Was It Worth It?

I spent all of yesterday incredibly sad. I am still sad today. Every time I open up Facebook (and you all know how I love me some Facebook!), I just get more sad.

I want you to know how much I love Jesus. I love Him and am so thankful for Him. Before I knew Him I was so lonely and purposeless. If I ever make you laugh or you are ever touched by my kindness or my love, know this: it is fully the love of Jesus in me that you see and not me. Any meanness or selfishness, well, that IS me.

And that is why I am sad. I fear that because of a national movement, because of a stand taken ferociously and joyfully by my some of my well-meaning brothers and sisters in Christ who I love dearly, that I have lost credibility as someone who loves Jesus.

Supporters- you were right. You were right that a man has the right to sell chicken regardless of his opinion. You are right that just because you have a different point of view, it doesn’t make you a hatemonger. You were right.

Boycotters- you were right. You were right that if a man stands for something that you disagree with so fundamentally, a stance that causes great pain to you or someone you love, then you have the right to not patronize his business. You were right.

Photo Credit: Dmitry Kalinin

But here we sit in the aftermath of the ‘rightness’. Here we sit with our voices hoarse from screaming and our ears deaf because of the noise. Here we sit in the carnage of this event. Right and righteous. Congratulating ourselves in our courage to scream.

Was it worth it?

Here it is the next day, and my job is still the same as it was yesterday. To talk about Jesus and his great love for me and for you, too. And by you, I mean whoever is reading this. You.

But because of the screaming, ears are more deaf to the message. Because it was so important to be right, the lines are drawn more deeply. The two immovable sides are now more immovable. Credibility (“Witness” in Christian-ese) has been traded for the privilege of being right.

Was it worth it?

 

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe~ Philippians 2:14-15

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12 responses to “Was It Worth It?

  1. Yes, it was worth it. Because it isn’t about being right. It’s about the RIGHT to speak out at all. If we are silent–or force others to be–what do we have left? It isn’t carnage we sit here in the middle of. It’s freedom–and that same freedom allows those of opposing beliefs to share their thoughts just as it allows us to share our own. I am not hoarse from screaming. I am grateful to live in a country where we are free to express our beliefs, and I am grateful that there are people bold enough to speak up for biblical values. Love does not equal passive tolerance. If it does, then Jesus died for nothing. Speak the truth in love. Love is not passive. It is fierce enough to lay it all on the line for what is right. Our founders fought and died so we could have freedoms we squander with hardly a blink of an eye–in the name of LOVE? God forbid.

    • Guess who else squandered everything in the name of LOVE? Jesus. Even though he was right, too. For God so loved the world He gave His one and only son that whoever believed in Him shall not perished but have eternal life. I want people to know that love. Yesterday made people less willing to listen. Lisa, you are right. But what are you forfeiting?

      • I respectfully disagree that yesterday was a wash, or that nothing positive was gained, or that people will be less likely to follow Christ for watching His people stand up for HIS truth as set out in Scripture. If He didn’t want us to define things according to His Word, why did He tell us to? We have got it so backward. We are throwing out the baby with the bathwater here, and it rips my heart out to see Truth on the chopping block.

  2. Jose Figueroa

    I believe it was Nicole. There was nothing unloving about supporting a brother in Christ who is living out loud. We always question Christians who are Christians only on Sundays and only at home. We wonder where are the saints like Daniel that stood firm for God yet was successful in his career. We have a man who is unashamed of Christ and we hesitate about whether is right to come alongside when he is unfairly attacked.

    Taking a stand for Biblical truth will cost you something. This world system will always be hostile to God and His people. Jesus said, “they have hated me, they will hate you too.”.

    Yes we should express love and we should allow others to speak their mind. That does not mean we have to be silent with our voices, our money, or our votes. Jesus was full of compassion but He never retreated from the truth.

  3. *sigh*
    I’m with you, Nicole. I supported Chickfila yesterday…and today I’m having lunch with a dear friend who’s struggled with same-sex attraction since we were teens. I love both Sam Cathy and Waylon dearly. And Jesus loves them more than I can imagine….

    I’m down with the whole ‘free speech’ position..and try to support businesses run on Biblical principles. But today, I am reminded of this:

    If i speak w/tongues of liberals or conservatives, if I boycott or eat Chikin, if I quote Scripture or CEO’s & don’t have love, I am nothing. I am a clanging gong…sound and fury, signifying nothing. (I Corinthians 13…with a little Shakespeare and @tomcottar thrown in…)

    great thoughts!

  4. Laura

    I feel your love and your passion in your words, my dear friend. My heart is heavy for the burden you have taken on over this issue. God so loves that you are so concerned for His message being so twisted. I think you are correct about everyone having to be right. In the end, will the winner be remembered, will there be a winner or will it go down as a tie?

  5. Richard Gary

    N
    Yes here I sit today with a totally different perspective on Yesterday’s and perhaps tomorrow’s events than what you have experienced. That is part of the joy of both community and diversity. No two people experience the same color in the same way.

    What I saw was people SILENTLY and PATIENTLY supporting a God given right to have a personal belief system that may be unpopular and the Government sponsored support of the right to express it even if silently.

    Friday, those with an opposing viewpoint have vowed to stage a kiss off at the offending establishments. I have pondered the ramifications of joining them onsite. Not to create a scene, but a show of support for their right to free speech. And if asked, I would question if there was not a better way to express that right than in an intentionally inflammatory manner. I would love to hear the answer. The Wednesday ‘carnage’ was far from that and if for the lack of similar numbers, Friday’s event might be closer match to your discription for its intended message is much more direct and intentionally offensive. It would be awesome for BGLT folk protesting to actually sense Christians were supporting their right to express themselves without endorsing their opinion

    I wrote a piece that is in my notes section on my FB page entitled

  6. Richard Gary

    My piece on FB is “Beware of Tolerance”- would love to hear from all as to it’s position.

  7. Once again, the nail-head is flat! Thanks for the perspective.

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