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.
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