I Support Chick-Fil-A

With Bubba Cathy

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I just wanted to express my personal support for Chick-Fil-A. If interested I hear that Mike Huckabee is having a Support Chick-Fil-A Day next Wednesday August 1st.

ADDENDUM: Read this excellent post by my nephew, Matt Chambers on Chick-fil-A hulabaloo.

Alan served as the final president of Exodus International from 2001 to 2013 when together with a core team of leaders and board of directors he closed the organization and began making great strides towards building relationships with the LGBTQIA community and encouraging the global Church to do the same. With a goal to reduce fear, establish trust, and inspire hope on both sides for the sake of the Gospel, Alan and his wife, Leslie, spend their time being available to anyone who desires to talk. He has been featured on every major media outlet across the globe. Alan and Leslie’s first book together, My Exodus: From Fear to Grace (Zondervan, 2015) releases on September 29.

The Chambers spend the best part of their lives with their 10 year olds, Molly and Isaac, and the rest having conversations about all things gay with anyone and everyone over lunch in Winter Park, Florida or in other locations throughout the world.
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14 thoughts on “I Support Chick-Fil-A

  1. It wouldn’t have anything to do with the donation they gave to Exodus would it? I wouldn’t want you to appear bought and paid for.

  2. Of course you support them! Their donation to Exodus is a major reason why people are mad at them. This is the biggest, least self-aware “duh” moment I’ve seen in the entire debate.

  3. So Alan, I ask sincerely: Do you really think things like this are acceptable, productive contributions to this debate?

    DAN CATHY, president and COO of Chick-fil-A:”It’s very clear in Romans chapter 1, if we look at society today, we see all the twisted up kind of stuff that’s going on. Washington trying to redefine the definition of marriage and all the other kinds of things that we go—if you go upstream from that, in Romans chapter 1, you will see that because we have not acknowledged God and because we have not thanked God, that we have been left victim to the foolishness of our own thoughts, and as result, we are suffering the consequences of a society and culture who has not acknowledged God or not thanked God—he’s left us to a deprived mind. It’s tragic and we live in a culture of that today.”

    DAN CATHY: “…I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about”

    I await your reply.

  4. @Jeremy: I think everyone has a right to their opinion. I don’t think the “judgement” card is helpful, necessary or true. If America is going to be judged we are all playing a part in the “why” of that unlikely reality. I, too, am tired of the battles and the language. I don’t want to suppose anything on Dan Cathy, but my thought is that he, like most, finds it easy to comment on these things when sitting in an interviewers chair not giving any thought to you, a gay man. I think there is some room on both sides for thoughtful engagements and no more grenades.

    • A few points: The first comments were delivered to a mega church. And what’s weird to me is that gays and marriage were not even a topic. he seriously had to shoe horn them into his speech, which was mostly about Chick-fil-A and its practices. So I don’t buy the idea that he wasn’t thinking about someone like me. The problem, Alan, is that he *was* thinking about people like me and marriages like mine for some weird reason. He chose to bring this up, not us!

      Also, please don’t do that reductive thing about everyone having a right to an opinion. You’re a smart man, Alan—you know that no one is seriously trying to deny him his opinion. You also know that those of us who respond to him are simply expressing our opinions. So that card is a complete and utter non-starter. It’s also a deliberate game move that your “side” uses. It’s getting old.

      The fact of the matter is that none of this would’ve ever come to light, had I not put it out there. I have not thrown verbal “grenades.” If you distill this down to the most basic level and shut out all noise, you have a prominent American COO who chose, on his own free will and time, to say these things. That is the controversy here)—all else is noise.

      So I ask you again: Do you still support these words (i.e. the reason why there is a controversy)?

      • When it comes to these issues, my struggle with my fellow Christians is far bigger than how they treat and talk about others. My issue is with how they view God—as an angry tyrant ready to hit the smite button as if his temper is as short as ours. I don’t know that God. God is patient, kind, good, just, merciful, gracious, tolerant, giving, loving, all-knowing, all powerful, forgiving, and bigger than anything. I believe everyone can know Him and should. So, to the question of support…I don’t support the view that God is angry and ready to pounce. I don’t think the marriage debate (from “our” side) is doing anyone any good at this point. As a Christian, I want to point people to a God who is crazy about them and wants to be in relationship with people. A God who does have a desire for all of us to choose his plan over ours. And, I think we all get parts right and parts wrong.

        In this instance, just noting the exact words you have shared about what Dan Cathy said, without knowing all of what he said, I am disappointed. These things feel like losses to me not wins.

        THough I don’t support his words, I do feel there is A LOT more to his heart on the matter than what he showed and I’m hoping that will be seen. Their commitment to foster kids and orphans and broken marriages is amazing and I support that. And, I support them as my friends that I know and love. But, I am sorry that these battles rage and hurt you and others. It’s very hard to know how to believe and live a certain way when it collides with what a neighbor believes and lives.

        I hope this helps a little.

        • Alan,

          How they think about God is demonstrated by how they treat others. Jesus said this over and over and over and over. If you love Him, you’ll keep his commandment to love. It’s Galations, it’s John, It’s Matthew, it’s the entire theme of the New Testament.

        • And, by the way, I’d love your opinions on my new commentary about the Exodus defectors. (I don’t seem to have your email address)

          So yeah, I’m pissed off that you supported Dan Cathy, but I do think we are in agreement about God.

  5. @Luke & Scott: WINSHAPE has given $500/year to Exodus for 7 years. The Cathy family has not donated once. Regardless of where our opinions might differ, I support my friends and their business. My nephew wrote a great piece that I have added to the post. He sums up my thoughts perfectly.

  6. Alan, Jeremy addressed the reasons that the gay community is angry. Not Cathy’s beliefs, but the “perverse” and “depraved” and “shaking their fist at God” language.

    It’s not okay.

    I don’t care what anyone believes, that language is NOT okay.

    Or to be more specific, everyone agrees that it is not okay if directed towards THEM, but they are quite often okay with it being directed towards me and Jeremy. And that is what Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day was about.

    That’s entirely and exactly what it was about. Please understand this.

    The purpose of the day was to show sides. To say that what Dan Cathy did was not only acceptable, but to be supported. And – pay close attention – it was the words that offended gay people which were being supported. Not the false issue of free speech. Not “his beliefs about biblical marriage”.

    The ONLY reason that Chick-Fil-A was supported was because it was being criticized. So the ONLY reason for the support was for what he was criticized about. In other words, this was a day to celebrate whatever it was that offended gay people.

    And Alan, that is what you celebrated on Wednesday. You celebrated Dan Cathy calling me perverse and depraved. You celebrated him accusing me of shaking my fist at God.