By Molly Jo on July 24, 2012
I don't care if Chick-fil-A supports Biblical marriage. I don't care if Henson Productions supports homosexuality. I don't care.
I do care that people are being legalistic instead of loving, and people are being bullies. I do care that social media is jumping all over it as if we're sending Earth's orbit straight into the Sun.
I don't care if someone is gay any more than I care what color their eyes are. If they aren't willfully hurting someone, or if they aren't blindly acting out of ignorance, I don't care. Why? Because they don't care who I do (or don't) sleep with. I do care if someone is being abused or taken advantage of. I do care that too many people find a reason to say someone else hates them instead of taking the High Road and just letting everyone get along peacefully.
Call it sin, lifestyle choice, or what-you-will. Nobody's perfect.
And I'm okay with that. I don't want people judging my entire existence based on one aspect of my life. I've been served enough mercy and grace to share! Haven't you?
Why does one person's belief have to alienate another's? If someone wins the Big Lotto some people are happy, some say he's a gambler. If someone drinks too much some say he's an addict, some say he's a party dude. There are two sides to every story. And I don't believe that just because someone is gay, they're going to hell any more than I would believe that just because a person says he/she is a Christian that means they're going to Heaven.
I'm a Christian, and I know my views are controversial. The liberals will say I'm too conservative, and the Conservatives will say I'm too liberal. But here's my take on the whole social situation.
IT DOESN'T MATTER.
It's not my place to judge anyone. It is my place to love them, no matter who they are or what they do. Christ didn't set Himself up in the Courts. He ate and talked and stayed with prostitutes and [gasp!] tax collectors.
My Church teaches us to love the sinner but hate the sin. And we are all sinners. Period. There is but one way to Heaven: Salvation through Jesus Christ.
And it's not up to me to decide for anyone else what that salvation looks like or acts like or what it is. I know what my salvation is. And I know how I'm supposed to act.
Matthew 22:37-40 [NIV] states
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
So Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, says his company supports Biblical marriage. Why is that "hate-mongering"? He didn't say, "We refuse to serve gays." He didn't say, "Let them starve." He said, "Hey, this is what we believe."
So why are supporters of the Gay/Lesbian community not considered hate-mongers for bashing Chick-fil-A? Why couldn't they just agree to disagree, instead of starting a social free-for-all?
How is it okay for one group of people to loudly voice their opinions and beliefs nearly everywhere they can, but when others do the same, it's "wrong"?
What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
It should be as simple as that. Some people think homosexuality is okay. Others don't. I'm not going to condemn anyone for their beliefs, unless they're abhorrently evil. Some people think even one sip of wine is one sip too many. That wearing any kind of jewelry is excessive. That owning two cars in a five person family is greed.
It still tastes like Chicken.
Chick-fil-A made a statement. It doesn't change the restaurant recipe. They didn't suddenly add pepper instead of bread crumbs. It's not a political statement. It wasn't a challenge or an ultimatum. Cathy simply voiced his belief. Now, Chick-fil-A is a Christian company. Why does it suddenly surprise anyone that their beliefs are dictated by the Bible? I'd be more surprised if the head of Chick-fil-A was a Wiccan.
I'm sad at the condition of the world. I'm sad not because there are Gays and Lesbians. But because there are
In all communities.
And I'm sad because people just don't listen to each other any more. They're too busy trying to be recognized. Trying to be right. Trying to point out how the other side is intolerant. But in doing so, aren't they just as intolerant?
My name is Molly Jo. I am a Christian. I am also a Sinner. And I love you.
Because you are a Person. Period.
And Frankly, My Dear... that's all she wrote!