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Let Them Eat Dry Chicken Sandwiches

No one is telling me what I can or cannot eat on Sunday or who I can or cannot love or marry. God gave men and women free will. Why can't we leave it at that?

A sound tar-and-feathering is in my immediate future.

When an idiot gets too much attention for his idiocy, he becomes famous. He then believes himself a genius.

I’ve got several friends who are openly gay. They have been the entire time I’ve known them. All are in long-term monogamous relationships. Their being gay has no effect on our friendship and never will, nor has it had any effect on my eating dry chicken sandwiches.

Simply put, I like my friends and don’t like dry chicken.

What they do is between them and God; in fact, what any of us do is between us and God, not between us and those who think they speak for God.

All this controversy over a dry chicken sandwich seems a little stupid to me. I don’t care much for chicken and care less for a restaurant that decided that I can have chicken or chicken or – of course if I don’t like chicken – I can always have chicken.

Eat more what?

What’s more, not being open on Sundays is a little outdated and has little to do with who gets into the Kingdom. Maybe someone wants a dry chicken sandwich after church. Am I wrong or do Christians eat on Sundays?

 In fact, all over the country many church members have one thing in common. After church, they gather to have dinner and talk about their church experience as well as everybody else in the church. Oh, sorry, was that a secret? What would all those people do if every restaurant made this highly significant social decision for them?

If you own a store and you don’t sell diet Coke, then you don’t care enough to have my business.

If you own a restaurant and sell only one thing, like hot dogs or dry chicken sandwiches, you don’t need my business, you already have enough, and besides I can buy a dry chicken sandwich on every corner.

We Christians are no different than everyone else; we are influenced by the idiocy of others.

If you need proof, look at the last two decades of presidential campaigns.

As further proof look at a preacher who rose to fame in the 1950s with small-minded messages against homosexuals and abortions. He sermonized against pretty much anything anyone enjoys. He spent two decades on the pulpit condemning everyone and everything, spewing hate as he thumped the bible.

While sex between unmarried members of his church was forbidden, he was having sex with multiple women and men among his congregation and fathered many children inside the church.

He was also arrested for soliciting sex from an undercover male police officer in Los Angeles. Finally, he convinced 909 people to kill each other or themselves.

That person was Jim Jones.

I will never understand this kind of blind idiocy, but it continues on smaller scales throughout our country. I ain’t drinking Kool Aid, and no one is telling me what I can or can’t eat on Sunday or who I can or can’t love or marry. 

Most people operate from a place of fear. They have the strongest reactions about subjects they don’t understand or are scared of.

Most people get their small mindedness from the people who they grew up with or those who continue to influence them.  You can see their eyes glaze over as they spout bull that has been spoon fed to them.

What they say has nothing to do with their own thoughts or opinions. They misquote facts and use wrong words in an attempt to sound informed and intelligent.

I don’t eat dry chicken sandwiches or drink Kool Aid doled out with sermons.

I wonder if the people who own this company ever eat out on Sundays.

What do they believe about those who must work on Sundays, to feed their children? I’m just askin.

I wonder if they’ve ever heard the verse: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24).

I’m just sayin!

How about let’s wait and let God decide who gets in

How about we give Him a little credit and believe He is compassionate and does not make such decisions based on the prejudices of man.

It’s what I’ve always chosen to believe, and when I arrive at my eventual resting place, I’ll drink any Kool Aid He offers.

God gave men and women free will. Why can't we leave it at that?

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Mark S. Hankins August 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
If a mob were stoning a homosexual, Jesus would get in the way of the rocks. Think about that one for a moment: if it was just shoes, would any of us even get in the way of the shoes? Let's remember why he did that. The woman was an adulteress. What did Jesus preach against quite often? Adultery. Jesus made a clear distinction between people and their wrongs. The Bible says to do some nasty things to people who are doing homosexual acts. It also says that for most every wrong and crime, two witnesses are needed. Sounds pretty much like "don't ask/don't tell." Indeed, what was the problem with Sodom and Gomorrah? Not homosexuality itself ... those cities had become so corrupt that you had to turn your kids over to the pedophiles once you entered the gates. The ancient world had rules about hospitality, and that just wasn't hospitable behavior. Dan Cathy said some things that gave the mainstream press license to trumpet what had been his company's low-key contributions to groups that don't agree with opening secular, state-defined marriage to homosexuals. His comments weren't the smartest thing he ever did. If I were considering becoming a Chick-Fil-A franchisee I would think twice, not because he came up smelling like roses this time, but because I have no idea what happens next. Finally, this country once had blue laws. Publix remained closed on Sunday long after they had to. It's a choice, and even Jesus said do work on Sunday only as necessary. Rest is needed.
Lori McCandrew August 06, 2012 at 09:14 PM
If I'm not wrong Dan Cathy is 91 and that pretty much entitles him to his own public opinion. From what I understand the restaurant has always closed on Sundays due to his firm beliefs. I'm sure over the years the man has lost millions in revenue but I appauld him in wanting Sunday as family day for his staff. How this ever got blown out of proportion is beyond me. Either go there or don't, who cares if you are straight or gay. I personally go because I like their food, and yes I've craved it on a Sunday and they've been closed. That's life, there a bigger issue here to debate folks.
Bob Tankel August 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Publix also used to be closed Sundays, besides isn't the Sabbath Saturday? Like John Stewart said, we must be collectively crazy as a country if this is how we protest and counter protest. There are a 100 reasons for people to be protesting, whether Tea Party or Occupy (do a Venn diagram and see how much they overlap despite the powers that be who so desperately want them to be against each other)....
Kia Flowers August 08, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I agree wholeheartedly Lori! His belief and values have been stated for a long time. Sometimes I feel like people are big cry babies.
David Stob August 09, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Awesome, great perspective! Kudos!

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