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.

Every Reason to Be Thankful :: By Holly Spate

“A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.” – Charles Finney

As we approach another Thanksgiving holiday, let’s be mindful of all we have beyond the material blessings. Looking past the consumerism of things, the food and frivolity, let’s turn our attention to the greatest reason for our thankfulness. If you’ve placed your trust in Christ and have accepted Him into your heart, you have every reason to be thankful.

The Bible teaches a lot of lessons regarding thankfulness and commands us to give thanks consistently. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Chronicles 16:34 continues, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

We’re told in Colossians 4:2 to “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

And 1 Corinthians 15:57 encourages us with this truth, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Over and over we’re encouraged to be thankful for all we have because of Jesus’ sacrifice. Beyond the material blessings for which to give thanks, are spiritual blessings for those who’ve placed their trust in the Savior of the world.

Because of this, our hearts should convey the joy of 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

We’ve been given the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us. We have the blessing of salvation that’s rescued us from hell itself. And, placing our trust in Christ gives both a hope and a future as Jeremiah 29:11 speaks to:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The gift of salvation brings with it gifts of purpose, peace, joy, unconditional love, mercy, grace, forgiveness and redemption. Because of Jesus, we can put our confidence in the One who knows all, sees all, and holds all in His hands. Because of Jesus we can have a personal relationship enabling us to pray to Him, learn from Him, lean on Him and tell others about Him. This relationship should have every believer in a continued state of thanksgiving and praise for all our Savior’s done and is doing in our lives day-to-day.

Because of Him our hearts can happily look forward to the future as we await with anticipation an eternal, perfect home in heaven where we’ll dwell forever with our Savior.

Because of Him we can rejoice, proclaiming with praise and happy hearts Romans 11:36 and Psalm 30:12 which state:

“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”

“That my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”

Friends, as you prepare for the festivities this Thanksgiving holiday, let your focus be to cherish all you have because of all He’s given. And remember, with Christ as your Savior, you truly do have every reason to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!