Pastor's Corner

18 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

As if we needed another example of how intolerant the “progressive tolerant left” really is, New Yorker magazine writer Dan Piepenbring gives us a great example in his most recent piece “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.”  After a recent lunch visit to the world’s largest Chick-fil-A restaurant in Manhattan, Piepenbring goes on a tear against the restaurant explaining how he cannot understand New Yorker’s infatuation with the brand (citing selling a sandwich every six seconds) given the company’s history of bigotry and hate toward the LGBT community.  He tells readers that the arrival of the Chick-fil-A brand to New York “feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism.”  Piepenbring does his best to justify his antichristian feelings by referencing founder Dan Cathy, pointing out that some of the company’s charitable giving has gone to oppose same-sex marriage, attacking the headquarters in Atlanta because of the numerous Bible verses and statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet.  He even takes a lengthy shot at the mascot cow by claiming “Americans fell in love with an ad in which one farm animal begs us to kill another in its place.”

If taking down Chick-fil-A was his goal, or even if he wanted to sway his readers slightly to his way of thinking toward the brand, he does a terrible job by, in the same rant, citing all of the redeeming qualities the restaurants have brought to the city.  He describes the location he visited as having a children’s book section with books and posters in support of the restaurant doing its best to incorporating itself into the community.  He points out the fact that the company donates thousands of pounds of food to New York Common Pantry, and that its growth has created jobs.  He even goes so far as to complain that the restaurants pride themselves on being clean, their employees are friendly and the food is better for you than most other fast food places.  For a man that hates this place so much he is making a pretty good case for someone to go try it out for themselves.       

You can’t make this stuff up! Read it for yourself: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/chick-fil-as-creepy-infiltration-of-new-york-city?mbid=social_twitter 

How do we respond to something like this?  At first I was mad but then the thought hit me, the fact is, like most haters, Mr. Piepenbring has probably never really known a Christian before.  Obviously he has come in contact with them through the restaurant, but has he taken the time to get to know one of us and ask himself why we do what we do?  On this thought I can’t help but feel sorry for people like him because of the obvious hate they have brewing inside them.  When the only criticism he can find in his “personal experience” is that they are proud of the fact that they provide a cleaner, nicer and healthier experience than others in the area.  That they give to the poor and provide jobs for those in need, wow, what kind of internal struggle must be going on in him? In ministry speak we call it Holy Spirit conviction!  Isn’t it amazing that God can use an experience with chicken sandwich to convict a lost person!  The encouragement I find in this article is the way Jesus tells us to deal with people of this world actually works.   

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

 So how should we respond to people like this? Boycott the New Yorker and others like it?  No, in this case I don’t think so because if they keep writing articles like these they are the best advertisement for Christian business.  Our challenge is to go and live our life like a Chick-fil-A.  Be the best you can be and treat others the way you want to be treated.  That’s how Jesus did it, and so should we!   

Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

 

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