Chick-Fil-A And The Boycott Bandwagon

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Chick-Fil-A. From hero to villain, overnight. The restaurant that half of America loved and the other half hated has become the restaurant that is now hated by those who loved them and loved by those who hated them. Go figure. 

Only in America would this happen... where we have anything we want and gripe about everything we have.

But I’m curious about one thing. As you prepare to now boycott CFA do you shop at Target, or buy Nikes, or drink Coke, or shop at Home Depot, or drink Starbucks, or fly Delta, or...  

Perhaps your answer to all those places is:  “No!  I support none of those companies!”  But I’d speculate that if we surveyed your expenditures long enough, we’d find there are ways in which your dollars are spent that violate something you believe. 

There is absolutely no way to draw a line in the sand to withhold your dollars from anything and everything that does not affirm the complete teachings of Scripture.
I’d be willing to bet that we are all inconsistent in this regard, both in our expenditures, but more importantly, that we ourselves violate Scripture... daily.

So will we jump on the bandwagon again and shake our fists at another company that refuses to align completely with our beliefs?  When California boycotted certain states because those states were not in line with CA’s progressive ideology, didn’t many of the “bandwagon boycotters” rail against that state?  

It seems to me that the issue here is much deeper than simply boycotting. Rather, I believe it sadly reveals how so many are so ready to fight and gripe, at the drop of a pin, while the matters of eternal importance are rarely pursued.

This last week I had the joy of meeting some believers from a totalitarian country. Their stories and their lives oozed joy, gratitude, and love for the work of the Lord. Yet, most believers there survive on $50 PER MONTH, and often less. Yes, you read that correctly.

The concerns of these believers are not over whether a business did a certain thing. Or did their government infringe on their rights and freedoms.  Or did some politician vote a certain way. Rather, these folks are thankful for little things... like a tin roof over their head when a hurricane blew off the thatched one they had. Or a church building to worship in, versus their house church they were previously meeting in. Or upgrading a 50+ year old dilapidated truck to turn it into a bus to transport people to church. 

Of course, if you feel God is calling you to boycott CFA, then who am I to tell you otherwise. But it seems that it’s all too easy to point out the speck in the other guy’s eye, while missing the log in our own... especially in the land of the free, and home of the brave. 

“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own?” ??Matthew? ?7:3?

“But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” ??John? ?6:27?

“Look beneath the surface so you can judge correctly.” ??John? ?7:24?

Live Free... (of bandwagons)

Mark West

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