I try typically to avoid large conflicts like the one going on currently with Chick-fil-a. It is not that I do not have an opinion, it is that I believe that pushing my opinion does all of us very little good. Which is a little about what this post is about. I love my wife, but I wouldn’t want anyone to share their opinion on if that is right or wrong. I love chicken sandwiches, but I wouldn’t want that to be a statement. The problem with the whole debate is our inability to both love other people and eat a chicken sandwich without having to share our relatively meaningless irrational opinions about either.
In reality that is the heart of this whole problem. On one hand you have Chick-fil-a sharing their opinion on why certain people shouldn’t love one another, then on the other you have people telling Chick-fil-a what their opinion is on the company’s opinion.
Forgotten in this are a two very large groups of people, one who mostly just want to live their lives and love who they want to love and another who just wants to make intestinal love to a chicken sandwich without it being a political statement.
The fact is that with the extremes of the situation, the opinion people, neither are ever going to see the other person’s point of view by the actions the opposing party takes. Negative action always impacts the relationship negatively.
Those who truly care about the relationships, the lovers both of chicken and of each other, get caught in the middle of this negative relationship and it severely impacts their ability to have positive relationships with each other.
Your opinion on who someone loves and where people decide to buy their deep fried poultry of choice should not matter. What should matter is your ability to engage in meaningful relationships with the people around you. That is what life is about.
As I raise a daughter I want her to know that we can always find things that others do that do not match what our opinion on what should be done. The real challenge is trying to find ways to love everyone, and their chicken sandwich, in a meaningful way that has a positive impact on the world around us.
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