I'm still not totally sure about this, but here goes.
I have one honest question for those who would participate in and be vocal about supporting Chick-Fil-A as an expression of their Christian faith:
How does this particular action serve to bring those you've labelled as sinners (somehow worse than the rest of us, mind you) into loving relationship with Christ?
As Christians, our singular purpose should be to love God, love others, and bring the two together into relationship. How do actions like these serve those purposes, when the end result is division within the church and hardened hearts outside it? If you honestly believe that being a homosexual is this great affront to the Almighty that will result in a person's eternal damnation, then shouldn't you be bending over backwards to show them the Love, Grace and Acceptance that Christ embodied in his life and teachings?
Christians should support Christian companies.
That's fine, whatever, but when you make it a litmus test of sorts, and bill it as an expression of faith, I'm forced to ask, are we still to do so at the expense of pushing people away from the love of Christ? Is throwing your support behind (and being vocal about said support) a company that aligns with your particular political values more important than seeing more people potentially move into a fuller life and relationship with God?
It's about free speech. I should be able to voice my Christian views without fear of reprisal.
So making a political point is more important than being a conduit for God's grace? Is your political philosophy more important than someone else's life?
It's wrong, and I'm standing up for what's right.
More or less wrong than how you and I fail to hit the mark every single day? When we start picking and choosing which "sins" are acceptable to continue in while we work out our salvation and which ones aren't, we're putting ourselves in the seat of the righteous judge where Christ should rightfully be. We exalt legalism above love and justify our idolatry by appealing to notions of what is and isn't "Biblical."
We're choosing the Law over Love. We're denying the power of Christ's radically inclusive love to draw men and women into relationship with the Creator, and denying the power of the Holy Spirit to continue her Her work in pursuit, redemption, and transformation.
We're settling for a lower standard.
Christ said that the world would know we were his disciples by our love. So the simple question remains, do actions like these serve to express Christ's love to the world, or are they intended for something different, something less ideal?
The irony in all of this is that it just doesn't matter what we individually believe to be a "Biblical" view of sexuality or marriage or holiness or whatever it is we're fighting about this week. The Bible is a love story, not a rule book, so no matter what the question is, the answer is always the same: