the political game.

The last few weeks have given me another reason to kind of hate politics in America. I mean, I find the system fascinating, and certainly would prefer to live here than many other countries. I’ll talk politics with you, and think the conversation is interesting. But mostly, I think that in the last several years, the political system has become a circus, with each side competing to see who can be least like the other side, as if that were the sole purpose of being elected to office. And in the end, both sides end up looking a lot alike, to me, just with different slogans or pet causes.

Anyway, what has angered me in the last week is the way that, once again, the Republican agenda is assumed to be the Christian agenda. You saw it, right? Republicans and Christians flocking to Chick-Fil-A to support…something. Family values? First amendment rights? Jesus? And a company made a lot of money, and a man in political office felt really powerful because he called them all to action.

Now, I’m not saying I think that if you went to Chick-Fil-A on that day, that you were wrong, necessarily. That kind of depends on the motivation of your heart, which I obviously can’t know. But I do think that, as Christians, we need to think a lot harder before we jump on some political bandwagon that may even tout pseudo-biblical rhetoric, because honestly? Things can get very confusing very quickly, when you assume that because you believe the bible says homosexuality is wrong and the founder of CFA says he believes it too, that means you should go buy waffle fries?! The Republican party is not a Christian party. It is a secular, political force that is concerned with its own good and survival and triumph. Any person can certainly decide to be a Republican, or a Democrat. I myself have some conservative beliefs as well as some liberal beliefs (which, let me tell you, really complicates election day). But if you are a Christian, your political beliefs must always, always, submit themselves to the higher allegiance you have to Jesus and to his kingdom…which is not a political kingdom, as he made very clear when he refused to be crowned king.

Christians don’t need to be in power in order for God to have his way in the world. In fact, historically, when institutionalized Christianity gained massive political power, things have gone fearfully awry. We need to be less concerned with political agendas and power, and more concerned with the gospel, and with loving people. I’m not sure how Chick-Fil-A Day showed love to anyone that was a person. Who cares whether a corporation feels loved? Completely irrelevant, in biblical and gospel terms, and worse than irrelevant, potentially harmful.

So please, Christians, Republicans and Democrats alike, please think before you swallow the agendas of political parties that in reality have very little to do with your highest allegiance. I’m glad so many people are politically active. I just wish that we Christians could mobilize so effectively for a cause that might be nearer to the heart of the gospel, rather than the heart of a political agenda in election year.


Author: rebekahkayosborn

I am attempting to capture the events, non-events, and thoughts about each, as they occur in the increasing busy-ness of life. As my professors always said "You might want to write this down." Who knows what could turn out to be important?

5 thoughts on “the political game.”

  1. I disagree. This was not a political issue, but was a religious one. The guy whose idea it was? Sure he used to be a short lived politician, but he is who he is because he is a Christian…. and he didn’t do it for political gain but to make a Christian point. And its just sad

    1. I certainly think that the issue of homosexuality and gay marriage can be a religious issue (and is, in addition to being political). However, I think that the actions taken to support CFA were political, even though people wanted it to still be a religious thing. By spending money there that day, they were supporting a man’s right to believe and say what he wants, and a business’ right to exist and make money regardless of the beliefs of the CEO. I can get behind that. I just don’t think that spending money at a corporation is actually accomplishing anything for the gospel.

  2. I think you posted this twice. Anyway, I understand what you are saying, and its a good argument. If it went down, with Dan Cathy making a statement and then CFA day, I think you would be very much right. I have come to understand boycotts and things like this are not very effective or practical. We need to deal with businesses as businesses, and not because of the political beliefs of their management/owners. For a) its impossible to keep track of the political beliefs of every business that you interact with, and b) if you’ve ever heard Milton Friedman’s description of how a pencil is made, you would see the task or knowing the beliefs of the businesses that are venders to the business that you deal with really is quite absurd, and c) I loath hearing businesses describing themselves as Christian businesses (which Chick-Fil-A does NOT by the way) because I feel it used as a marketing tool and/or to distract you while they cheat you or do shoddy work.

    However, that is not how it went down, and I know at least for me and many others, that is not the reason people wanted to support Chick-Fil-A. The support came after the Mayors of Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco all responded to Dan Cathy’s statements by announcing that in one form or another Chick-Fil-A would find it very difficult to do business in their cities. Which was a not so subtle way of saying we will not give you permits, you will NOT be allowed to build here. That is where the real story begins, because those unbelievable statements are un-American. That is why there was a Chick-Fil-A day. People across America were thumbing there noses at the Mayors who would try to beat down a business like Chick-Fil-A. Essentially saying, “While in your bubble you may think you represent the majority of people in what you say, but you are mistaken.”

    It doesn’t really stop there. This issue was not one that stands alone. For far too long, we as Christians have been harassed, bullied, and degraded by the Intelligentsia, the Media, and the Left. While preaching a religion of Multi-Culturalism, stating that every culture is equal in worth and validity (which is utter nonsense), they exclude Christianity from that. While bending over backwards for other groups, like installing special wash basins for Muslim taxi drivers and indy airport so they can wash their feet to pray, they disregard our beliefs easily when they make it mandatory for all Health Care providers to provide birth control and abortifascients without exception. Every time we see one of these tragic shootings, they bend over backwards to ignore the faith of a shooter unless he is a Christian. They would have an orgasmic experience on air if there ever was a Baptist Tea Party shooter, not even joking. I realize that we are called to suffer. We’ve been warned that because God loves us, because Christ loves us, we will be hated by the world. We’ve been very very very blessed to live in a Country founded with Christian values, that allows us to live in such peace that is not the case in the vast majority of the world. However, when opportunities like this one come along to thumb our noses at the people who we have long suffered their pompous condescension and disdain, don’t be surprised to see a result like this.

    To summarize, while each person had their own reasons for supporting Chick-Fil-A, I think the two most common and the most correct reasons for doing it were a) to combat the tyrannical attitudes of liberal mayors who got a little too big for their britches in this fight and forgot what country they live in, and b) as a sort of Christian Solidarity, Alice Cooper, we’re not going to take it any more, protest if you will.

    In regards to the first reason, its hard to do an action like this without your actions getting convolved with the sentiment, in this case Pro-Traditional Marriage, which was completely fine for most people involved. There were to their credit, some homosexual groups that also participated because they were fighting for the first reason regardless of their non-support for the sentiment. I’d like to think that Christians would do the same if the roles were reversed, but I don’t think so. The fact that it would be viewed, and reported as support for the position would be a deterrent. In fact, I think that people supporting Chick-Fil-A solely to support Pro-Traditional-Marriage were wrong.

  3. “This issue was not one that stands alone. For far too long, we as Christians have been harassed, bullied, and degraded by the Intelligentsia, the Media, and the Left.”

    Hmm . . . I’m a Christian, and a member of the Intelligentsia, and a member of the Left. And a pastor. I just can’t really identify with the statement that you’ve made. If anything, it shows the very cultural relativism that you’re arguing against that I can make the exact same statement about “the Right.”

    CFA does say they are an equal opportunity employer, but in many states, sexual orientation is not a protected civil right, and so they can discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in hiring. So, I see the actions of the mayors of the cities that (largely symbolically) blocked their business as no different. They are discriminating on the basis of discrimination. All of this is kind of a shameful symptom of our American habit of treating businesses as people (a la Citizens United) – which they are NOT. Corporations and systems have much more potential for evil than a single person. Reinhold Niebuhr had a lot to say about this.

    1. I’ll take it point by point.

      “If anything, it shows the very cultural relativism that you’re arguing against that I can make the exact same statement about “the Right.””

      You can make the statement, of course can make any statement you like, it doesn’t make it correct. In fact your statement is logical fallacy. You’re statement about the Right has nothing to do with my statement about the left. Now if I had said the Right treats Christians well, and the Left treats Christians poorly, and at the same time you said the Right treats Christians poorly, and the Left treats them well. And both ideas were deemed to be valid, then that would be a case of Cultural relativism. As it stands your statement makes no logical sense.

      Chick-fil-A has, to my knowledge, not been accused by anyone of discrimination in their hiring practices. The fact that Dan Cathy made a statement of his political views, does not equate to actual instances of discrimination in their hiring practices. The mayors actions were only symbolic because they were illegal and unconstitutional.

      Lastly, Citizens United has nothing to do with this argument. Pre-Citizens United, the mayors still could not do what they were proposing. Corporations are treated like people because they are made up of people. When you stifle the speech and actions of a business, you also stifle the speech and actions of the people that make up that business.

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