Mt 13:10-17 No Scapechicken!
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The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?” He said to them in reply, “…This is why I speak to them in parables, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand…Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.”
A sociology professor asked his class if anybody was a racist. Of course all the students shook their heads in denial. “Are you sure?” the professor asked. A few minutes later, he tested one student by asking him, “Tell me what you think about this statement: If you want to make the world a better place, then you have to kill all the African-Americans, all the Jewish people and all the firemen.” The student, looking confused, responded, “Why all the firemen?”
The professor walked away with a smile on his face, satisfied that he had made his point.
However, I think I would have objected to such a rash conclusion. The student was not being a racist. He was being a student.
We know, from our history, that African-Americans have been the object of discrimination and slavery by others. We also know, from history, that the Jews have been slaughtered by the millions by others. But the reaction of the student, regarding firemen, would have made me wonder: Why are firemen the object of this man's fury?
The same question can be asked regarding Christians who support (traditional) marriage: Why are they the object (or target) of so much fury?
If I was a supporter of "gay marriage" and asked a Southern Baptist gentleman what he thought about "gay marriage”, I would hope he would be honest with me. Then I would hope he would agree with me. But if he didn't, I wouldn't be surprised. In fact, I’d like to know why he didn't agree with me and I’d like to have the opportunity to share my point of view with him. But since I asked him the question and hoped he would be honest with me, would it be right to be furious with him? Did I ask him the question in order to set him up to be a scapegoat?
When I walk into a restaurant, I want to be served quickly and be treated with respect, with dignity and with good food. I don’t expect the owner of the fast food chain or the waiter or even the cashier to agree with me on any other issues, especially political or social issues. Just like the President of the United States, I want my food to taste great and be void of all diseases.
But now, it appears as though the gay community wants all restaurant owners, all cashiers and all waiters to agree with them when it comes to accepting “gay marriage”. BEWARE ALL CASHIERS, ALL WAITERS, ALL OWNERS, ALL PEOPLE! Beware if anyone asks you a question regarding “gay marriage”. Beware if you speak your mind and defend what has never had to be defended before. Beware if you are honest. Beware if you do not agree with them. Watch out!
Why in the world is the gay community (and its hysterical supporters) shocked by a practicing Christian’s belief in scripture; in marriage; and in honesty? And, at the same time, would serve anyone, regardless of their gender specific tendencies, a good meal?
What did they expect this man to say? Are they upset that he was honest? Are they upset that he is a Christian? Will they do the same to others as well; to Muslim owners?
The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) recently received over 300,000 signatures from individuals who oppose their policy regarding homosexuals serving as leaders. But not one of those signatures proves a thing; namely, why the BSA’s stance is wrong. After all, when millions of Germans voted for Hitler, did it mean they were right?
This Tuesday is Chick-fil-A appreciation day. The gay community went after the wrong man. They thought he only cared about money; they thought he only cared about chicken. This scapechicken may very well turn out to be a lightning rod for Christians everywhere.