This whole Chick-fil-a episode is just another example of the level of bullshit (from both sides) trying to push their political agendas.
It is a boxing match.
In the “right” corner of the ring weighing in for the so-called “Christian” (or Republican) majority is a fight for a biblical definition of marriage (and a must win for legislating morality). And, in the “left” corner of the ring weighing in for the so-called “Human Secularist” (or Democrat) side fighting for tolerance (and a must win for free-thinking) just bugs the absolute snot out me.
All this type of fighting does is divides people from growing together in community of love and compassion. The way a lot of the “Christians” act is completely on the other side of the spectrum from what is actually taught by Jesus Himself. Jesus teaches love, not fighting, to show God’s awesomeness to the world.
By “Christian’s” acting this way, do they think they are actually showing love as Christ’s Body? I don’t think so. It does not seem like a loving way to approach things to me.
I get it. I understand the passion to want others to think exactly the way you do, but that is not what we are called to do. We are not to shove what we think is correct down other’s throats. We are to show others love (Jesus). When we try to shove our legalistic thinking at others it just shoves them away and the tension builds. Jesus actually went ballistic against these types of methods.
As I thought about this boxing match, the whole home school versus public school debate came to mind.
As many of you know, we have homeschooled our children for the last 6 to 7 years, and it has been an awesome experience. We, as many other families, had many reasons to school our kids at home, but it was never because we tried to keep our kids outside of the dreaded zone of Satan call “public school”. I am not a huge fan of the inefficiencies that comes with any man-made institutions, but this year, after many days of pondering what to do for this school year, we have decided to send our kids to the public school in our district.
Well, looking closer into this chicken debacle also helped define a lot of the experiences we have encountered within the home school community at large. The more I explored homeschooling over the years, it seems as though a lot of groups, and even a lot of the curriculum is based on traditional Christian values. This is a great thing on the surface, just like traditional marriage is, but it is also very narrow in its teachings. The teachings do not let anyone explore other ways of looking at things. A lot of it is taught as the only way to think, and some are even salvation based (which really irks my ass).
Well, for the close friends and family that knows me, I am a complete believer in Jesus Christ as the magnet that holds the entire universe together, and I want to show that love that Jesus teaches to my kids and to others, but I am just not comfortable with some of the attitudes of the homeschooling community and many curricula, both online and in person I have encountered over the years. Many attitudes mirror the same political agenda the “right” side of the chicken boxing match fights today. As it seems now (from my experience), a lot of home school community (not everyone of course) are simply perpetuating the needless and acrimonious political dichotomy of democrats versus republicans by using education as the implement (just like the chicken battle we see in the news).
I want to teach our children diversity of opinions, tolerance, and even to respect scientific advances, and ultimately that all of that is second stuff to our first priority that is Jesus, and the sad thing is, it is really difficult to find that type of diversity inside the home school community of today without being labeled … “you are doing it wrong”.
Well, to that I call bullshit.