Chick-fil-A announced on Monday that they will no longer donate to Christian charities because of the backlash from the LGBTQ+ rights activists. Just this week, Chick-fil-A sold out. This news resonates with many Christians, for people did not simply eat at, support, and respect Chick-fil-A because they have a delicious chicken sandwich. No, Chick-fil-A was supported and respected because they refused to conform to the times. They refused to sell out to those who say its fine to act upon homosexual tendencies. However, the fault of selling out and conforming to the times is not solely the fault of Chick-fil-A. We not only take some of the blame, but indeed are the root of it.
Since day one, there has been protest at the doors of Chick-fil-A, because the LGBTQ+ community refuses to live in a world where people do not bow to their every wish. They have put pressure on business after business until either they closed their doors or sold out.
Why are we at the root of the problem?
When all is going our way, we have a tendency to take things for granted. We become complacent. This specific issue with Chick-fil-A is a perfect example. The issue is not simply the backlash and pressure Chick-fil-A received from the LGBTQ+ community or that they sold out. Don't get me wrong; these are parts of the problem. However, the root of the issue is that none of us were seen in this fight. Things were going our way—we had a fast food chain that supported a few of our beliefs, but never did it cross our minds that they needed our support as well, in order to be encouraged and strengthened in their stance. Never did it cross our minds to go out to the protests held by leftist activists and hold up our own signs in support of Christian principles and in support of Chick-Fil-A’s stance.
Why have we become complacent?
Fulton Sheen said, “America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not. It is suffering from tolerance: tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos.” We have become complacent because we have become tolerant to a fault. We hide behind tolerance, allowing evil to run rampant throughout our world and lives while we justify our tolerance, pretending it is kindness and charity. It is not. It is a false charity. It is a false kindness.
When we tolerate evil, two things are likely to happen: 1) We grow accustomed to it, and before we know it, we are no longer tolerant, but fully acceptant of these beliefs. 2) We become so used to hiding behind tolerance and a false kindness that we become weak or even ashamed to stand up for the truth in fear of being looked down upon, losing our social standing, becoming an outcast, or even losing those closest to us.
The enemy is not becoming stronger because it increases in numbers. The enemy grows stronger because our silence becomes longer. Silence is permission. The longer one allows a bad habit, the harder it is to break it. Evil is not a force that can be bottled and put on a shelf. Evil is a weed. It grows stronger every day. The longer we are silent, the longer we let the weeds grow and weeds have no mercy for life that surrounds them. They soon choke the flower, and before you can pull that weed, the life of the flower has been taken.
What is the solution?
We can no longer be silent. We can no longer tolerate anything in our lives which takes us further away from our God. In this Chick-fil-A incident we have seen part of the power of the enemy. How much longer will we wait to voice the truth? Shall we wait until they come for our churches? We must support anything that is rooted in catholic principles.
Those who support abhorrent principles are not frightened to shout their “truth” from the rooftops. They are not frightened to take drastic measures to get their way. It is time for us to stand up. It is time to be heard and get what we want. We want the truth to be spoken, heard, and implemented into the lives of every living soul. Many have been corrupting this country and polluting the minds of the people for far too long.
We must do away with human respect and care nothing for what people think of us. Christ says the world will hate us because it has hated Him first. Christ spoke the truth even though He knew it would cost Him His life. The martyrs died for the truth. They refused to be bullied. They refused to let anything that was not of God enter into their lives. And here we are, afraid that we may take a little heat from our enemies.
They say you can combat an allergy by taking small doses of the product that you are allergic to. As each day goes on, you have to increase the dose until you can eat it without a problem. That is tolerance. Things we once abhorred were brought into our society, and, like taking a first small dose of allergen, we were uncomfortable. And before we knew it we became immune to the substance. Many preach tolerance of immorality as if it is true freedom. This kind of tolerance is a disease that has not only caused the death of millions of innocents, but has also caused the death of millions of souls. This is why we cannot be silent, for our silence could be the death of another soul.
We are called today to show our love for God. We are called today to stand up for our faith, even in the simplest of things, like saying our prayers in the morning. There is no tomorrow, there is only today. So today, challenge yourself. Bring up your faith to coworkers, friends, and family. Let them know who you are. You are a disciple of Christ, and disciples are meant to spread the faith of Christ in thought, word, and deed. Stand up to yourself, so that you will be able to stand up to others when the faith is in harm's way.
Silence is permission. Be the one. Break the silence.