So on August 1, 2012 it seems that a bunch of folks on one side of the whole Chick-Fil-A fray are planning to spend their hard earned money to actively deny me and my family the same civil rights they enjoy. Ok, cool.
But check this out, a whole bunch more of us can show up that day too and make a faithful stand of our own.
“There’s this bible passage, Proverbs 25:21 ‘If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.’ So if you are not a fan of Chick-Fil-A’s stand on hate, on August first I suggest you go there and ask for a large water. If they say you need to order something, cite Proverbs 25:21. I mean technically if they are operating on biblical principals they should give you an entire combo meal if your stomach growls but lets keep it simple. Just ask for a large water and nothing else. If they give it to you, you just got a few pennies of their profit and less money goes to their don’t r hate foundations. And if they don’t…”
I’m just sayin’
Oh yeah, and all you Christians who are vehemently defending their economic platform – how’s that hook-up with Mammon workin’ out for ya?
July 30 update: My cousin who I love and respect offered this very good critique of this post: “When we use Scripture to tell someone else how to act, we’ve used it wrong. Your hermeneutic here is no better than those you oppose. You can’t change the dialogue by playing the same game.”
To which a wise and generous friend replied: “I think this “counter-counter” protest is not as much about a scriptural challenge as it is a gentle way to for CFA to see the human faces of those who question one “biblical principal” being espoused by the founding family. I see it in the vain of Jesus asking the woman at the well for a drink of water – not as a way to piss her off, but as a way for her to SEE a little deeper into who this stranger really was.”
And so I hope I pray that I can gently yet firmly live into that vision rather than bitterly live out my own pain and righteous indignation. Here’s a subsequent post as I reflect more deeply about holding these ideas in generative tension.
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