whether we agree with it or not, the world sees hate when it sees Christians lining up to eat more chicken. I’m not saying we should accept the sin. I’m saying that loving the sinner will go much further to win people to Christ than hating the sin will. In the end, only the blood of Jesus can cure sin. And the only way we will win sinners of any variety to Christ is to love them.

    1. Melissa, perhaps I misunderstood your response, and if I did, I hope you will forgive and correct me where I’m wrong, but is it your understanding that the Bible teaches Christians to love the sinner by ignoring the sin? Was there some kind of ongoing study with those ladies, or was there something in the content of the prayer for those ladies that would have helped them to recognize that the only sin Jesus can cure is the sin from which one is willing to repent? I am certain that neither Jesus nor any of His apostles left sinners unaware of the penalty of unrepentant sin. They loved people by helping them to understand what was necessary to become pure in the sight of God, not by serving them and leaving them uninformed. Indeed, that is the least loving thing that a Christian can do for those lost in sin.

  2. No, I don’t think we can ignore sin. But if a person is not a Christian, the only specific sin I feel the need to address is their unbelief. I don’t think evangelism involves saying, “You are a sinner because you do (fill in the blank).” It says, “We are all sinners and only Jesus can cure that.” Women in the Bible have a history of using works and hospitality in their outreach. Sometimes it takes some time for someone to feel comfortable enough with us for us to share the Gospel with them. So we start small. Chances are, if they get far enough to share the gospel with these ladies, they will ask about homosexuality. And they will have to be told that it is a sin that must be repented of as part of their salvation. I completely agree with that. But I don’t think that is where we start. We start by meeting their physical needs and then letting them know that their biggest spiritual need is for a Savior. I hope this explains a little more clearly what I meant.

  3. I’m sorry I wasn’t clear to start with. My thoughts have been very unclear in a lot of ways in the last few weeks, and I should probably wait to say something until they have gotten more organized.

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