Lifelines 04/22/2018

What has happened to our nation?  There was a time in which we proudly stood for God and country.  Now, those concepts are ridiculed and scorned.  The latest evidence is Chick-fil-A’s entry into the New York market.  They were welcomed by one area magazine with the headline, “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.”  Why?  The reason is eye-opening.

In the article, the author cites their pervasive Christian traditionalism as a real problem.  Huh?  You mean this sneaky business operates on Christian principles?  Now, that really is scary.  Everybody knows how subversive a chicken sandwich is, and now this.  The article also points out an even more frightening reality of this company.  Their headquarters in Atlanta has actual Bible verses on display.  Why, the nerve of such a company infiltrating the Big Apple!

The magazine has sounded a warning for all New Yorkers to be on the alert.  Why, that evil company also has the audacity to have a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet in their home office.  And imagine what a terrible influence it is on that big city to have a restaurant that closes on Sunday.  All of that rolled into one business is clearly a threat to the fabric of America.

As if that were not enough, the writer reminds his readers that the restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with…you may want to sit down for this…“To glorify God.”  That certainly sounds threatening.  He even criticizes Chick-fil-A for the cows in their commercials.  They are clearly evangelistic.  That man obviously has a cholesterol clog somewhere near his brain.  Certainly in his soul.

His article reads like a stand-up comedian’s routine. It sounds like a joke, but it is not.  It reflects a growing sentiment within our country.  Every public display of biblical references is met with a separation-of-church-and-state challenge.  Atheists are militant and more evangelistic than evangelists.  While many Christians are watering down the message to suit the culture; opponents are standing up, speaking up and winning converts.

Their influence is assisted through the media.  Television, magazines like the one in which this article appeared and movies are powerful tools in the hands of their messengers.  Add to that the almost instantaneous around-the-world communication of social media and we see the impact of a few swaying many.  Their numbers swell.  Their voices grow louder.  Now, what was unimaginable a decade ago has become the norm as Christians grow numb.

“You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).”  The Lord has us here for a reason, and it is not to sit idly by as the evil one overruns the world.  Christians have the responsibility to be His influence on our culture.  Too often, it is the other way around.  We witness the ongoing decay all around us, and we are the only line of defense.  If we cease to be salty we are good for nothing.