Mt 14:1-12 Angry Birds
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”
The best thing a despot could do is kill his enemies. The worst thing a despot could do is create martyrs. Herod was no dummy. He knew that, but forgot it. John’s death exposed Herod’s weakness. The tetrarch was not as strong and powerful as he made himself out to be. His arrogance brought about Christ’s emergence.
This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead. Herod was no superstitious guy. He knew what he was saying. He knowingly killed John and unknowingly raised a million more like him. Even better, he raised, from obscurity to center stage, someone a million times more powerful than the Baptist who was ready to take it to the next level.
Herod placed his hands over his head. He knew he was through. The Jews knew that. Jesus knew that. The end of an era was fast approaching.
Let us not forget what caused John to lose his head: his unwavering support for the dignity of marriage. How bizarre is history. No matter how much we study it, we continue to forget it.
August 1st, 2012. What started off as an individual’s sincere acknowledgement of the dignity and sanctity of marriage ended with millions and millions of people across the country supporting religious liberty and freedom of speech. Just two months ago, the supporters of gay marriage were riding high with unprecedented victories. They had won the support of the President of the United States. They had won recognition and support from the NAACP. They were stronger than ever; more powerful than ever. The only thing they did not need to do was turn their rainbow into a storm. And they did.
They gay community, once considered victims of discrimination, became ferocious abusers. Many people in the country were shocked and outraged at their lack of understanding, charity and overall conduct towards American citizens of Christian belief. Of course they would never dare attack American Muslims and their beliefs for they know that Muslims strike back… and hard. Instead, they went after a soft spot, a scapegoat, and found a sleeping giant.
On August 1st, 2012, millions of supporters of free speech and religious liberty (and marriage) turned out in record numbers to support Dan Cathy and his company, Chic-Fil-A. This day (“Appreciation Day”) was organized in response to a gay community’s nationwide boycott of the fast food chain. It was their attempt to bring a Christian organization and Christian individuals to submit or to fail. If they had won, it would send a clear message to all Christian organizations.
It failed, and failed miserably.
But not only did it fail; it created a backlash that has galvanized millions of people. It was the “shot heard round the world”; the spark that lit the world on fire. The question on the minds of millions was: “Will this happen to me if I disagree???”
August 1st, 2012 was the most successful day in Chic-Fil-A’s history. Last year the company made 4.1 billion dollars in sales, up 13% from the previous year; a company that closes its doors every Sunday. On the other hand, the so-called “kiss-in” protest turned out to be an abysmal failure. Not only did their manner of protesting disgust the general community, it also opened a window to the community at large at how the gay-community wishes to represent itself: in hyper-hysterical sexual postures.
How did the two communities react? During the boycott, customers often saw Chic-Fil-A employees offering free water to gay protestors. They continued, as always, to serve everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or preference. But as gay marriage supporters continued to shoot themselves in the foot with bad publicity, they finally shot themselves in the head with a hate filled bigoted gay marriage supporter verbally assaulting and abusing a young employee at the drive-thru.
By the end of the week, most supporters of gay-marriage had been silenced, embarrassed and set back. “No comment” was their only way to save face. In a single day, they managed to destroy whatever achievements they had made with the general population. They thought they had found a chicken. They never imagined creating an angry bird.
He has been raised from the dead. Let us all learn from a chapter in the life of the Baptist. The blood of the martyrs is seed for the Church.