Chick-Fil-A and Boy Scouts

What does Chick-Fil-A and the Boy Scouts of America have in common?  If you have kept up with the buzz lately, both of these groups are receiving heavy backlash for their stance against homosexuality.  In response, Eagle Scouts have mailed in their medals to voice their disapproval.  Others have vowed to no longer eat at Chick-Fil-A.  There has been a huge amount of pressure put on by our culture lately to accept homosexuality.  Such messages have come from videos, news cites, and even President Obama.  Is our culture right?  Has Chick-Fil-A and the Boy Scouts of America gone too far?  As some are claiming, is this anti-gay stance just growing a new generation of prejudice and hate?

Determining which side is “right” and “wrong” can be slippery.  Hopefully we can all agree that there is a right and wrong answer and the ultimate authority on this topic is God.  After all, He said in Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’”  God determines what is right and wrong, not men, not the President, and not our culture.  It is ultimately His words we must follow (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:3).  So, where should we stand?

Here is what God has said on this topic:

  • The only approved intimate, sexual, and marital relationship is between a man and a woman (Genesis 1-2; 2:18f; 2:24; Matthew 19:1f; 1 Corinthians 3:18f; Ephesians 5:22f; 1 Peter 3:1f; etc).
  • Homosexuality was condemned in the Old Testament (Leviticus 18:22, 29; etc).
  • Homosexuality was punished by death in the Old Testament (Leviticus 20:13).
  • Entire cities were destroyed by God because of homosexuality (Genesis 19; 2 Peter 2:6-8; Jude 5-7).
  • Homosexuality is a choice that can be changed and controlled (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, especially vs. 11 – “such were some of you”).
  • Homosexuality is called unnatural and condemned in the New Testament (Romans 1:26-28; 1 Timothy 1:9-11; etc).

One has to do a lot of twisting and contorting to get around all of God’s teaching on this topic.  God has clearly stated that homosexuality is wrong.  This doesn’t mean God hates the sinner, but He does hate the sin.  We should never act ugly and hateful towards homosexuals, but we most definitely should speak against this sin!  Therefore, we should also show support for the position Chick-Fil-A and the Boy Scouts have taken and applaud them for their boldness.  We should even join with them in proclaiming God’s truth about homosexuality.

Chances are very unlikely that taking this stance against homosexuality will be popular, but the truth has rarely been popular in the first place (Galatians 4:16).  Even God Son was persecuted, ridiculed, and killed for teaching the unpopular truth!  For this reason, I pray that we have the courage to repeat the apostles’ bold exclamation, “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

3 thoughts on “Chick-Fil-A and Boy Scouts

  1. “We should never act ugly and hateful towards homosexuals,….” AMEN! Could not agree more with this statement! Every homosexual I have ever talked to has said that their impression of Christians is the “God Hates YOU” signs seen held by those who arr CLAIMING to be christian. THIS IS NOT OF GOD .

    The question is, HOW does a Christian stand for truth (Homosexual practice is a sin) and yet speak this truth in LOVE???

    Great assesment Brett! cant wait to hear more!

    • Thanks Spencer. Your question is a great one. I think the answer is much more simple than it might seem. A harsh, angry, and sharp rebuke is rarely going to do anything but stir the pot and cause people to get angry, no matter what sin is being rebuked! However, a loving, kind, caring, and sincere response is much more likely to be received.

      There is a story told about two preachers trying out for the same position. They were both asked to give a sermon on hell. After they both delivered their sermons the leadership brought them in and told them that Preacher 2 was selected. Preacher 1 asked, “Why did you choose him?” The leadership responded, “Well, when you preached on hell, it sounded like you were glad that some people were going there. When the other preacher spoke about it, he was tearful, sad, and expressed a desire to do anything he could to keep us from going to hell.”

      Our goal should never be to win the argument, but to show that person that we truly love and care about them (no matter the sin). We must speak the truth on homosexuality, but do it in a way that shows the people how much we love them and care where they spend eternity.

  2. Great article Brett and spot on. We as Christians need to support organizations such as these who stand up for what God has said is sinful and live our lives according to his word.

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