Am I jumping on the Chick-fil-gimmeabreak bandwagon? Unfortunately, yes.

I don’t care what Dan Cathy thinks about gay marriage. I know what I think about gay marriage. I’m not a president of a national fast food chain. If I wanted to speak out about how I felt about the price of tea in China no one would pay attention.

Have you ever seen two seagulls fighting over a chicken bone? Most likely you haven’t, but it doesn’t take impressive mental gymnastics to understand the image. If you’ve taken an outspoken stance on Dan Cathy’s statement, you do realize that you are one of the seagulls in my analogy, right? The media literally threw a chicken bone right in the middle of our incredibly politically polarized society, and each side, like some scavenging hyena, jumped all over it in some vociferous rant about “fighting legal oppression” and “funding hate groups” (yes, real quotes).

I am officially not taking a stance on the Chick-fil-gay controversy. I don’t judge someone because they sin differently than me. And I don’t get pissed off because someone has different views than me. I have my views and the ones I share, explicitly or implicitly, don’t have to be espoused by everyone around me. Why? Because I respect others and appreciate their individuality. My choices do not have to be their choices, but all of our choices have consequences, good or bad, and I’m okay with that, because that’s the way it is.

Why not the controversy over the greed displayed by the presidents and ceo’s of the oil companies? Why not the outrage over the selfishness and covetousness of the elected politicians who are supposed to be representing us? Doesn’t the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act deserve as much fury from We The People as Dan Cathy’s personal views on marriage, if not much much more? Did you ever hear of Monsanto? Were there as many status updates asking why we spent upwards of $1,000,000,000 on a bombing campaign in Libya as there are about Chick-fil-a protests?

A friend of mine had it right when he posted as his Facebook status “Keep fighting about chicken, everyone”. The world moves in dangerous directions all around you, but you fail to notice because you’ve built your soapboxes too high to smell the crap below you, and you’ve yelled too loudly to hear the small whispers of truth right next to your ears. Stop letting the media tell you what to focus on. Practice discernment and avoid the hype. Stand apart from the masses and swim against the current. Move slowly, but with purpose, and always be listening, listening, listening.

There’s more going on in this life than what we think.




Art is the fingerprints of God left on the clay of mankind

When a sculptor molds and shapes clay he leaves his fingerprints on the surface of the clay. When he’s done he smooths the surface of the clay so the fingerprints are erased. God didn’t smooth the surface of mankind when He created us in his image. He left his fingerprints all over us.

What separates man from the other animals? So many things. One of them is our artisitic nature. I am currently reading G.K. Chesterton’s “The Everlasting Man”, and the main point of the first chapter is the stark contrast between man the animal, and man the mind. He explains, “Monkeys did not begin pictures and men finish them; Pithecanthropus did not draw a reindeer badly and Homo Sapiens draw it well. The high animals did not draw better and better portraits; the dog did not paint better in his best period than in his early bad manner as a jackal; the wild horse was not an Impressionist and the race-horse a Post-Impressionist”.

Chesterton is saying here that although there may be evidence pointing to the evolution of man the animal, there is no evidence of the development of man’s mind. All the earliest, rawest evidence we have of man’s early mind shows that when man came on the scene he already possessed the ability to express something artistically, i.e. cave drawings.

When we create something artistic, we are reflecting the creative nature of The Creator. Even when the artist doesn’t know it, or refuses to acknowledge it, there is no getting around the fact that even the most sophisticated animals, be they monkeys, dolphins, dogs, pigs, etc… show no desire, nor the capability, to express their emotions, thoughts, experiences or understanding through artistic creation.

We are not an accident. We were intentionally made. Our Maker’s fingerprints are all over us.