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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

I Am and No I am NOT Afraid

When God inspired the words, "And be not afraid." I doubt he meant them any less today then a millennium ago.

With the most recent viral boycotting and supporting going on right now ( a nice diversion from politics ) I say you need to KNOW who you are,
Do you allow others to dictate who you are and what you believe?
Do you stand for a moral belief or ideal?

For instance a few years ago it became known that Target was supporting Gay rights & that Macy employees could not say, Merry Christmas. Fanatical boycotts went wild rather quickly.
I refused to boycott Target.
While my faith (Romans chapter 1) speaks strongly about gay/lesbian relationships, I don't hold businesses to my beliefs. They have their legal rights.

I, however, staunchly supported any and all boycotting of Macy's.
Why? Because one was against freedom of speech and the other wasn't.

I am a very simple person. I don't follow every craze I hear from the media nor do I bash every liberal thing that my pastor would like me too.
I make my own choices. I make my own stand. I make up my own mind.

Many among my faith were not happy simply boycotting Harry Potter, they had to protest theaters and brand anyone who watched them or read them as being witches, sinners, mystics and heretics.
I read the books before forming a solid opinion on them.
I did this for a few reasons. First I don't take anyone else's opinion as golden and I like to make up my own mind. Second, I wish more people would read the bible before they open their mouths and start bashing or spouting off 8th generation gibberish.
BE Informed people.
I personally found Harry Potter to be delightful. I saw nothing wrong with its creative imaginative world.
I know many, many people disagree. Good for them.

So here's my take on the Chick-Fil-A drama. I am for them.
I support them.
They have every right to believe and profess that belief.

You don't like that? You know, love, support someone who is gay/lesbian?
Yeah? So what? So do I.
But if they want people to listen to them, to treat them with respect then it has to also be given.
My bible says its a sin, but God loves sinners. Yet, God also calls them God-haters.
Confused much?
Good. It's confusing and each person has to make their own choices.
I choose to support people's rights to believe and say freely what they believe without being crucified.

50 years ago it would have been the gay/lesbians being crucified.
Now its the Christian's for holding fast to their beliefs.
Here's the thing. This is America, they both have rights.

Yelling, waving and shouting isn't and shouldn't change anything.
Anyone who is willing to bow to pressure because of such behavior - well they don't have much of a mind anyway.
Also its a distraction meant to rile up people before a major voting year. Obama's 1st 4 years in office, he tiptoed carefully around gay/lesbian's. Not giving them marriage rights and yet not trashing them either.

NOW right before re-election, he comes out in favor of them... and then because Romney's campaign has been well done (lets face it people Romney may be a genius) a liberal reporter just happens to ask the most vocal Christian owned public business his view on this subject right before voting?
I don't know about you, but I see alot of strings being pulled and a lot of puppets jumping.

I will and do support Chick-Fil-A, but I support them on their right to FREE SPEECH.
If you pick a side to stand for - make sure you have a valid and carefully thought out reason for picking it, will you?

1 comment:

Bryan and Brianna said...

I feel the EXACT same way!! It's a bit hard explaining this to my gay/lesbian family members. But I support Chic-fil-a (and any other company for that matter) that says what they support, and not for restricting their employees from doing so as well. :)

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