Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. Philippians 1:12. (EHV).
Let’s talk about Chick Fil A. And Kanye (again). The other day I mentioned Kanye West and the service he did with Joel Osteen last weekend. Whether or not Kanye’s conversion is deep, true, or long-lasting we don’t know (nor should we judge). We simply know that it has happened and that it has advanced the gospel. The service introduced Jesus to people who didn’t know Him, who might never have accepted Him without the introduction from this celebrity.
And then there’s Chick Fil A, in the news this week for changing its policy on corporate donations. In recent years, Chick Fil A has donated to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A change in donation policy (brought about by the expiration of those donation agreements) means Chick Fil A will no longer donate to them. The COO for Chick Fil A said this was because of those organizations’ LGBTQ policies: something immediately became radioactive.
Are we so arrogant that we (or Chick Fil A or the Salvation Army or FCA or any of the gay rights groups) actually think that God’s word can be stopped simply because some company says their checkbook is closed? God completed over a thousand years of prophecies in just the birth of Christ. God used the death of the Messiah to accomplish the deliverance of all mankind from sin and death. God used the orphan life of Moses to deliver Israel from slavery; He used an arrogant punk named Samson to destroy the evil Philistines; there are hundreds of examples of how God makes His glory known and perfected through the weakness of sinners like us. Do we really think that He will be stopped simply because of some change in corporate charity?
Sure, I’m angered that a company I support appears to have caved to bullies (who, in my opinion, won’t be placated by this. Bullies never are). Sure, I wish another company would stand up for Christ the way Chick Fil A has until now. And, sure, I don’t like to lose. But even surer than these things is the power of God to advance His gospel no matter what we do. Throughout history, whenever the church has been targeted, it has always advanced, always spread, in spite of what the haters do. Jesus doesn’t need Kanye to spread the Gospel but He thrives more when Kanye – or we here – do so. Jesus doesn’t need Chick Fil A to donate to Christian charities because He thrives whether the money flows or not. The Gospel cannot be contained by our human failings.
For further reading: Philippians 1:13
Lord Jesus, I pray you use my failings to bring greater glory to Your Kingdom.