A virtue signaling, self-righteous piece over at the Huffington Post this week is making waves across the internet today as one of the biggest cultural battles of the last decade is revived once again. There’s only one problem–the author is blisfully unaware how similar he is to his ideological enemies.
In a piece insufferably entitled If You Really Love LGBTQ People, You Just Can’t Keep Eating Chick-fil-A by one Noah Michelson in which he equates eating at Chick-Fil-A to literally persecuting gay people.
Michelson says he loved eating at Chick-Fil-A as a kid, but that all changed when he learned of the personal politics of its president, Dan Cathy.
You can imagine how upsetting it was for me when Chick-fil-A’s president, Dan Cathy, proudly came out as a homophobe in 2012 by claiming, “We are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’ and I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Even worse, the company put its money where Cathy’s vile mouth was by donating millions of dollars each year to anti-LGBTQ organizations via its Winshape nonprofit organization.
As disappointed as I was to learn the chain I had loved as a child was working to make my life and the lives of my fellow queers a living hell, I was heartened by the swift response from the queer community and its supporters. For several years, the only time you’d catch an LGBTQ person or an ally at Chick-fil-A was for a protest.
He goes on to lament the fact that, unfortunately, over time, the LGBTQ community and their so-called allies went back to eating at Chick-Fil-A after they had begun to single-handedly eradicate all personal religious objection to homosexuality, finally landing on the conclusion that if you don’t want to be an absolutely horrible human being, you should still take the bold stand of opting to eat your fast food from one of the other dozens of fast food establishments in America.
No one likes to hear that they’re doing something wrong ― or that they can’t have something that brings them immense pleasure ― but that’s still exactly what I’m telling you.
It’s time to choose where your loyalties lie ― with your community or with your stomach. I’m hoping you can find another restaurant to satiate your chicken sandwich cravings. If all else fails, there’s always this recipe to make a copycat version of the Chick-fil-A favorite at home. Sure, it won’t be exactly the same but it’s pretty damn close, and I promise it’ll go down a whole lot easier without all of that nasty queerphobia you’ve been ingesting.
Michaelson is completely unaware of his own hypocrisy here, as well as his very disturbing relationship with reality.
Dan Cathy, back in 2012, gave his opinion on gay marriage as a Biblical Christian. Secularists, particularly among the LGBT left, seem to be under the impression that when a Christian says that God is wrathful and we must obey His Word to avoid said wrath, that that’s hateful. It doesn’t matter if you believe the Bible or not, we genuinely believe what the Bible says.
If we hated homosexuals, we’d be perfectly happy to see them continue in their sin knowing we’ll be just fine come Judgement Day, right?
The “anti-LGBT” groups that Cathy donates to such as Family Research Council are actually pro-Christian groups that, again, with a Biblical perspective, believe that God’s view of the family and sexuality are morally positive for society. Yes, these groups have actively opposed gay marriage.
But it’s hyperbolic and difficult to respect when Michaelson jumps from an individual who owns a company and has personal beliefs that he acts upon philanthropically to Cathy “trying to make his life a living hell.” A civil union with your same-sex partner rather than a wedding isn’t exactly making your life a living hell, and it just goes to further highlight how much liberty the LGBT community has no idea that they have.
Like the liberty to spend their money wherever they chose, or write long, guilt-trippy op-eds in Huffington Post with the support of the entire left-wing media establishment.
The only problem is … Michaelson is exactly like Cathy.
He’s a man with a belief system that doesn’t want to participate in something because it opposes his own personal belief system. He would like to spend his money on causes that reflect these beliefs. He believes these things so strongly that he has no problem telling other people they’re morally wrong for spending their money on things that are inconsistent with his beliefs if they profess to feel the same way.
In a free market system with natural rights, these things normally play out beautifully on their own, and to Michaelson’s dismay, Chick-Fil-A has survived the controversy just fine because they have an awesome product and good principles that help their company function well.
God bless America.
Furthermore, he’s even recommending giving something up that’s very difficult to do so for the sake of one’s principles.
This is something many Christians who experience same-sex attraction have done. This is something many Christians with heterosexual attraction have done, or with addictions, or unhealthy romantic relationships, questionably moral jobs, a party lifestyle, and on and on and on.
The one difference between Michaelson and Cathy, however, is their purpose for expressing their beliefs the way they do. While Cathy is concerned about saving as many people as possible from the judgment of God, Michaelson is putting himself on a pedestal for his impressive ability to resist a favorite fast food chain. The reward is personal pride, while Cathy’s is personal humility.
So you tell me who’s really making the sacrifice.
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God’s Incredible Truth About Special Needs Adoption
Making room in your home, and in your heart, for a child who is not biologically yours is an amazing reflection of God’s grace and adoption of sinners, but it is not without its hardships and struggles.
Adopting a child with special needs can increase the tension in an already difficult process, and so many of these precious children end up without families because of what their care would entail.
When God adopted us into His kingdom, however, he didn’t hesitate for our flaws and imperfections, and the adoptive family who mirrors this finds such an immense reward.
In a heartwarming piece for Relevant Magazine, author Scarlet Hiltibidal shares her amazing experience with adopting a little girl from China with special needs and the lessons God taught her through it all.
Ya Zhu was almost four, but she couldn’t walk and wasn’t potty trained. There were concerns about her cognitive development.
Many doctors and specialists said we ought to proceed with ‘great hesitation.’ One told us not to move forward at all. They all agreed there must be something else very wrong with Ya Zhu because her delays were so significant.
But my husband and I managed to stay mostly peaceful. We didn’t know if Ya Zhu would heal and recover. We didn’t know how hard things would be. We didn’t know if she’d be a joyful child, but we decided to rename her ‘Joy.’ We hoped and prayed adopting her would give her hope and a future.
While embarking on the journey of adoption and knowing full well you are in for a challenge can surely cause a healthy degree of apprehension, Hiltibidal says she and her husband, by God’s grace, were able to proceed without an ounce of fear in their hearts.
God was leading us to Joy, and He was with us. He had come through in so many ways: checks from strangers to cover adoption fees at exactly the right time, comforting words from the Bible, people who moved our anxious hearts toward rest, doors opening and closing and freelance jobs falling out of the sky exactly as our adoption agency was asking for another payment. God was with us. He kept proving He was in the process and supporting it and leading it. We weren’t afraid.
In a moment of raw, authentic honesty, Hiltibidal reveals that it wasn’t until she actually met her new daughter that fear crept in.
We were convinced Joy would never walk, never learn, never leave diapers. I wondered if our family would ever laugh again. If we’d ever have an easy Saturday at the park. I wondered how much wheelchairs cost and what my other children would miss out on because of this decision we’d made.
But right there, in the middle of the scariest moment of the entire process, God reached down and touched Hiltibidal’s heart to remind her of one of His deepest truths.
He reminded me that I was, and so often still am, a child with special needs who doesn’t know how to rest in the love of her adoptive Parent. He reminded me that I am the little girl with broken ears and broken eyes and my hands clenched around everything I can grab, and yet He walked into this broken world so He could adopt me into His family.
Hiltibidal draws us back to Romans 8:15, which says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’”
Emboldened to follow the clear path God had set before her, no matter the challenges, Hiltibidal began to see His faithfulness and power in their new lives with Joy.
Joy is five now. She’s more than doubled in size since her adoption, is fluent in sign language and actually advanced in communication according to an evaluation from her school. With a hearing aid, she can hear and understand English, and after a year of physical therapy, her therapist suggested we discontinue her services because Joy no longer needs the extra help.
Life with Joy has become such an amazing blessing for her family. Not only does she enrich their lives with all the love, hugs, and learning experiences a child comes with, her special needs point the Hiltibidals to the Gospel on a daily basis.
In my life, God has used the world of special needs to make me stop depending on my life plans and my strength. Instead, He’s offered me His plan and His strength. When Joy’s special needs caused her to depend on me, I had no choice but to take my weakness to God.
I’m not strong. I’m not powerful. I’m not ‘normal.’ I’m as dependent as my special needs daughter. We are all dependent on the power of God for our next breath. Resting in that reality is what can give you and me the ability to look around and reach out and meet the needs of others, the way God reached down from Heaven to meet ours.
God has this wonderful way of structuring our lives such that we endure challenges designed specifically to draw us closer to Him and to teach us to be like Him. When those challenges involve our children, what a wonderful insight we gain into the heart of our Father in Heaven.
All It Took Was $6, A Thunderstorm, And A “God Thing” To Launch This Country Star’s Career
Did you know that every single detail in your life is a thread in an intricate tapestry woven together by the Master? Where you’re born, the friends you’ll make, who you’ll marry, the jobs you land, the ministries you serve, that’s all God’s beautiful orchestration.
He has a perfect will, and try as we might, we’re his creatures and we can’t rush Him or outrun Him. It’s not our time to shine until God says so.
That’s the incredible lesson fledgling country star Russell Dickerson had to learn the hard way.
Dickerson, a Belmont University grad, had tried to make waves in the country music scene for years. He’d landed a record deal way back in 2010, but it had “definitely been a slow journey,” he shared with Fox News, describing the trials he went through trying to “get big” before it was truly his time.
“We had no money, no budget, no nothing and we had been turned down, turned down, turned down,” the singer recalled.
“The biggest first step was our music video [that] my wife shot,” Dickerson said, retelling the frustrated moments that led up to his big break.
Dickerson and his wife, Kailey, finally had enough and decided to try their hand at recording a music video: “We’re like, alright, we’re going to do this on our own.”
“So we shot this music video for ‘Yours’ and if you watch it on YouTube,” the singer explains, “it’s just me walking down a road and my wife is in my SUV just shooting out of the back and it just starts raining and there’s lightning everywhere.”
What might of seemed like the end result of years of failure and frustration to the Dickersons was really just God’s perfect timing, all the way down to the thunderstorm that gave the video such an exciting vibe.
“It was this God moment, totally,” he said.
God wasn’t done with the Dickersons yet, though. Not long after the video, which cost just six dollars to film (possibly the gas for the SUV?), an industry exec reached out to Dickerson and the following events just “snowballed into this perfect storm” that finally gave his career wings.
Ultimately, Dickerson says, if God gave him this dream, God was going to be the one to make it a reality.
“I feel like God’s given me this dream of being on stage and writing a song, even of getting a tour bus…All of these dreams he put into my mind and into my heart are finally coming to fruition.”
The good, the bad, the frustrating, the hopeless, the glorious, every part of our lives is in God’s hands, and we don’t believe in a God who can fail. The next time you find yourself, like Dickerson, struggling against the waves, stop, turn to God, and watch His perfect timing unfold.
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