Say it ain’t so!
Chick-fil-La patrons who supported the Christian-owned restaurant after president and CEO Dan Cathy’s biblical statements about marriage are waiting for the company’s answer to an important question:
Why are you sponsoring a “faith-based” homosexual film and arts festival?
A group called Level Ground holds film and arts events in six cities. Gracepointe Church and Vanderbilt Divinity School recently sponsored the festival.
Chick-fil-A is listed as a sponsor. Level Ground says it “draws a unique audience that reflects the full spectrum of religious (and non-religious) beliefs, gender identities, and sexual orientations. All denominations, theologies, beliefs, races, and ages are welcome.”
It doesn’t take a theologian to explain why it’s unbiblical for Christians to support something like this. Imagine churches and Christian-owned businesses affirming the liar’s lifestyle. Can you envision such places sponsoring events that attempt to normalize thievery or adultery? Homosexuality, lying, thievery, and adultery are sins. We can be compassionate toward people struggling with sin, but we don’t affirm it.
Christian News Network reported that a patron started an online petition to bring the issue to the company leaders’ attention.
“Per our research and findings, Chick-fil-A is a sponsor of ‘Level Ground’ … [a]nd upon further inquiry, your sponsorship of this organization supports pro-gay organizations … and many other groups that promote an agenda which is contrary to Chick-fil-A’s corporate stance on Christian values regarding marriage and stewardship,” the petition reads.
“In light of these findings, we ask that Chick-fil-A issues an official response regarding this sponsorship, along with any statement your team feels is necessary to clarify Chick-fil-A’s corporate stance regarding previously stated Christian values on marriage and stewardship,” it says.
In 2012, Cathy made a statement affirming what marriage actually is. He said that by redefining the institution to include two people of the same sex, “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.’ 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.”
That is a biblical position. Christians do not embrace their sin, or build a lifestyle around it, or call it good. We hope Chick-fil-A still stands for biblical principles.
Christian News Network reached out to Chick-fil-A for comment and explanation regarding its sponsorship of Level Ground, but a response was not received as of press time.