Part II of II (see Part I Here)
Dan Cathy’s (CEO of Chick-fil-A) recent comments in support of a biblical view of marriage launched a vitriolic barrage from both sides of the culture war. Two of the more significant salvos were issued by Boston mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago alderman Joe Moreno, who (separately) announced they would block any move by Chick-fil-A to open a franchise in their area.
I’ve spent the last week pondering the evangelical response. I keep hearing words like “fascist” or “media bias” (Side note: fascist or socialist actions don’t automatically make a country fascist or socialist any more than eating a sundae automatically makes one obese). And my Facebook feed has blown up with invitations to Mike Huckabee’s Chick-fil-A day.
The majority of Evangelical responses seem to share one central theme: fear. We’re afraid of the implications. We’re afraid that fascism or socialism is coming. We’re afraid of same-sex marriage. We’re afraid of losing the culture war.
People who tell you to fear are trying to control you.
Which is why these same people shout about Menino from the rooftops, but only mention in hushed tones that the ACLU swiftly condemned him, or the Boston Herald’s scathing editorial piece against Menino, or Menino’s own retraction and apology: “I can’t do that. That would be interference to his rights to go there.”
Fear tends to elicit the ‘flight or fight’ response. When we’re most terrified about that which we hold most dear, we fight like hell to protect it. Which is exactly what we’ve done far too often: fight like Hell.
Jesus once described what fighting like Heaven looks like. “If someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles… Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” If we truly want to see God’s kingdom come, then it’s time to throw off the ice-cold, paralyzing shackles of fear. If we must boycott, then let’s launch a boycott worthy of bearing the name ‘Christian.’
Let’s boycott fear.
What if fear wasn’t motivating us to ‘send a message’ on Huckabee’s self-absorbed evangelical indulgence day? Instead, what if we went to Chick-fil-A and purchased a lemonade for every same-sex couple we see kissing on Same-Sex Kiss Day?
What if we stopped defining ourselves by where we don’t spend our money, and instead made God look generous by pouring money into civic projects?
What if we adopted a child instead of holding a sign?
What if we led expansive lives characterized by courageous, sacrificial love? What if our approach to politics was governed by the freeing realization that GOD WILL WIN, regardless of who’s in office?
What if perfect love really does drive out fear?
May we answer the question with our lives.