But now, I'm honestly annoyed with BOTH sides.
Apparently today was "go to Chick-Fil-A, show your support for them, blah blah blah". I'm a Christian, I believe Christ died to cover all our sins. I believe in traditional marriage like God writes in the Bible. I also like Chick-Fil-A for standing by their beliefs and outwardly stating they ARE, in fact, a Christian organization and not backing down. I also like Chick-Fil-A because honestly, they have amazing food and delicious chicken/waffle fries :<
HOWEVER, I do NOT like this whole "eat chicken today" thing, I think it's ridiculous, honestly.... I feel like it was started by judgmental people who want to try and "show off" their "beliefs and views" in a tangible way by supporting the victimized Christian, fast-food company. However, that whole idea ... itches at my skin. Christ DIED for us, he was God's son, and He ate with sinners. He didn't eat with the "righteous" and He was NEVER "holier than thou". He walked barefoot and wore simple clothes, He was humble and quiet, but wise in His preachings. He loved on all.
Do you think Jesus honestly would've shown up at Chick-Fil-A to eat there today to "share what He believed in and stood for"? No, he would've been loving on others, if anything, He would've been seeking out those that are lost and feeling judged by these events and speaking with them lovingly. Guiding them gently but passionately to His Father. Similar to at conventions, like what Vic said -- Jesus would be excited, talking to the cosplayers and complimenting them, loving them, befriending them. He would be hanging out with teh sinners, with the lost, because THOSE are the people He needs to be with the most.
NOT the righteous or judgmental religous people who want everyone to follow their religious laws.
I don't think Chick-Fil-A started this, I think it was a band together kind of "word of mouth" thing, but seriously, I felt a little sick to my stomach when I heard about it... I'm all for standing up for what you believe in, and honestly, I'm bothered that Christians/conservatives hardly get to stand up for what they believe in without being called out on it, but liberals get to all the time and get tons of support; but all today felt like was a REACTION to feeling hurt and offended by those protesting against Chick-Fil-A. Sure, I'm positive there were tons of amazing, LOVING Christians that supported today; loving followers of Christ that were doing it to support the company solely, to put their foot in the door of what they believe in, Christians that still love on others and aren't judgmental. HOWEVER, this is mainly a rant about all the judgmental call outs I saw on Facebook today; all the snide comments from "Christians" I've seen.
Can we as Christians really believe that Jesus would smile down on us for eating at a Christian restaurant in protest? How about going out and loving on people we feel like judging instead; how about loving on the people hating on Chick-Fil-A. How about listening, learning, and witnessing, and maybe we'll spread the light of Jesus and stand up for our beliefs more respectfully.
Sure, it's unfair that our faith is constantly protested against in the ways it has been; it's not easy, it's hard. But Christ never said it was going to be easy. How they're going about the marriage and "equality" protesting is of this world; we can't be of this world if we want to stand up for Christ, and for our beliefs. We have to be humble and sacrificing; lay down our pride, and lift up others.
TRUST ME, I am not perfect. I am a sinner, I don't deserve God's grace. I've sinned today, yesterday, this week, I will tomorrow. No one is perfect. Please do not take this blog as me hating on anyone or feeling like my views are better. Take it as a different mindset and view-point to how the Christian side of the "equality" argument is reacting.
I honestly don't want to stand on either side right now. I feel like I'm stuck in the middle of a war brewing, and as people are snaring their teeth and bearing their weapons, I'm desperately looking around for my Leader, my Savior. Dust clouds billow up as people charge and I start running blindly in any direction, desperate to get out. I clumsily fall out, just barely missing the brutal combat of war. With torn clothes and bruised limbs, I continue to watch the war. They're fighting and stabbing, biting and slashing, spitting venom and words of hatred. I hang my head, but then feel a hand on my shoulder. I look up and instantly feel almost ashamed to be in His presence.
He helps me up and dusts me off. No words are shared but I feel His love all around me and I'm more content. However, we stand off to the side slightly, watching as the war rages on. Not on either side, not in the middle, but on the outside.
"I just want to remain standing next to You," I tell Him.
With a gentle nod, His calming voice fills my ears and I feel Him all around me. I close my eyes. "My child, I am with you always. Remember my words of love, and continue to do My work, my good and faithful servant."
And then, He was gone.
"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" -- Luke 6:37-42