Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chicken Controversy???

I wrote that title and chuckled. It made me think of Tim Hawkin's song. That boy...never know what he's going to come up with. 

The real "chicken controversy" isn't very funny though.

I'm not going to wade into it a ton or shout anything from my roof (picture a 40 year old mom windmilling as she took a header off the roof).  I just want to share a couple of thoughts.

I was reading the next blog and saw such wisdom in her post. 

"In the Basement"

I believe that, yes, we have a right to choose where our money goes...or where it does not go.  We have a right to base our beliefs on absolute truth (God's Word).  Yet, I have seen a lot of ugliness on BOTH sides of this chicken debacle. 

When CEO Cathy made his statement (and yes, I have read it) he did it in a kind and peaceful manner.  He did NOT say he was better and/or more sinless than any other person.  He did not put any child of God down.  God created every single one of us.  He spoke in truth and peace, based on a sound Biblical foundation.

Then some decided to boycott.  That is a right we ALL have.  Do any of us really want to put our money, that is worked hard for and doesn't go as far as it used to, into a business that may support things that we do not (right or wrong)?

Yet, then the ugliness started ON BOTH SIDES.  Name calling started.  Really?  I don't see this example in the Bible...this kind of name calling.

Jesus did not handle sin that way (John 8:1-11).  Don't get me wrong.  Jesus called a sin a sin.  He gave us the basis to see sin and yes, he does expect us to be honest about it.  BUT He expects us to be honest about it with love, because we love others so much that we want what's best for them.  We HAVE TO LOOK IN and we have to help others WITH LOVE.  We cannot remain ambivalent to sin, in ourselves as well.  We can look at the world and see what happens when we do, but how we handle it is another thing.

People are not handling this well.  I am stating that as an OBVIOUSLY imperfect person that does not always handle things well.

We cannot expect those that do not know Christ to understand the ways of Christ.

"What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.  The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit." I Corinthians 2:12-15 

I must say, how can we expect those that don't know our Savior to want to know Him when we are spitting vitriol.  Name calling will not show them God's love, but drive people the other direction.

Yes, we cannot lie...should not...will not...but we MUST tell God's truths in love and peace, with others best interests at heart.  Christ has to be first.  Christ brings change, not name calling.

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Yes, if you're asking, we did support CEO Cathy today.  His words were peaceful, based on a solid Biblical foundation....even if some took them and ran with it another way. 

The last part of the quote by Cathy says this, "We know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on Biblical principles."

Is that still so? I hope so.

Back to today...

The parking lot was organized chaos....not just the parking lot, but the street where the line continued. We waited for around an hour in the drive-thru.  Orders were taken by smiling employees in 100 degree weather.  People waiting for 45 minutes still let others go before them. 


In front and in back of us. You can barely see the building.

Anna, my AM chicken run buddy today.
Taking orders in 100 degree weather..with a smile.


My PM chicken buddy.  My oldest (Tom) is in the back,
but wouldn't let me take a picture.

 Yes, this is how much it takes to feed our family.

People really ROCK when they want to!

2 comments:

  1. "I must say, how can we expect those that don't know our Savior to want to know Him when we are spitting vitriol. Name calling will not show them God's love, but drive people the other direction." pretty much sums it up.
    i wish we lived near a restaurant, i would have joined you in chaos.

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  2. We actually enjoyed the event as a peaceful opportunity to example free speech and free religion. When trays of iced water were brought out to us on line, my Son offered a cup to the gay couple in line behind us, we held the door for others straining for a wave of air conditioning who were dressed as orthodox Jews. Some youth group kids held their umbrella to add shade for my kids. We high fived some active duty soldiers in combat boots and desert fatigues and thanked them for serving. We signed our names on post it notes that read God Bless America sticking them to the wall. And we meant it:)

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