I haven’t kept up with the news this week, but from my Facebook page I understand I should support Chick-fil-A. Should I show it by eating there on August 1st? We have a plan of starting a Daniel fast at our church on that day. My pastor will probably suggest we postpone the fast and start it on August 2nd. For me it makes no difference since I don’t eat chicken.
The girls and I showed our support today. Between visiting their aunt’s grave and driving to meet their daddy in Miami (the one that is pronounced with an A at the end!), we had some time to kill. What an expression! “Time to kill.” We went to a Chick-fil-A that has a playground, perfect for them to “kill” some energy.
With Sarah and Lana, who spent the week with me
At their Aunt Eva’s grave in the Garden of the Crosses
The cemetery with the crosses as a backdrop
The color of the grass, a sign of the drought
Here they are at Chick-Fil-A,
the little one forgetting to keep her tongue in place
Time flies when you’re having fun, they say. For Lana the week with her “mormor” (grandmother) went way too fast. Why can’t I stay longer, she wondered? Well, this was the best day for her dad to pick her up.
The flowers the girls picked to thank me for having them
The Chick-fil-A issue has to do with family values, with the biblical principals of marriage. I stand for everything the Bible teaches. I believe in marriage between a male and a female. That’s the natural thing, the way God created men and women. Otherwise it would be possible for same sex people to have babies. That’s not the way it works.
Jesus said, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one.”
Just look at nature. It’s a male and a female that mate. The Bible is clear on this. Anything that is against the order established by God is sin. But who are we to judge. We are all sinners! Only by the grace of God can we be justified.
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
God’s Righteous Judgment
2 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
Just because we stand up and support those who take a stand for righteousness doesn’t make us better than others. As I said, we’re all sinners in need of the saving grace of God. But we have to stand up for the truth.
I want the girls I “borrowed” this week to be torch-bearers for the truth. It’s not an easy world they have to look forward to, but I hope and pray that they will always take a brave stand for Jesus!