Surprise!

Can you believe this thing with Chick-fil-A? In case you’ve been stuck in some remote town in Azerbaijan and don’t know what happened, let me quickly recap. The president of Chick-fil-A, Dan Cathy, said he’s pro-traditional marriage. A portion of the country got upset about it. Others who are pro-traditional marriage showed support for Chick-fil-A by eating in their restaurants across the country on the same day—long lines, but good food. Some homosexuals called for a “kiss-in” to protest Dan Cathy’s position. A video of a man chewing out a Chick-fil-A employee went viral; he lost his job for it, apologized, and the employee accepted his apology. Wow! What an interesting turn of events. All of this from one man giving his view on one issue. Did it surprise you?

There are two parts of this event that give me reason for pause. The first is a Constitutional matter. The first amendment to our Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech….” Of course, this doesn’t stop someone from protesting. But I find it interesting that so many people who are fighting hard for their own right to speak are not trying to protect the rights of others to speak just because they have an opposing view. I heard several homosexuals on TV and in multiple social media outlets say that this whole thing is ridiculous. I’m sure I read or heard at least 10 homosexuals say that Dan Cathy should be permitted to speak on these matters with no concern for reprisal. I was very encouraged by that. I have to admit, however, I’m not surprised by the desire of some to stop Dan Cathy from speaking.

What gave me greater pause was the surprise by so many people that this was happening. There has been a slow change occurring in our country for several decades. We used to be a nation that was concerned about God’s view of life. If anyone thinks otherwise just read the Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” There’s no way a Hindu could have written this because Hinduism teaches that all men are not created equal; just ask those who are bound by a cast system in India. There’s no way a Muslim could have written this because Islam teaches that men do not have unalienable rights. There’s no way a naturalist/atheist could have written this because Naturalism/Atheism teaches there is no Creator. The only way the Declaration of Independence could have been written is if the writers had a Judeo-Christian world view, and they did. But now that view has significantly eroded, so it shouldn’t surprise us that Dan Cathy’s view would be chided. Interestingly enough, those who most loudly claim we ought to be tolerant are the least tolerant.

Don’t be surprised, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Tim. 3:1).