Seeing The Bigger Picture
Mark Keith Robinson, who some of you may recognize for his rapidly found fame when he stood up to the Greensboro NC City Council and reminded them who they worked for in his now famous "I AM the majority" speech, penned some words this week with regards to the Chick-Fil-A saga.
Mark has become a frequent guest and political commentator on TV after his explosion on social media, and is now running for Lt. Governor of NC. Part of his comments centered on worldly issues, and I'll omit those, because I want to focus on what he said at the end. Now I don't know what religious group Mark identifies with, but what he says here, as best I can tell, is 100% scriptural, and we need to hear it pretty often in our Christian walk.
"I ate at Chick-Fil-A this morning.
I didn’t go to church there. I didn’t go to hear the gospel preached. I went there to eat....
(worldly comments omitted)
...But dare I say this, many of US have put more pressure on Chick-Fil-A to stand up for God in the last two days than we have on ourselves in the last week. WE expect a fast food chain to uphold a Gospel we won’t even share with our neighbors, and coworkers, and friends. And on Sunday, the day we laud Chick-Fil-A for being closed many of US won’t even attend Church and give God two hours of one day of the week. The point here is not to point fingers. Or maybe it is.
Maybe the point is to point the finger in the right direction, which is at ourselves. WE must be the keepers of the faith. WE must be the hearers of the WORD. WE must be warriors for Christ. And WE must be the spreaders of the GOSPEL. A fast food shop can help, but it is OUR charge, it is OUR mission.
I ate at Chick-Fil-A this morning...it was delicious."
Many people, religious and otherwise, have jumped on this developing story surrounding changes in Chick-Fil-A's charitable giving policies. The liberal left called the Chick-Fil-A decision "a huge win". The conservative right said Chick-Fil-A "caved in". What I appreciate about Mark's words is that he helped clear a few trees so we could see the forest.
While people stay glued to social media to see which side is scoring the most points, our Bibles sometime sit and collect dust. The urgently important 'eternal life' teachings of Christ are not found in the daily Facebook posts of people on either side of the issue, nor are they preached by the fast food chain caught up in all of this whoopla. NO, they are between the covers of that sometimes idle book on our bedside table, and Christ commissioned every one of us who have believed and obeyed Him to carry that message to others.
When people have believed and choose to follow Him, we are to baptize them into Christ, and God adds them to THE church (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 2:47) While the masses are looking for "a huge win" or trying not to "cave in", our job is to be spreading the Gospel and making disciples for the Lord's Kingdom.