Thursday, July 26, 2012

This is Bigger Than a Chicken Restaurant

Last Friday I wrote a slightly tongue-in-cheek post in support of Chik-Fil-A.  In the days that followed this went from silly tantrums of people who do not like people calling them out on their rebellion against God to something very troubling.  It is one thing when a group who disagrees with you protests your position.  Certain groups living in open rebellion and defiance of God are even prone to get rather nasty in their protest, but that is to be expected.  What is troubling is when government gets involved.  This week three mayors of three major US cities have come out and said that they will prevent that restaurant from opening in their cities.  What is even more troubling is they are open in their reasoning that this is about the religious convictions of the company leadership and for no other reason.  If you are a Christian and own a business, this should be extremely troubling for you.  If you are Christian, it is time for you to stand for righteousness.  Considering the percentage of people who call themselves Christian in America, the only way this is even able to happening is because you are cowering before the world.  It is time to stop being a useless coward and stand for Jesus. 
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His [own] glory, and [in His] Father's, and of the holy angels.  Luke 9:26 NKJV
Are you ashamed of the words of Jesus?  Do you fear the homosexual lobby more than you fear the Creator?   Are you more influenced by propaganda than by the leading of the Holy Spirit?  The answer to these questions is not defined by your words, but by your actions.  If you fail to stand for righteousness, then the answer for you is "Yes" to all of those questions.  You are becoming irrelevant as a Christian as you conform yourself to this world.  Your inaction is allowing the persecution of those you would call your brothers and sisters in the Lord.  How completely and totally shameful of you. 

It really is time for us to take our head out of the sand.   We live in this ignorant bliss that we can not be persecuted in this country.  I have news for you, it can happen and is happening.  A Christian business is being prevented from opening in three cities by three mayors who specifically cite the religious point of view of its owners as the reason why.  It does not matter the construction jobs that will never be.  The permanent jobs created also do not matter.  The tax revenue, helping to ease the burden of the city residents, also does not matter.  What does matter is that they stand for Jesus and standing for Jesus is not popular.  They are unwilling to compromise their values for the sake of making themselves more liked by the world.  They are doing so with everything to lose.   

Again, if you are a Christian business owner this should send chills down your spine.  I know it does mine.  I know my beliefs run the risk of hurting my business.  So far it has had no effect, but I have that in the back of my mind.  What I do not do, though, is compromise my message.  I will not hide or change what I believe out of fear of the world.  My trust is not in the world.  The world is merely a tool that God uses to meet my needs and the needs of everyone else who puts their faith in Jesus.  I encourage you to also stand by your faith.  Fear God over man and do not compromise not one tiny bit.  God can and will see us though persecution and our hope is not in this world anyway. 

The point I am making is that it is time we wake up.  We need to stop living in denial. We need to put our faith into action.  This goes way beyond eating more chicken.  This even goes beyond Chik-Fil-A Appreciation Day (August 1) when we are asked to show our support for them by patronizing one of their many fine restaurants.  This means rolling up our sleeves, standing tall in the power of the Holy Spirit, and standing for righteousness.  Mayors, pundits, and protesters who oppose our view are in the minority.  It is time we showed them that fact.  It is time that we do not let them get away with blasphemy while we cower in the corner being scared to be called a bigot or homophobic.  Stand for marriage, stand for Truth, stand for the Gospel, stand for the Word of God, and stand for Jesus.  No longer can we stand by and watch our brethren be persecuted.  It makes me sick to my stomach to see a brother standing alone for righteousness while even his brethren snicker at him.  It makes me even more sick when I see Christians (even some that I know) standing against the Word of God and standing for sin.  They are worse than the sinner because the sinner does not know the truth that you are so willing and arrogant to defy.  Stand with him and stand against the sin of the world because that is what it means to stand with Jesus.  It is time to choose what side you are on.  There is no middle.  There is no compromise. 
And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 NKJV

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