I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the hype going on regarding the Chick-Fil-A restaraunt but here’s the the quick run down: Chick-Fil-A is a fast-food restaurant chain that supports traditional marriage and family values and because of this “Muppets” maker CEO, Lisa Henson severed ties with the restaurant due to the fact that they do not support gay marriage. This created a lot of reaction from the public. People who support gay marriage are threatening to boycott Chick-fil-A whereas Christians are in an uproar over the fact that the company holds pro-family values is causing them to lose business from people. Personally, I don’t get too caught up in all of the “current news”. I hear about it. I think about how sad it may be. And then I put it somewhere in the back of my mind along with the other negative news circling around in this fallen world of ours because at the end of the day it doesn’t really effect me in any way, at least not personally.
But according to a retired pastor in one of his most recent blog posts about this whole thing… what’s going on with Chick-Fil-A may not affect me personally today (as a Christian) but it may be the beginning of something big… the beginning of what may usher in what all of us Christians knew we would eventually be facing because of our faith in the end days… PERSECUTION. If we don’t succumb to the standards, values, and beliefs of the world then the world will turn against us in the same way they turned against the disciples in early Christianity. In his blog post, the pastor made a great point: “If the photos above “bother” you, just imagine the restaurant logo being replaced by your church’s name. It’s coming. It’s gonna happen.”
Sad… but most likely true. Soon every church, every pastor, and every Christian will be tested on exactly where they stand when it comes to their values, beliefs, moral standards, and most of all: the Word of God. It will be tempting to turn a blind eye to what is written in the Bible in regards to not only homosexuality but the many other sins that are “ok” in the world today. Will we try to blend in with the rest of the world and its standards or will we stand up for what is right: the truth? We will only know when the time comes. For now it’s important to be rooted in God’s Word, to understand His truth so that when the time comes we won’t be swayed by persuasive words and appeals of people. Jesus was hated for standing for truth and here in America we’ve been having it pretty “easy” compared to the many Christians in the world today who suffer today because of their beliefs.
Just last night I attended a worship event at a beach where youth gathered together to sing worship songs around a fire and share the gospel. As I stood there I couldn’t help but think about the fact that here we were standing in a public beach in a big city openly proclaiming the Word of God and worshiping Him together while there are so many Christians in other countries who are prohibited from ever worshiping God in public, who are thrown in jail for their beliefs, who are beaten and burned because they profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. What a contrasting picture. And a sobering thought. In America we are lucky with our religious freedom and rights. It’s something we don’t tend to think much about until a controversy arises and we remember once again that it might not always be this way. How long will these freedoms and rights remain? Who knows. But as Christians we should embrace the time that we have right now. We should continue building our faith in God. We should meditate on God’s Word in such a way that our faith will not waver during trials and tribulations. That we will know exactly where and on what we stand. That we won’t trade in God’s truth for what the world will have to offer us. Because… we won’t have it as easy as we have it today.
Be blessed! 🙂