just another Wednesday

I didn’t eat at Chick-Fil-A today, mainly because there isn’t one nearby and I don’t typically join causes. I am a white evangelical male over forty who did not attend Promise Keepers. See what I mean?

I do admit to feeling a surge of pride as the national news showed lines of people packing the restaurants today, and I feel kind of bad about that in light of the Christian editorials warning us against just this sort of thing. I agree that we should not put our trust in any form of political activity, but I think it’s appropriate to announce by our feet that we believe in free speech. And from the interviews I saw, this is precisely why the customers said they were there. I didn’t see anything that sounded like hate speech, and indeed the homosexual issue was not even mentioned (though given the thousands of people who participated, I don’t doubt that some bad examples were set).

One editorial warned that this day might send homosexuals the wrong message. Really? They thought Dan Cathy was guilty of hate speech just for saying he supported traditional marriage, and they undoubtedly will think the same of us. That ship has long sailed. The only consideration left isn’t how gay marriage supporters will interpret our actions, but whether the actions themselves are loving or hateful. From what I saw on the news, the folks who ate at Chick-Fil-A  passed this test. They all said what they were for (free speech), not what they were against. They didn’t use this as an attack on homosexuals, but as a reminder that they have rights too (as even the mayors of Boston, Chicago, and New York have now acknowledged).

On the lighter side, I came across this blooper while grading today:

The student wrote that Barth didn’t believe “in original sin, which was transmitted by Adam and Eve to their posterior.”

I think he meant “posterity,” though this does explain why Adam and Eve so desperately tried to cover their butts.

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  1. Besides, Mike, you prefer Chinese over chicken. Love the blooper….

  2. I very carefully edit my papers as I live in fear of showing up on the ‘Wittmer Blooper Reel.’

  3. Jonathan Shelley August 3, 2012 — 9:00 pm

    So I’m wondering what it would take to get so many people, particularly the Evangelical Christians among the group, to crowd into soup kitchens, hospitals, orphanages, schools, or other organizations that desperately need volunteers to serve others. You know, that whole taking care of widows and orphans bit from the Bible. Don’t get me wrong – I’m excited to see us get motivated on an issue. I would just like to see us carry the momentum into acts of service.

  4. I’m pretty sure that many people would just be a burden to the soup kitchens and hospitals, and they’d probably just get in the way. I also don’t think you can say that something isn’t good just because it isn’t the very best. By your logic you could ask someone who watches the Olympics for two hours tonight why they didn’t forgo that and volunteer in a hospital.

    I’m guessing that the people who went to buy a chicken sandwich rather than serve at the local rescue mission did so because they heard about the need and it touched a felt need. My sense is that they were weary of being told that they must accept gay marriage or they are evil, and now they were being threatened with penalties to boot. Maybe they thought they should speak out while they still could. And of course, their respectful support of the right to openly speak biblical truth is being interpreted by some fellow Christians as hatred to homosexuals. This seems to be one of those damned if you do and damned if you don’t scenarios.

  5. Jonathan Shelley August 4, 2012 — 7:50 am

    Mike, my comment wasn’t meant as a criticism of people rallying around CFA, but a question on how we build on the momentum of this movement to get from a good thing – supporting fellow Christians for speaking the truth – to an even better thing – proactively addressing the needs of others in acts of Christian service. I don’t remember Evangelicals being so united and motivated on a single issue in my lifetime, and it would be a shame if we allowed this focus and energy to ebb when we have so much important work left to do. For example, maybe with the success of the support CFA movement, more Evangelical institutions will be willing to join with Wheaton and the Roman Catholics against using tax dollars to support abortion. Or, building on your most recent blog entry, maybe this will motivate us to endure the attacks of our critics and so that we can hold our heads high as we do the right thing to help our neighbors. My concern is that we might let this opportunity pass us by rather than building on it. Dan Cathy may have started something bigger than just a free speech debate.

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