The Grand Gesture…

Yesterday was Chick-Fil-A appreciation day around the country.  A rather curious event fabricated by a career politician and television talking head that created an overwhelming pompous stir in the evangelical community.  The outcry was shouted everywhere, “they’re stealing away out freedom of speech,” “we must stand up for biblical principles,” “liberals are just trying to shove their agenda down our throats.”  It was challenging to witness and even tougher to see good people, folks who truly seemed compassionate, quickly chase after the latest cause without a moments consideration to those it affected nor a care how this vulgar braggart participation reflected on them.

It made me think about how much the paradigm has shifted the landscape for the church.  No longer do religious leaders inspire efforts at great social change, now the church has gleefully accepted it’s new pecking order in line behind the conservative political movement. In this role the church has put on mini skirts and lifted its pom-poms taking an active role as a cheerleader for whatever is said or done from the political toad of the day.  How God must grieve to see how far his people have wandered searching for salvation in smooth talking politicians with their carefully worded soundbites.

Even a poor student of history can look back at the role the evangelical church has taken on the evolution of societal change.  Seemingly, in almost every event, the church is found cheering for the oppressor and mocking the oppressed.  On this, they were wrong again.  My God, am I missing something here?

Seeing all the victimization implied drove many to disregard reason, kindness, grace, and charity to instead rally together to further divide our nation.  Taking a chicken sandwich as the modern oracle of God and smashing the same sandwich in the face of the minority to prove how sanctified and holy one is defies even the simplest tenets of loving our neighbors as ourselves.

So while many of our neighbors sit alone in worn down homes craving even a morsel to satisfy the hunger that slowly destroys their lives, the evangelical church chooses to celebrate excess to make a grand gesture.  People lined up and waited for hours to eat food most didn’t need with money they didn’t have to spend just to be a part of the cause.

When did the role of the church become party planners who celebrate the mission of exclusion instead of seeking out the lost on the highways and byways of life, feeding and loving them with grace and sensitivity?  Yesterday was not a day to celebrate for the evangelical movement, it was sadly a day to cry.

Besides, many will argue the whole CFA outcry was a public relations stunt to get more business, to that end, well done. Once again the people have been had.

Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.

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