By now most of us have heard the sad and shocking news, that Chick-fil-A has changed its donation pattern. It now donates to groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-Christian hate group. Chick-fil-A has claimed in the past to be a distinctly Christian company in favor of Christian principles. That seems to be a thing of the past.
Here is one link to the whole sordid story: https://amgreatness.com/2019/11/27/shock-and-betrayal-chick-fil-a-has-donated-to-splc-and-many-other-left-wing-groups/.
And, just when you thought it was safe to go outside again, we hear of a Sprite commercial which supports transgenderism. The ad is a wonder to behold. One scratches one’s head even to figure out who is advertising what, but at the end the name Sprite appears. Sprite is a Coca-Cola product. It has long been a blessing to those of us, myself included, who don’t handle caffeine well. Now it apparently is also a blessing to those who don’t handle well remaining in the gender which they were given at birth. A versatile product.
These are a few examples of the things that are going on in the business world. We could go on at greater length, however. For example, we have Jeff Bezos of Amazon, who bought the “Washington Post.” Not to turn it into a good and honest newspaper, but to use his fortune to keep it safely left-wing. Or we could listen to the mad ravings of Tim Cook at Apple. Corporate America is apparently determined to bring Christian civilization to an end.
One might, theoretically, have expected something different from these people. After all, the free market is to a large extent a byproduct of a Christian worldview. The Eighth Commandment tells us not to steal (Exodus 20:15). The deeper we go into the Christian faith, the more likely we are to want to protect our neighbor and our neighbor’s property. We are not even to covet what he has (Exodus 20:17–the Tenth Commandment)! All that is a solid background for a world in which people earn money and keep it, without the rest of us relieving them of as much of that money as we can.
What we find is probably what we should have known all along: those who benefit by there being a free market are not necessarily intellectually and spiritually capable of understanding the intellectual/spiritual foundations of a free market.
People who are good at making a lot of money are good at making a lot of money. That is especially what they are good at. They are not necessarily good at thinking, nor are they necessarily good people. Of course, they could also be good at golf or chess, or a million other things. But they are not automatically good at moral reasoning just because they became rich.
It is sort of natural for us to think something like this: “Christian civilization is the foundation of the free market. The free market allows these regular people to become rich people. Therefore these rich people are probably big fans of Christian civilization.” Uh uh. It doesn’t work like that. These people are not thinkers, they are not logical. The true pattern of their thought runs something like this: “I have made a lot of money. That means I have life figured out more than everyone else. People need to listen to me about every important issue.”
What has happened is that countless people–not just the super rich like Mr. Bezos or Mr. Cook–including ordinary people making only a slightly better than average living (or people earning even less than that!), have fallen victim to the deceitfulness of riches. Riches have lied to them. The Bible tried to warn us.
‘”And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”‘ (Matthew 13:22)
All of us in this country have, to some degree at least, heard the word of God. For some, the worry of the world got to us. For others, riches tricked us. We were deceived to think that our riches made us smarter than God. Once we become smarter than God, we can and should tell everyone how life really should be lived. Mr. Bezos believes he has found his true calling in telling us how life should be lived, at the “Washington Post.” The people at Sprite/Coca-Cola feel obligated to help us rubes see that transgenderism is really a good thing, not an abomination as we currently believe in our Neanderthal dimness.
As for the poor pathetic people at Chick-fil-A, who knows what goes on in their minds? If they still have some residue of Christian thinking, it is confused. A thoughtful Christian friend has pointed out to me that their betrayal of their supposed Christian principles might be a good business strategy! After all, some markets might continue to be closed to them if they remain committed to biblical Christianity. And on the other hand, moving leftward as a corporation might open up markets! More money to be made!
Great, but what about their Christianity? Aren’t they betraying God? It does seem so. Perhaps they too have been tricked by the deceitfulness of riches. They seem to think that their company was all about making money. But they claimed to be about more than making money. They seemed for a while to want to defend and preserve Christian civilization. Standing for God’s truth was, for a while, more important than only making money.
Making money is wonderful! But it is not everything. Christ told us that ‘”not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”‘ (Luke 12:15) The abundance that Chick-fil-A has gained as a restaurant chain has been earned by giving the world a good product, and not one Christian begrudges them one penny of their financial success. But their corporate life was not just about money. Some of us were encouraged by the fact that for a while they were willing to stand for Christian principles in a world where Christian principles were often the enemy. Now we have lost a friend. More in sorrow than in anger, we ask the leaders at Chick-fil-A to think again. Repentance is always possible.
One lesson we all–Chick-fil-A and the rest of us–should take from this is that we can’t successfully compromise with the enemy. Compromise is defeat. We must learn to stand and face them. This could mean defeat, but on the other hand compromise means certain defeat. If we desert one Christian principle, it will not be enough for our enemies. They want us to desert them all. They want us to admit that we are monsters and deserve to die. Then when we are dead they will spit on our graves. The only thing that will satisfy them is if we become like them. We have to believe the nonsense they believe. We have to think and act like them. Do you think even that will be enough for them? It won’t be. Because, ultimately, their problem is not with us. Their real problem is with God. He made the world with hateful moral laws which are too difficult and too cruel. He must be overthrown. He must be killed.
If we are willing to join with them in trying to overthrow and kill God, they might cut us a small measure of slack. But probably not very much. Do we see much kindness and generosity of spirit among the God-haters? I don’t. I would rather stick with the rubes who try to love God and their neighbor according to biblical teaching. There are some occasional giggles, and some occasional kindliness of spirit, in that crowd.