An Orlando Chick-fil-A ignored a long-standing company policy last week in order to help people in need. The fast food chain has become quite successful even though they are not open on Sunday. They remain closed on the first day of the week so that their employees can spend the day worshiping God and being with their family.
However, last week was not just another Sunday in Orlando. A gunman terrorized a local nightclub for hours Saturday night, killing dozens and wounding dozens more. First responders were at the scene of the crime for a long time. So were frightened relatives of people who had been at the club that night. The former had come to help. The latter had arrived to see if by any chance their loved one had made it through the horrific ordeal alive.
So the managers of the local Chick-fil-A opened up their business on Sunday so they could prepare food and drink and take it to those at the scene.
Some people were surprised that Chick-fil-A would perform such a loving act of mercy, since their Christian owners had long been on record as being supporters of biblical morality, and the shooting had occurred at a gay night club. Weren’t the employees at Chick-fil-A ignorant, hateful homophobes who wanted nothing but judgment for the people who were hurting?
No, not at all.
The world can’t understand that it is possible to be graceful to others without compromising the truth. Chick-fil-A’s management still upholds biblical principles of morality. They also want to reach out in love to people who strongly disagree with them and call them derisive names that they do not deserve to be called.
What Chick-fil-A did was a great example of grace and truth in action. This is the kind of life that Jesus lived as an example for his followers to imitate.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”—John 1:14.