On Wednesday, you broke records, so they say. You ate a crap-load of processed chicken sandwiches and mayonnaise based secret sauce. I want to know if anyone ate the carrot-raisin salad instead of fries. I can’t imagine anyone ordering that.
You had some people outside your ranks support you and eat along with you.
And some of your own were embarrassed by you. They averted their eyes and went to Burger King instead. They pointed fingers. They were ashamed of you.
They say you stand for hate.
And they ask if this is what it’s come to. Is this what moves and mobilizes the church? Chicken sandwiches?
I’m not going to judge your motivations. Plenty of other Christians already are. So I won’t claim to know why you were standing in line.
I’ve got something much bigger on my mind then why you were in line on Wednesday.
Right now, take everything else out of the equation, and just imagine what we could do if we could get excited about something as much as we got excited for one day about chicken.
Once in a Generation
Has it occurred to anyone yet, or am I the first one to realize it?
I have never, ever seen Christians that motivated, that mobilized…ever. Over anything. Who would have thought on Wednesday we’d see the biggest movement of Christians in this country in a generation? Christians of every stripe turned out. It bridged denominations and age groups. No one knew what kind of Christians they were standing in line with or eating next to. They were just united. For just a few hours. Just take out everything else and marvel at that for a moment. It doesn’t happen very often.
Cause of Inconvenience
Here’s another thing. People who consider themselves “activists” are usually pretty lazy.
“Supporting the troops” usually means putting a ribbon on your car. Not a lot of effort. It’s easy to throw a few bucks at a cause or slap a bumper sticker on your car. That’s usually about as far as we’re willing to go. Heck, there’s a projected 18% turnout for next Tuesday’s primary elections. While people moan about our liberties being taken away, four-fifths of us can’t even be bothered to exercise one of our most important rights.
But what happened on Wednesday was a lot of Christians willing to inconvenience themselves for once. Not a huge inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. But what would normally be a thirty minute lunch turned into two hours. People crammed and crowded, and waited in traffic. And they stood in line…outside. And it’s hot outside, triple digits for a months straight in my town. I might have gone there, but when I saw the line, I decided it wasn’t worth it!
And maybe someone did eat the carrot-raisin salad when the store ran out of fries. You know, took one for the team. That’s a real hero.
All for a gesture that no one would have noticed if they had not made it.
What Could Christians Accomplish?
I wonder at what happened on Wednesday, and I get a little bit fearful. Because I’m afraid we just saw the biggest mass mobilization of Christians that we might see in our lifetimes. We might never see Christians turn out like that for anything ever again.
Is lunch the only thing that could motivate us to do that?
What could we accomplish if we got that excited about something more than stuffing our faces for a cause?
We could bring the good news to people.
We could change hearts.
We could bring 100 million chicken sandwiches to hungry children. Next Wednesday is free for me. Anyone else? Use your imagination. We could do a lot. Something huge.
Sorry, I just got caught up in a daydream. A silly fantasy! Of course it could never happen again…
What do you think? Did we just witness the biggest mobilization of Christians in our lifetimes? Tell us about why you went or stayed home, or tell us what you’d like to Christians really unite around.