I had an entire post composed, and I deleted it.
My stomach hurts.
As much as I preach the absolutes of the Bible - and I mean it, there is right and wrong - I'm not going to go there today.
Mr. Cathy made a statement to a Christian press organization that defends his and his family's biblical worldview. This is shocking to the majority of the population because most Christians don't even have a biblical worldview. The Barna Group conducted a survey that indicates only 9% of adults and only 19% of born-again Christians fall into that category.
According to the website stating the findings of the survey:
A biblical worldview was defined as believing that absolute moral truths exist; that such truth is defined by the Bible; and firm belief in six specific religious views. Those views were that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life; God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today; salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned; Satan is real; a Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people; and the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.Postmodernism and secular humanism are the popular worldviews right now. Why does it matter? Your worldview determines how you look at things.
A worldview serves as a person’s decision-making filter, enabling them to make sense of the complex and huge amount of information, experiences, relationships and opportunities they face in life. By helping to clarify what a person believes to be important, true and desirable, a worldview has a dramatic influence on a person’s choices in any given situation.Consider that Truett Cathy founded his company based on two things - chicken and the Bible. When you consider that's how he views the world - it's no surprise that his son, Dan, also views the world in the same way. According to Chick-Fil-A's statement of purpose the business exists "To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A." I can't speak for Chick-Fil-A across America, but I know that in central Georgia - this holds true. Their involvement in the community and just their spirit inside the store is exemplary. I truly believe that God is prospering this company and its founders, and will continue to do so - whether here on earth or eternally.
A final thought to consider from Barna:
If Jesus Christ came to this planet as a model of how we ought to live, then our goal should be to act like Jesus. Sadly, few people consistently demonstrate the love, obedience and priorities of Jesus. The primary reason that people do not act like Jesus is because they do not think like Jesus. Behavior stems from what we think - our attitudes, beliefs, values and opinions. Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life. We're often more concerned with survival amidst chaos than with experiencing truth and significance.I could go on and on about what it means or doesn't mean to be a "so-called Christian" and I could talk for days about Absolute Truth. But, today, let's just try to be like Jesus. And that starts with respect.
Mr. Cathy, I respect your biblical worldview. Maybe that's because I share it.