Chick-fil-A’s True Colors

This news hasn’t made quite as big a splash as the original controversy, but I’d argue it’s more important:

Chick-fil-A will no longer donate money to anti-gay groups or discuss hot-button political issues after an executive’s controversial comments this summer landed the fast-food chain in the middle of the gay marriage debate.

Executives agreed in recent meetings to stop funding groups opposed to same-sex unions, including Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage, according to Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno.

The restaurant itself isn’t commenting, so all we have are the words of some gay-rights individuals and organizations who say they are “encouraged” by their discussions with Chick-fil-A, but the consensus seems to be that the company’s Winshape Foundation will no longer give to groups – like Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council – that have said hateful things about LGBT women and men.

As a Christian who had some hard things to say about those donations, let me now say this: If true, this is an admirable, courageous decision by Chick-fil-A. More important, it’s the right decision. Chick-fil-A didn’t need to do this; I doubt it saw any drop in sales because of this summer’s controversy, and Christians spoke loudly and clearly that they are more than willing to stand with wealthy and powerful corporations against society’s weak and marginalized. In that regard, I suspect there is actually more downside than upside for the company in making this decision.

But – again, if this is all true – what seems to have happened is only this: A company that stands strongly on its Christian values decided to use the values modern American Christians seem to understand the least – humility and love. By sitting down and speaking with those offended by its actions, by listening to what they had to say, by being humble enough to change its policies to avoid such offense in the future, what Chick-fil-A has done is thoroughly and refreshingly Christian. Kudos to them.

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