Chick-fil-A and the issue of marriage has caused me to reflect upon my own life. It has also brought about several questions concerning my life and my view of God. The following questions have helped me to make this whole controversy a learning and growing experience.
1. What is my view of God? Do I see God as He presents Himself in His Word; or do I see God as I want Him to be? Do I believe in all of God’s attributes or only the ones that are appealing to me? Do I understand that God doesn’t change with society? God says in His Word: “For I am the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6) How I view God will often dictate my decisions, actions, and viewpoints..
2. What is the condition of my heart before God? Is my heart right with God? Do I seek to please God in everything I do? Do I pray with the Psalmist: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts.”? (Psalm 139:23) It is easy to take up a cause, but am I willing to take up the cross of Christ? Am I willing to sacrifice my all for Him?
3. What is the condition of my marriage? I can’t control if people accept or reject the Biblical teaching of marriage, but I can do something about my marriage. Do I love my wife as Christ loves the church? Am I the spiritual leader that God calls me to be? Does our marriage bring honor to the Lord?
4. Am I willing to believe and obey the Word of God in every area of my life? I can confuse human opinions with God’s truth. There is absolute truth. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” The ideas of society may change; however, the Word of God doesn’t change.
5. What am I doing to reach others with the Gospel of Christ? Paul clearly didn’t seek to reform the Roman culture. He desired to see each soul turn to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Paul stated: “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. ” (Romans 1:15) Do I get caught up in social issues and forget the main issue?
6. Do I truly live as though I am a citizen of heaven? Do I want to fit into the society around me? Do I feel rejected and upset if I am not accepted by society? The Apostle Peter said: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)
A believer in Christ is merely a pilgrim in this world. My goal is not to please the world, but to please the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Dear Lord, I see that our society often disregards your Word; however, I have also disregarded your Word. Please forgive me for the sin in my life. Please forgive me for comparing my life to other people. I need to compare my life to your absolute standard of holiness. Help me to keep my eyes focused upon you in spite of what is happening around me. Thank you for being merciful towards me. Your love for me is beyond my comprehension. Thank you for working in my life, even in times when it is painful. Amen.”