Sometime ago, Starbucks took a stand for same-sex marriage. Many evangelical Christians were offended and called for a boycott of Starbucks. Advocates of same-sex marriage saw this as intolerant and as an overreaction. More recently, Chick-fil-A took a stand against same-sex marriage. Advocates of same-sex marriage were offended and have called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. Evangelicals see this as intolerant and an overreaction.
Am I the only one who sees all this as rather silly? Really? Mayors banning Chick-fil-A from their cities because they disagree with their position? Christians afraid of buying a coffee from Starbucks because it might be seen as support for same-sex marriage? These are restaurants and cafes. Who cares what the owners of these companies feel about same-sex marriage? Our society has gotten overly occupied with being offended. Why not acknowledge you disagree with a position and eat your chicken sandwich and drink your coffee?
In our supposedly advanced society, we should be at the place where we are okay to disagree with one another. We should not be so upset that someone has a different opinion that we need to organize a boycott. Don’t let yourself buy into the lie that we should be offended by everything and anything. I am not dismissing same-sex marriage as an important issue. However, there is a need for maturity in these issues. Stick to the pros and cons of a particular issue and don’t get so caught up in what some food franchise thinks.