Unless you’re living under a rock and/or aren’t on Facebook, you know there’s quite a bit of interest about chicken sandwiches these days. I debated writing this post at all, but now that everything has died down and i have had a lot of time to sit, observe, and come up with an opinion, I wanted to say a few things.
Heres where I stand. I want to choose love and mercy first, because that’s the model I see in Christ. I don’t think this needs to be “us” vs “them.” I think our defending our “right” to speak and have an opinion has obscured the greater purpose of our faith: to love our God with all our heart, mind, and soul, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
An opportunity to be love as Christ followers has turned into another moment where we hold desperately to being “right” and posting “clever” Facebook statuses or memes over extending love. However you feel about this debate, I’m not sure that this is the response Christ would have In this moment. As Andy Stanley writes, “…God looks for opportunities to extend grace and compassion.” (Grace of God, p. 115) How have you extended grace and compassion in this moment?
Love is kind. Love is not arrogant. It does not act unbecomingly. It does not seek its own. Love is not provoked.
Isn’t this what our lives should reflect? Whatever side of the chicken sandwich your camp is, I think we should all choose love first. If those of us who call ourselves Christ followers would love as fervently as we tend to fight for our “right” to be right, I think this would be an entirely different conversation.
I don’t mean to be another liberal Christian. I’m not trying to take sides. I’m not judging. I’m merely stating that my camp chooses love, grace, compassion, and mercy first.