Wednesday, August 1, 2012

While I do believe that everyone has the right to their own opinion and should be able to express it freely, I do not support Chick-fil-A appreciation day. As Christians, we are supposed to love our brothers and sisters even if we don't necessarily agree with what they're doing. Hence the saying "Love the sinner, hate the sin." Today's event has morphed into something it was not originally intended for. Instead of being a day to support a business that is being scrutinized in the public eye for expressing an opinion, people are going there as a form of protest against gay people. I do realize that not everyone that went to chickfila today went there to take a stand against gay people, so do not feel like I lumped you into that group. As christians we are supposed to be the body of christ, though. We are the arms, the limbs, the lips, and the heart. We cannot take part in protests such as these because they are hateful. A spiteful seed is at the root of this protest and the supporters of it are responsible for nourishing this seed until it grew into the spectacle it was today. The protest today casts a negative light on christians. To others, it seems as if the heart of christianity is a cruel and hateful one. Instead of being part of the group that speaks hateful words from lips that are supposed to be of Christ, we need to be part of the group that reaches out with open arms and cradle those that are being hurt by this huge debocal.
Christians don't hold protests against liars, we don't hold protests against adulterers, we don't hold protests against people who disrespect their parents. So why should we hold protests against homosexuals? When we protest, we only hurt christianity by turning people away. We are responsible for turning people towards Jesus, so why don't we focus our energy on something that has a seed of love instead of one of hate? We need to be hands that heal instead of hands that hate because "Jesus paid much too high of a price for us to pick and choose who should come."

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