Thursday, January 30, 2014
Chick-fil-A Walks The Talk
Chick-fil-A is back in the news again, but just barely, because it's not about their deeply held biblical beliefs on marriage. This story is about "practicing" their deeply held biblical beliefs. Its about walking the talk.
And speaking of "talk," the homosexual activists are eerily silent about these particular religious beliefs. And so is the press.
Most of us are aware that the South---the Deep South, has been gripped by freezing weather, snow, ice, wind -- served up in sub zero temperatures.
Associated Press reported yesterday that helicopters have been sent out in an attempt to help people who are stranded in the weather.
Jessica Troy told AP, "We literally would go 5 feet and sit for 2 hours." It took her more than 16 hours to get home after work. Work to home is 12 miles.
Some school kids were forced to sleep on their bus and some had to remain at school.
The Deep South isn't used to or prepared for 4 to 8 inches of snow accompanied by freezing rain. And wind.
It causes you to wonder about so-called "global warming."
I suspect the idea of warming crossed more than one mind parked on the freeways.
Chick-fil-A is in the news again, but not so much as a year ago last summer and then again this past summer when the owner Dan Cathy said he and his family believe in traditional, biblical marriage because they believe in Christian, biblical values and principles.
So what are they up to now?
You will recall the outrage from homosexual activists and the media in 2012 when Dan Cathy, whose family owns the successful restaurant chain, said on the Ken Coleman Show, "I think we are inviting God's judgement on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say 'we know better than you as to what constitutes marriage'. I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about."
Outrage spilled across the pages of the press while homosexual activists vowed to break the business nationwide.
A month later he said publicly, "We are very much supportive of the family---the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family owned business, and we are married to our first wives."
He said, "We are thankful we live in a country where we can operate on biblical principles."
More outrage. More threats.
Mike Huckabee and others announced a "Chick-fil-A Day" and millions went to the more than 1800 restaurants. The already very successful chain had record breaking income days.
Activists and the press have not broken the business, as they often do to smaller Christian owned businesses when the owner professes and acts on deeply held biblical beliefs and principles.
Again this past summer when the U.S. Supreme Court essentially struck down DOMA, Dan Cathy Tweeted, "Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies."
More attack. More outrage. More reporting. US News and World Report, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and other newspapers shared the outrage saying, "It appears his views haven't changed...," apparently believing that if they applied enough pressure his beliefs would "evolve" as some have.
Not everyone's values are "evolving".
Back to the snow storm.
As tens of thousands of people were stranded in the storm, Chick-fil-A once again acted on their "deeply held beliefs."
The Chick-fil-A outside Birmingham, Alabama near Highway 280 rose to the occasion yesterday.
Manager Audrey Pitt told Fox News New York, "We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to everyone we could get to---as long as we had food to give out."
They also handed out bottled water.
Fox New York says, "The staffers braved the falling snow and ice and Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches."
Fox says, "The meal was a gift---no strings attached."
They asked the employees why they did it.
Pitt said, "This company is based on taking care of people and loving people before you're worried about money or profit. We were just trying to follow the model that we've come to love. There is really nothing else we could have done but try to help people."
Why is the same media so silent? I don't see these headlines flaming across the nation's newspapers.
And where are the homosexual activists who have been calling the Cathy family haters and bigots, while unsuccessfully trying to break the back of their restaurant chain?
It appears the Cathy family are not haters at all. It is also clear that everyone is not "evolving" on the definition of marriage and family. Or other biblical principles.
The Cathy family stands for biblical principles in regard to marriage and family, and in regard to compassion.
They walk the talk.
They will be opening a Chick-fil-A in North Seattle near North Gate Mall sometime this summer. Seattle officials, including newly elected Mayor Murray, have promised publicly to do everything they can to stop Chick-fil-A, although they have conceded there is not much they can do because the site is properly zoned.
I'll keep you posted as to when they will open.
Other small business owners are also walking the talk and being labeled just as the Cathy family has been labeled.
They are also facing the same kind of outrage and attack because of their biblical beliefs. Arlene's Flower and Gift in Richland has been taken on by the State because her conscience would not allow her to do a so-called "homosexual wedding."
A cake shop in Gresham, Oregon has been closed as a result of picketing and attacks by homosexual activists. The state has now announced they will likely impose significant fines on the young couple who owned the bakery and acted on their beliefs.
Photographers are being sued because they can't do homosexual "weddings" due to their biblical beliefs.
The Stormans family in Olympia have refused to carry abortion pills---the day after pills, in their pharmacy. Because of their deeply held biblical beliefs they have been dragged through court for the past several years at a personal cost of more than a half million dollars, as a result of the state trying to force them to violate their conscience.
If possible, seek out these businesses, take your business to them as much as possible.
Remember them in prayer.
Be Prayerful. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.