So, did you eat a Chic-Fil-A yesterday? I didn’t. It’s not because I don’t support marriage. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who is more of an advocate of Christian marriage than me. It’s certainly not because I have some beef with Chic-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, or the company or its executives. The truth of the matter is, I don’t like waiting in line at a crowded restaurant.
My gut (and a whole lot of chatter on Facebook) tells me that the majority of the people were there to make a general political statement--free speech or a show of support for a particular political party. Far less were there to make a moral statement about marriage. And a very, very small number were there to make any kind of significant theological statement about marriage. (It's interesting that those who both rallied for and against Chic-Fil-A yesterday used Jesus as the model for their position.)
For those of you who went, my primary question is this; how has your chicken sandwich translated into a better, more godly, more Kingdom-focused marriage? Please understand, I’m not coming down on you if you went to Chic-Fil-A yesterday. They have great food and even better customer service. If you feel strongly that you made a stand for Christian marriage by going, then I don’t want to undermine that. But what happens now? What about your marriage? Did you go home from Chic-Fil-A with a renewed drive to better love your spouse in action as well as word? Did being there help you and your spouse to find a joint purpose in the Kingdom of God? Once you dumped your tray after dinner, was anything significantly different in the way you and your spouse handle conflict, practice forgiveness, respect each other, or serve each other?
We don’t make Christian marriage mean something by waiting in line 2 hours to eat at a fast food restaurant, or by trying to use political machinations to legislate our views, or by endlessly arguing and debating with those who have differing positions. We make Christian marriage mean something by embodying Christ in our marriages. We make Christian marriage mean something by living in love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, kindness, and gentleness. We make Christian marriage mean something by having a theology of marriage that is born of scripture and calls us to a holistic, covenant relationship of man, woman, and God.
When the world sees husbands and wives in Christ-centered marriages working to bring redemption and reconciliation to a broken world—well, then we’re making a much more eternal impact than we’ll ever make eating a chicken sandwich.
What is God calling you to in your marriage?
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