Yesterday, the Chick-fil-A Foundation announced changes in their approach to charitable giving beginning in 2020. Faith-based organizations like The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are no longer listed. So, many Christians took to social media to express their displeasure. Does the Chick-fil-A decision reveal hypocrisy? Yes, I think so. But hear me out; I’m not jumping on the bandwagon.
Most critics of the decision believe CFA is attempting to appease the LGBTQ community. They use words like “cave,” “compromise,” and “sell-outs.” This is new ground for the relationship between Chick-fil-A and the Christian community.
The food chain is always outspoken about the Christian principles guiding their company. It’s even in their mission statement, “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
Although I don’t understand what Chick-fil-A is doing, I’m not getting into the mix about their decision. My concern is the hypocrisy in some of the indignation. For instance, many who are expressing outrage on social media are also supporting ungodly musicians and movies. Is it not hypocritical to profess Christ while finding entertainment in things that counter biblical truth?
But the issue bothering me the most is the question of personal generosity. Religious giving is down 50% since 1990. On average, Christians give 2.5% of their income to the local church. People were more generous during The Great Depression than today!
So, does the Chick-fil-A decision reveal hypocrisy in your life? Before criticizing a company that gives away millions, consider the quality of your own generosity. And before throwing stones on social media, contemplate choices that compromise your faith. Then, let’s commit to praying for any person or company whose stated aim is to glorify God.