I am now "official." Yesterday was my first day on the job, and the staff gave me a warm welcome and tour. I think it will take a number of weeks before I can completely find my way around, and I've even thought about leaving a trail of bread crumbs to help me out. We had a powerful prayer time where we all called upon the Lord for HIS guidance as we begin this new season together. And then we went to lunch. We joined several hundred of our "closest friends" at Chick-fil-A to show our support of biblical values, which have been challenged through the recent uproar centering around a chicken restaurant. Only in America. Tolerance seems to apply in our country for every group except Christians. I was astounded when the Chicago and Boston mayors both said that Chick-fil-A is no longer welcome in their cities. Really? Other business owners can express their views in support of gay marriage, and yet Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, isn't allowed the freedom to express his support of "the biblical definition of the family unit"? Here's the deal. If you disagree with Dan Cathy, don't eat at Chick-fil-A. I don't agree with the Hooters establishment, so I choose not to eat there. What saddens me is the continued moral slide in our country, but what saddens me even more is the statistical fact that there is very little difference between Christians and non-Christians concerning moral issues and actions.
Now, before you start thinking that this is just another fundamentalist Christian tirade, let me be clear. My issue is not as much with our country as it is with the church. 1 Peter 4:17 tells us that judgment begins with God's household. For anyone listening (or reading), I call us back to the humility and servanthood of Jesus Christ. We don't take the moral high ground with arrogant hearts and pointing fingers at all the "bad people out there." We get on our knees for prayer and to wash the feet of others. Jesus calls us to love our enemies and to pray for them. Call me an idealist, but I believe that if we do these things and not just talk about them, more people will see the love and truth of Jesus Christ and be drawn to Him.
Lunch at Chick-fil-A with several hundred of our "closest friends" was a good start, but let's take it a step further. If that many people will show up at a fast-food restaurant, how many would show up for a demonstration of Christ's love by serving in our community? Better yet, how about if we all chose to serve those around us everywhere we went? It's the little things that make a difference. Smile. Say "Thank you." Offer to help someone who is struggling, and pray for them. Oh, and don't forget: Love each other, even when you don't like each other. And enjoy another chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A. Maybe I'll see you there!