National Day of Prayer and Chicken, August 8th

by Nate St. Pierre on August 3, 2012

Several states have banded together to declare August 8th to be a “National Day of Prayer and Chicken,” in opposition to gay rights activists’ “Kiss-In” on August 3rd, which is in opposition to the Christian “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1st. Early word has it that liberal-minded mayors in select cities are planning a “Whoops, The Health Department Revoked Your License Day” on August 10th in retaliation.

Seriously, America, this is getting ridiculous. All week my feeds have been blowing up with pictures of chickens and rainbows and people raging against the machine. It seems that all we need these days is a magnet, and people go happily running to the poles. There may be some fair and honest discussion in the middle, but if there is, I can’t hear it amid the noise.

Hey people-who-eat-fast-food-to-make-a-political-statement (primarily my Christian brethren), what’s the one thing that God has called us to do above all else? Here’s the answer, in Jesus’ own words, when someone asked Him what the most important commandment was (from Mark 12:30-31): ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

You have one thing to do, and you’re blowing it. I don’t see any of this happening right now. I see Christians rushing to support a polarizing cause, at the expense of real people with real hearts. It’s ugly and alienating, and only causes a greater rift in the national community. What you’re doing may not be hate, but it certainly isn’t love.

Hey people-who-take-any-excuse-to-boycott-and-hate-on-businesses-due-to-selective-political-views, how hypocritical are you being right now? You’re jumping on the bandwagon and trolling on Chick-fil-A for remaining true to the personal morals they’ve built their (legitimate and successful) business on since the beginning – preaching tolerance for your own viewpoint, but not theirs? Pretty sure you shouldn’t do that.

I would accept your self-righteousness as valid if you took the same stance on other businesses as well, but you don’t. Because you know that if you researched the viewpoints of every business leader whose establishment you wanted to patronize, you’d always find something to disagree with, and you wouldn’t be able to eat or shop anywhere. That would be decidedly inconvenient, so you’ll just heap some hate on Chick-fil-A and consider it a job well done.

I wish I could filter chickens and rainbows from my social media feeds.

Or maybe we could just put company leadership’s religious/political views on all Nutrition Label information from now on, and everybody would be happy.

Maybe that’s the middle ground.

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