Yesterday, one Matthew Paul Turner posted concerning Chick-fil-a Day “5 Reasons the Church Failed Yesterday.”
I believe this calls for “5 Reasons Matthew Paul Turner Failed Yesterday.”
Turner said, “it was not love.”
Hell if it wasn’t. If taking up for people being bullied by fascists isn’t love, I don’t know what is. I remember when I was picked on as a kid. When someone took up for me, that was love, and I felt love. As a kid, I had more sense than Matthew Paul Turner does now.
Taking up for others and for their freedoms is love, period.
Turner said, “People felt hate, and we ignored that.”
No, people used the smears of “hate” and “bigotry” to try to ban a legitimate business. And if there are sensitive souls out there who actually feel hate, any number of people any number of times made clear this was about supporting freedom of speech and freedom of religion in this country, not about gay bashing.
Perhaps that should have been made even more clear, but the issue of “hate” was most certainly not ignored.
Turner: “Christians put an issue above people.”
The presenting issue was freedom of speech and of religion. When you defend people’s freedom, you defend people, most of whom want to be free. ‘Nuff said.
Turner: “Once again, the mass actions of Christians built another wall of distrust between the Church and the GLBTQ communities.”
Excuse me. Were Christians trying to ban the businesses of those who support gay marriage? Am I missing something?
At the very least, in this episode it is the GLBTQABC rights crowd who has acted in an untrustworthy manner. For years, they preached tolerance. But now they seek to ban Christians and their businesses? That’s not tolerance. That’s called bait-and-switch, and it is not trustworthy. It is fraud.
I should add that there are any number of liberals and gays who are appalled by the actions of the mayors of Boston and Chicago because they, too, value freedom for all Americans. Kudos to them.
But it is not Christians who have acted in an untrustworthy manner in this episode.
Turner: “Yesterday’s hoopla surrounding CFA did nothing to prove that Christians don’t hate gay people.”
Since when does everything I do have to prove I don’t hate gay people . . . or Canadians for that matter? When I go buy beer, must I buy Canadian beer to PROVE I don’t hate Canadians? Must I put Canadian bacon on my burgers?
Actually, those opposing Chick-fil-a have been treated graciously. Protesters have been given free water. Even this now infamous jerk was treated very kindly by Chick-fil-a.
But when I got up this morning and ate breakfast, I did nothing to prove I don’t hate Canadians. I repent in dust and ashes.
(Yes, this is more than five, but I’m on a roll.)
What many Christians along with many other Americans did on August 1st was a positive thing. Although the actions of the mayors of Boston and Chicago and their ilk were outrageous, the response was peaceful and positive. Many waited in long lines in the summer heat to support freedom of speech with their time and business. And those who opposed this effort out of their small-mindedness were nevertheless treated graciously.
What happened August 1st was something Christians and Americans can be proud of.
And Matthew Paul Turner crapped all over it.
He is the one who failed.