SEEKING COMMON GROUND AT THE CHICK-FIL-A

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Christians should not attend a same-sex wedding — even of their own child — because it implies “moral approval,” according to Dr. Albert Mohler in his latest book, We Cannot Be Silent.*  Dr. Mohler is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

The suggestion that parents should separate themselves from gay children who choose to marry moves the Southern Baptists in the sad direction of becoming a religious sect rather than a prominent denomination.

This brings me to Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain famous for its chicken sandwich and its owner’s stand against same-sex marriage. Even though Dan Cathy, the founder’s son and current president, now admits misgivings about his company’s anti-gay stance, protesters still showed up to picket the recent opening of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York City.

When educators like Dr. Mohler promote hogwash and chicken sandwiches become politicized, one has to question if there is any common ground to be found.

Here’s My Take: From a faith perspective, love/dialogue/forgiveness trumps hate/isolation/punishment – every time.

In this light, I suggest that on Thanksgiving Friday (Nov. 27th), all of us, including Southern Baptists (15.5 million) and an equal number from the gay community (12.2 million plus family and friends), drop by  Chick-fil-A and order a chicken sandwich.  This Thanksgiving meal – after a moment of silence – should be enjoyed in the spirit, not of our differences, but of our common humanity. Surely, on “Eat Mor Chikin” we can all agree.

To locate a Chick-fil-A near you, click here: http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Locator. Whether “dining-in” or “driving-thru,” don’t forget to say, “Roger sent me.” That’s sure to bring a smile. 

*See “Boycott gay weddings, even family, says Southern Baptist leader Al Mohler,” by Andrew Wolfson, USA TODAY Network, October 15, 2015.

 

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