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Timothy Griffin: Looking Up

"Eat More Chicken"

(Timothy Griffin)
March 19, 2013

chicken.jpgAt lunchtime yesterday, I had a desire to get out of the building, so I took a ride to get some gas. With a sudden taste for Japanese food, I drove over to the mall and went into the food court and placed an order. As I sat down to eat, I looked over and began reading some plaques on the wall, which for some pleasant reason were a tribute to Chick-fil-A. The plaques detailed various events in the history of the restaurant.

As I read remarks about the restaurant’s “Closed on Sunday” policy, my mind went back to the Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day held last August 1st. On that day, former presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee challenged supporters of traditional marriage to support the restaurant in the face of comments made by the restaurant’s COO, Dan Cathy. A few weeks earlier, while being interviewed on a radio talk show, Cathy said, "I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about." These comments irked gay rights advocates.

On the designated day, Chick-fil-A posted record sales, on the way to generating more than $4.6 billion dollars in total sales last year.

While Chick-fil-A is not at the financial peak of the fast food industry, they are thriving and definitely among the most respected. And I believe that they and similar companies are seeing success, because those at the ownership helm have taken to heart God’s words with their business models and actions.

looking_up.jpgConversely, in I Samuel 2:30, we find what happens when the opposite takes place.  In that passage, the account is given of the priesthood being removed from Eli’s family. It reads, “Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the LORD declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”

Though we often try to insert a middle ground in our relationship with God, there is no in between in His mindset.  There's hot or cold -- warm is wrong and rejected. Similarly, you either honor Him or you don't. Honoring today and straddling the fence tomorrow is dishonor.

While it was an admirable event, in truth, Christians shouldn't rely on "special occasions" to give God the daily honor He requires and deserves. Yes, the results of Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day show a glimpse of the promise found in I Samuel 2. But, the total fulfillment of that promise will only be evident in our lives when as Christians, we choose to honor God every day in every way.

Timothy Griffin serves as a Campus Pastor at Liberty University. The Campus Pastors Office exists to help produce students who have the highest standards of Christian conduct and Biblical principles so that they may reach people for Christ in whatever venue that the Lord may call them.