The “Chick-fil-A controversy” has caused many comments that have accused individuals of being biased/prejudiced. The Christian Church is one of the primary targets. How should we respond? I believe it important to make statements that demonstrate a distinction between what we say about certain behavior as compared to what we say about the person who engages in that behavior. For example we believe that stealing, killing, fraud, and lying are inappropriate and criminal behaviors. However that does not mean we believe the person committing those acts are any less human that we are. As a church we acknowledge that all of us are created in “the image of God”. We also recognize that all of us have distorted that image in some way. No one is perfect.
So how do I think this applies to the controversy concerning “gay marriage”? It means that we have the right to state what we disagree with, but it does not mean we believe the person engaging in the activity is any less “human” than any other person. We do have a particular “bias” but it is not against the person but rather it is a bias against a particular activity. I believe all of us have a “bias” or perspective that is the foundation of how we make conclusions on a variety of subjects. Our culture, our education, and our experience will all gives us a particular perspective. It will be the foundation of how we reason through issues. I would suggest that is a “good thing”. Differing perspectives on issues helps us grow as individuals and a community.
I believe that the church has not always made a distinction between people and issues. I would suggest that as elders it would be wise to articulate what our perspective is on the “Chick-fil-A” for the benefit of those in our congregations. I gave you mine, what is yours?