What a strange country we live in; we get selectively worked up on whatever issues the media decides to work us into a frenzy over while other topics are virtually ignored. I hadn’t intended on contributing to the frenzy until I read Andrew Marin’s blog post. He’s the author of Love is an Orientation, an incredible book on elevating the conversation with the LGBT community. You can read his full post here; it’s worth clicking through to. Here’s a highlight that jumped out at me:
The main question today must be how we relate to each other with strongly held convictions, rather than continually try to force everyone into theological, social or political alignment. That will never work, as highlighted by the last three days.
Part of what I appreciate about his thoughts are his critiques for both sides of the argument and the challenge we face of moving beyond that.
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Matthew, you are certainly right about our society getting selectively worked up; Themedia and more extreme lliberals would have us abstain from some of the healthiest, tastiest fast food available, not because of product or price or even the conditions provided for workers, but because the man who continues to lead the company he founded is a Christian, If we look back into the not so distant past, “boycotting” of certain businesses because of proprietor’s beliefs and/or ethnic origins were an important prelude to Adolph Hitler’s “final solution”.
Is this campaign against a busienss founded and led by a Christian just the frenzy flavor of the month, or is our society at a point where the scales are beginning to tip toward atheism as the preferred choice and evangelical Christianity as the root of all that is “wrong with this country”?
I have been seeing a sharp increase in vitriolic rants against the “believers of a stone-age religion based on myth” posted on FB by ultraliberals, including former classmates of mine who were at the highest end of the intellectual continuum so prized by educators of the time. These articles are not based on fact, or knowledge of Christian beliefs, but seem rather to aim at inciting “smart” people to dismiss Christians as some form of primitive, backward, ignorant life-form. They warn the reader to keep their children away from such creatures who will try to indoctrinate young minds with inferior and dangerous ideas based on fairy tales featuring a cosmic “Santa Claus in the sky” as the sole answer to every situation experienced by man.
Is the boycott of Chick-Fil-A just today’s distraction, soon to be replaced by another frenzy designed to sell newspapers, or has the time come to review what we learned from history, lest we find ourselves repeating it?
I don’t think the boycott was “just” because he’s a Christian; it’s more about the fact that his public denouncement led to people looking into his activities and uncovered his funding of extreme groups whose sole purpose is an attack on homosexuality. that said, i do believe he’s entitled to feel how he feels but, he doesn’t have a right to impose his will on others just like they don’t have the right to impose “pro-gay” either. We need tolerance but I’m not with all these messages being blasted at our kids– homosexuality, by default, conjures up sex, and young children do not need those messages, those questions just yet. It’s such a muddled mess, I chase my tail just thinking about it. So I let God.