Chick-fil-A Chickens Out! :: By Holly Spate

“If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20).

I’m heartbroken today. Every believer should be heartbroken. Chick-fil-A has catered, compromised and cowered to those who oppose what they’ve unashamedly stood for in the past. If you haven’t heard the news, Chick-fil-A’s foundation will not be giving to organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes as they have in the past, reportedly because these groups do not recognize gay “marriage.”

Make no mistake, Chick-fil-A… your decision to cater on this important issue will not appease these LGBTQ groups and those who support them in the least. With this decision, you’ve just given them a boost of empowerment and energized their base even more. But, don’t be naive… they will not be happy. They will continue to hound and harass you until you cater to their every demand, which if you do, will render your company unrecognizable!

Why, if you’re a Christian company, would you listen to and appease man while not obeying your Creator’s commands and fear the judgment of Almighty God? Why would you make a decision that goes against what the Bible says? Why would you turn your back on the very One who has blessed you in the past?

Chick-Fil-A, remember… you have been blessed because of your past stances. You have been blessed because you’ve kept your doors closed on Sundays. You have been blessed because you’ve stood for faith and family.

We’re told very clearly in John 16:33 that we will have troubles in this life:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

But Christ has set us free… “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).

As Christians, we have a responsibility to stand up and to speak the truth in love. We’re called to point the lost in the right direction. Catering to them does not help. Actually, catering and cowering to them is unkind. We’re called to share the truth with them, pray for them and help them. And we’re to do it all with Christlike love and kindness. As believers, we’re to love the sinner but hate and stand against the sin.

Matthew 5:43-45 says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.’”

Nowhere in the Bible does God ever say we’re to condone a person’s sin. We’re not to make excuses, elevate, give into, support, or cheer on the sin. No, we’re to pray for the person and, with God’s help, show him/her right from wrong. And, in doing so, we’re showing real love.

Romans 12:2 reminds every believer of our place: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

We’re called to unashamedly stand for what’s right even if we’re standing alone. And, we’re not just to stand, we’re to stand boldly and confidently because we represent Jesus Christ. But, as Christians, we should all come together and stand against ungodly agendas and decisions that negatively shape society and eliminate all that’s good, moral and holy.

We’re to take up our armor as Ephesians 6:13-17 says: “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

We’re also to remember this important truth found in Romans 8:31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

In other words, we’re to remember Who is on our side and to gain confidence and grow a backbone. We’re not to be anything like the world. Instead, we’re to be the light on a hill that can’t be hidden. We’re to stand strong, cling to Jesus and put on our armor. We’re not to hide in the shadows and scatter when confrontation comes our way. We’re not to bend, cave, or straddle in the grey areas.

Christians everywhere need to unite, take a stand and remain standing.

Stand up! Stand up in your communities, your churches, the public square. Come together and stand for Christ. We can make an impact and we’re commanded to put on our full armor and go share God’s truth in love to a lost world.

If we truly love the Lord and follow Christ, we have to do what He says, period.

As a follower of Christ, there’s simply no room for compromise. We have to be totally sold out to Him. Luke 9:23 is clear, “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.’”

The world is getting darker each day, and we’re not to let our lights grow dim or burn out, but rather we’re to shine brightly.

As brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s unite together and ask Chick-fil-A to stand for God in all their business practices and endeavors and to change this decision by adding our names to the following petition and sharing it with others.

Let’s Go Over Malachi 2:10 :: By Mark Susswein

“Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?”

Of course, we know God is our Father and, of course, we know He created all men. And, of course, in their stiff-necked tradition, the Israelites chose to follow other gods from the surrounding pagan nations.

Israel was to be that nation that was set apart to worship the One True God. They were to be a Holy nation, a royal priesthood. We all know the commandment, “you shall have no other gods before me.” We know, as Paul Harvey used to say, ‘the rest of the story’ for Israel.

As we move further on in this verse, we come across the word faithless. I’m sure we all would agree a faithless person is anybody who doesn’t believe that God can do and change all things.

Bible Study Tools has just about the same definition. Here’s what they have:

“Having the sense of unbelieving or disbelieving.”

In using Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary, faithless is used in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament 23 times, meaning treacherous or treacherously and is used once to mean unfaithful.

Let’s see just how strong faithless comes across from our Lord in Matthew 17:17.

“O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you?”

Not only did Jesus refer to that generation as faithless, but they were described by Jesus Himself as twisted, or some versions have it, perverted.

In the Book of Revelation, it becomes quite succinct on what faithless strongly denotes. Look at the words accompanying faithless in the following verse from Revelation 21:8:

“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

Let me say this, and I’m sure we’ve all gone through those difficult times in our lives when we, quote, “lacked faith.” That does not in any way, shape or form define what being faithless or faithlessness is.

That lack of faith simply means the faith tank within us is running low for whatever the reason, but your faith is still in the Creator. You haven’t left Him and He certainly hasn’t left you. In further reading in Malachi 3, he hasn’t left the Jews either. There will be a remnant of Jews; God always has a remnant.

However, for those who are, quote, “faithless,” that refers to having zero, nada, absolutely no faith in the One True God. Yes, there are those who put their faith in a cult, organization, or whatever or whomever else. Those things and ideas seemingly created by man are nothing but deception and deceitful, but the spiritual reality is, Satan is at the controls. Here’s what Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 11:12-15:

“And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

Satan has a way to make evil sound so good and look so nice. He is using the same play out of the same playbook because… it is still effective. Look at Genesis 3:1-6.

“He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.”

If faith, the belief in the One True God, is anything other than that; that is faithlessness. That is treacherous.

We could look at Revelation 21:8 in this way:

“But as for the cowardly, the treacherous, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

And going back to the verse that started all of this, Malachi 2:10, we could read it this way without too much of an argument:

“Why then are we treacherous (faithless) to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?”

For the unbeliever to remain faithless is indeed a bad way to go and to end their God-given life with.

In the end, without faith in the One True God, they are being treacherous to themselves; and, in the end, that faithlessness will only lead to living in an eternity of Hell. However, in our obedience to the Great Commission, with the Holy Spirit leading us and encouraging us, we can at the very least plant a seed that will eventually grow, and hopefully and prayerfully pull that one faithless person we know and love out of the pit of that dark and treacherous place known as Hell and into the light of an eternal place—the New Jerusalem. Amen?