My thirteen year old granddaughter and I had a terrific experience this afternoon/evening. Today was the anti-boycott of Chick-fil-A day called for by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee in support of Chick-fil-A’s support of traditional (one man, one woman) marriage. We decided to join in the activities. She had to be at church for her youth group at 6:45 so we left the house shortly after 5:00 p.m. and headed for our local Chick-fil-A. On the way, I explained to her the situation and how we were going there as a stand for righteousness.
It wasn’t a big surprise to see the parking lot full, a very long line of cars waiting on the drive thru and people, like us, parking across the street and walking into the restaurant. It was 113 degrees outside today and yet we stood there in the sun, talking and laughing, waiting on our turn to enter the store where we would continue to stand in line for over an hour.
It was an amazing experience. No one got angry. No one shoved or cut line. It was men and women, children, teenagers, senior citizens, all connecting and talking and joyfully waiting to place our orders. Invariably the conversation leaned to the fact that we were all tired of the left leaning people in this world forcing their values on us. We are all Americans, whether we are left, center or right wing conservative and we all have the right to our opinion as granted to us by the Constitution of the United States.
There is no reason for the vileness that has been set off by Mr. Cathy’s statement. He is a religious man, a Christian, who runs his business according to Christian standards, even to the point of not being open on Sundays. For the left and the gay community to attack him for making a simple statement is over the top and could have set off an angry protest. But, there was no anger today … we were just Americans, committed to our beliefs and our God and determined to stand with someone that had been vilified by the American media, even receiving threats from several mayors across the United States of not being allowed to open Chick-fil-A restaurants in their towns.
We waited in line for about an hour until we could place our order and then we stood for at least another fifteen minutes waiting for the order. All the while I continued to be thrilled with the attitudes of the extremely busy staff as they took orders, filled them and called out the names of the customers – guests, as they called them – who were eagerly waiting. In fact, I would say the atmosphere was one of JOY…unspeakable and full of glory.
One Business Man. One God. One People. All united in the name of righteousness. I pray this unity will continue through November 6 and then perhaps, with God’s help, things will begin to turn around in America. At least today, I felt hope for the first time since 2010 when the Tea Party rallies were held across America. Maybe this was the rallying cry for 2012…may it be so.