“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other, you cannot serve God and money.” (Matt 6:24, Lk 16:13)
Christians: we have brothers & sisters that are being persecuted for their beliefs. Right here. In the good ol’ US of A. And I hear they are struggling to stand firm and focused on Christ. They need our prayer and our support.
Who are they? They are the Cathy family and the business leaders of Chik-Fil-A. Word is, Dan Cathy is being pressured to retract his comment that he believes in the biblical view of marriage: one man and one woman. Pray that he stands firm. Pray that strong Christian believers will come alongside him and affirm him, pray for him, and support him to stand firm and not bow to public pressure and compromise his beliefs.
Community leaders are turning against him and refusing to allow his company to build in their cities. Not all cities, but there are several that have made public proclamations that they do not want to allow him to grow his business in their town.
Jesus said we’d face persecution because of Him. He said that if a town would not receive them to shake the dust off their sandals and move on. (Matt 10:14, Mk 6:11, Lk 9:5). Granted, Jesus was preparing the twelve apostles to go out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Mr. Cathy is a business owner. If a city doesn’t want him to build there because of his beliefs, then he should move on. There are, I’m sure, other cities that would welcome him and Chik-Fil-A with open arms.
But what about the Chik-Fil-As that are already established in communities? What about the people that work there? Pray for them also. Support them. Affirm their decision to continue to work for Mr. Cathy and his company. Thank them for their faithfulness.
August 1st is our opportunity to show the Cathys and their employees, owner/operators, and our neighbors that we support them. Will there be adversity? I’m sure. Word is that a nationwide protest is being organized for August 3rd. Same sex couples are rumored to be planning to block access to the restaurants on this date. Will this actually take place? Who knows. If you happen to wander over to the restaurant on the 3rd and there are protesters present, pray for them. Pray that they seek Jesus and surrender their lives to Him.
How do we converse with those who don’t agree with our beliefs? With love & respect. If the conversation escalates to aggression, either verbal or physical, it will not glorify God. The battle is not our’s, it’s the Lord’s; let the Holy Spirit fight this battle.
Christian business owners need our support, both prayerfully and financially. If you’re close to a Chick-Fil-A on either the 1st or the 3rd, be sure to stop in. Likewise, if you know of any businesses owned or operated by Christians, stop by there as well. Thank the manager or owner/operator for being there. Make a purchase. And let them know you’re praying for them: for strength during this trial and that the Lord would bless their faithfulness with continued opportunities to serve their community.