Exercising Your Rights or Doing the Right Thing?

I haven’t blogged about the Chick-Fil-A controversy, and I’m not going to choose sides now. I’m only writing this because I started to write something while reposting an article and realized that I was getting too wordy for a Facebook post.

Here’s the article: The Last Chicken Story We’re Writing Today, and as far as I’m concerned, the most important part of the article:

The Huffington Post’s Lila Shapiro interviewed several LGBT employees of Chick-fil-A, for a roundup of how they feel about the controversy. The responses can best be summed up by 18-year-old Gabriel Aguiniga, a gay employee at a Chick-fil-A in Colorado, who told HuffPo that the toughest part of the job was “constantly having people come up to you and say, ‘I support your company, because your company hates the gays.’ It really takes a toll on me.” (Emphasis mine)


I don’t care where you eat or choose not to eat. I respect your right of free speech no matter who you are or what you say. But maybe we need to stop for a minute and think about what we say before it actually tumbles out. Stop and remember that there are real people hearing and reading our words. Humans who have feelings just like we do. If you’re a Christian, then you believe that all humans are made in God’s image. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I really don’t think we’re supposed to hate the people who believe or act differently than we do — or than we think they’re supposed to act.

Before we speak or act, let’s stop and think, “Would Jesus do this?” or more realistically, “Would I do this if Jesus were standing here?” Because the chances of any of us actually acting like Jesus are, unfortunately, pretty slim, but we’ll sure put on a good show. (Maybe we should remember that Jesus is there even when we can’t see him.)

I’m talking to both sides here. This isn’t about “sides”.  This is about remembering that just because you can say or do something doesn’t mean you should say or do it. (In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s biblical. Look it up.)

Having the right to say something doesn’t make it right to say it.