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If Chick-fil-A is Denied a Lease, Will Christians Have to Stop Sharing Their Views Publicly?

Denver City Council members have placed a Chick-fil-A lease at the Denver International Airport on hold over its LGBT positions. Apparently, some council members do not like the Christian positions CFA president, Dan Cathy, shared three years ago. The backlash from Cathy’s comments energized supporters to hold a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day giving the company huge revenues.

But the Denver council members believe a moral issue is in play if they allow CFA a place in the Denver International Airport. One of the members is concerned CFA profits would be used to promote discrimination. (Despite the fact that CFA allowed itself to be bullied into pulling funds from some pro-family Christian groups.) Oddly enough, denying CFA a lease because of their support for organizations with Christian positions is discrimination. Besides, does the council believe stopping one CFA restaurant will put a financial stop to any groups they support?

Instead, why don’t the Denver council members show evidence of actual discriminatory practices by CFA? How many LGBT folks have been denied employment? How about service? How many have been treated unfairly?

If Chick-fil-A is eventually denied a lease at the Denver International Airport, will Christians have to stop sharing their Biblical views publicly? Is this the first attempt to get Christians to be silent about their beliefs? Maybe it is the first step in trying to eliminate Christians from owning businesses in the marketplace, including, contributing to the marketplace of ideas.

The difference is between the Denver City Council and Christians is that we Christians can live and work alongside those with whom we disagree. CFA can joyfully serve food to a member of the LGBT community regardless of which anti-Christian groups that person may support.

Many people today may want Christians to be silent about their positions. Some seem to believe we Christians should have no voice in the public square, especially, one informed by the Bible. Are Muslims and Jews who have similar views against LGBT lifestyles the next target? We’ll see, but now is not the time for Christian silence.

Now is the time to show anti-Christians that we can get along with those we disagree with. Now is the time to show toleration, share a meal, and share the gospel. Of course, the gospel offends, but whether we speak up or stay silent will go a long way toward showing whether or not we truly believe that gospel.

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Mark
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The above article was posted on August 25, 2015 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Grant August 26, 2015 at 8:32 am

“Oddly enough, denying CFA a lease because of their support for organizations with Christian positions is discrimination.”
True, but the world doesn’t mind discriminating against Christians, who are the ones who must be less equal than others.

“Besides, does the council believe stopping one CFA restaurant will put a financial stop to any groups they support?”
They’re probably more interested in creating precedent which is then used to evade democratic process. Once it’s been done by one city council, others will follow.

“Instead, why don’t the Denver council members show evidence of actual discriminatory practices by CFA? How many LGBT folks have been denied employment? How about service? How many have been treated unfairly?”
Why would they be interested in evidence when it’s so much easier to just act unilaterally and accuse anyone who even raises a question about it of being “homophobic”?

“If Chick-fil-A is eventually denied a lease at the Denver International Airport, will Christians have to stop sharing their Biblical views publicly?”
Oh, how the homosexualists hope so.

“Is this the first attempt to get Christians to be silent about their beliefs? Maybe it is the first step in trying to eliminate Christians from owning businesses in the marketplace, including, contributing to the marketplace of ideas.”
It could very well be.

The Gospel is hated by the world, and they only ever do anything else than respond with complete hatred by the common grace of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We will trust in our Triune God as He gives society over in judgment, and continue to preach the Gospel to exalt Jesus Christ. And the Father will draw His elect to Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ will continue to build His Church.

2 Bennett Willis September 14, 2015 at 12:24 am

I agree with at least one paragraph in Grant’s comment. “Instead, why don’t the Denver council members show evidence of actual discriminatory practices by CFA? How many LGBT folks have been denied employment? How about service? How many have been treated unfairly?” The rest of the comment does not seem completely accurate to me.

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