Who hasn’t taken their children to McDonalds? We warm up to cultural icons and they feel like family, and then we are betrayed.
In a searing response to the American Family Association, McDonald’s has accused the Christian community of “hate.” To disagree, or to hold moral position that someone’s actions are wrong, even destructive – is hate.
In 1948, Orwell wrote his chilling novel, 1984. In it, he predicted a totalitarian state. One in which all speech had to be uniform. One in which certain thoughts were illegal. Such is our current nation. Action used to be the basis of criminality. Now, opinions are!
Throwing out any pretense of being neutral in the culture war, McDonald’s has taken the position that anyone who suggests that same-sex marriage (SSM) is immoral is motivated by hate. McDonald’s spokesman Bill Whitman told the American Family Association that it would not remain neutral on the cultural issue. In a statement to the Washington Post, Whitman said, “…hatred has no place in our culture.” We, as Christians, couldn’t agree more. But the notion that I can hold an idea that a certain behavior is wrong and still love is untenable in our culture. In Christian thinking, truth and love can and should exist together. In our secular world, love – really tolerance, parading as love – eclipses truth. To love another is to hold no opinion that might suggest a need for behavioral changel. No one’s morality can be expressed in a way that suggests that another person is evil. They are not evil, just different. And as Jeremiah Wright explained, different has to be treated as equal – except for the traditional Christian worldview!
Whitman went on to say, “We stand by and support our people to live and work in a society free of discrimination and harassment.”
In the past, McDonald’s sold hamburgers! Now they are selling the homosexual agenda. In a sense, the whole culture is being recruited as moral advocates – or immoral, depending on your perspective. Disallowing anything Christian, they nevertheless have taken up the role of the church, moral advocacy on social issues, thus becoming a pseudo-church, a secular church. Convinced that we can forge a new cultural consensus, or force one, based on secular values, corporation after corporation, is aligning themselves with the new secular moral codes.
It is the same old showdown! The righteous remnant and the decaying culture. The marginalized and the empowered and well-funded liberal establishment. It is again time for the prophets to speak, for radical action, for separation from the world without isolation.
McDonald’s donated $20,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in exchange for membership and a seat on the group’s board of directors. The NGLCC lobbies Congress in support of same-sex marriage. McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner said the company will promote issues they approve. “Being a socially responsible organization is a fundamental part of who we are. We have an obligation to use our size and resources to make a difference in the world…and we do.”
I have given up sausage mcmuffins from McDonalds. And I loved those things. No more! But I might go there to pray! That’s an idea.