If you’ve been following the news, it is likely that you have heard of the so called controversial comment made by the president of Chick-Fil-A, Mr. Dan Cathy. According to Bill O’Reilly’s opinion column, Mr. Cathy told a radio station that he’s strongly opposed to gay marriage and such support is courting serious trouble.
Since then, there has been a veritable firestorm of protests across this nation. One one side, we have Christians rising in support of Mr. Dan Cathy’s courageous stand. On the other side, we have the LBGT screaming bloody murder. At least, this the impression given by the news.
I am not writing to to endorse Mr. Cathy’s comment. Instead, I am writing to pose this question. What would Jesus actually do? How would he approach this matter? A few days ago, a friend posed this question on Facebook:
Question: If you saw Jesus breaking the rules by eating on a Sunday at Chick-Fil-A with a gay couple, would you a) quote scripture to him, b) follow him, or c) crucify him?
I propose Jesus would have sat down and enjoyed lunch with such a couple. It would not have bothered him, at all. Did it bother Jesus to talk with the Samaritan woman at the well? No, it did not. In those days, it was considered scandalous.
As with the Samaritan woman in John 4:7-26, Jesus would have approached a gay couple with gentleness and shared the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven. No, Jesus would never compromise on the truth. His purpose would be to bring them into the Kingdom of His Father.
I’m not sure of how but it’s possible that Jesus would have taken the path of least resistance. Like the Samaritan woman, Jesus may have started with a common point of interest. Why would he have asked for a drink of water?
It didn’t take long before Jesus and the Samaritan woman talked about the controversy of their day. What controversy? The issue was on where to worship.
For us, it’s gay marriage. If I model Jesus, correctly then I would point the finger at myself. Romans 3:23 is a great starting point:
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
I am not gay, been involved in drug or anything else. I could say that my life is pretty clean. However, this is not how God sees things. In my Father’s eyes, I am no better than my gay friends or the person recovering from addictions. I would go even further. God would say our sins are on par with the guy from Colorado. I’m talking about the man who slaughtered all those kids.
If not for the blood of Jesus, I’d be in as much trouble as that killer. I’m no different. Believe it or not, Jesus did not come to broken humanity to condemn ; rather the Son came to save us. See John 3:16-17:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
If Jesus is our model then it’s worth noticing a couple of things. His stance is one of gentleness and love. Jesus didn’t slam her, for having 5 husbands and shacking up the the current one. If anything, Jesus wanted to include him. It’s also worth noticing that Jesus didn’t rely on himself and a bunch of favorite verses. In other words, Jesus didn’t throw the Law at her.
Instead, Jesus relied on the Father on what to say and do? Did not Jesus say “The Son can only do what He sees the Father is doing.” (John 5:19)? How about what Jesus said in John 12:49? With these two verses in mind, please read the following account found in John 4:7-26:
7 There *came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus *said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman *said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 She *said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep; where then do You get that living water? 12 You are not greater than our father Jacob, are You, who gave us the well, and drank of it himself and his sons and his cattle?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
15 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw.” 16 He *said to her, “Go, call your husband and come here.” 17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus *said to her, “You have correctly said, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; this you have said truly.” 19 The woman *said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming ( He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus *said to her, “ I who speak to you am He.”
4 thoughts on “Jesus, Chick-Fil-A and Gay Marriage”
Thank you for sharing, and God bless you. I wrote a piece on this subject last week.
Great article, Barry. I think you captured the heart of Jesus on this one.
Hey Barry….This was so awesome, really enjoyed reading it. That is it! The real ‘heart’ of the matter:) keep it up!
Good approach to the issue! I think that’s exactly what Jesus would do. I pray we have the courage to do the same the next time something like this happens.