As almost everyone knows by now, Dan Cathy (above), president of the Chick-fil-A fast food chain, is not an advocate of same-sex marriage.
He says: “[W]e are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”
Cathy, of course, has every right to espouse such opinions. Nor should government officials who disagree with him unduly impede efforts by his restaurant chain to establish outlets wherever the company wants.
On the other hand, let’s not pretend that Cathy’s opinions on gay marriage represent “the Christian point of view.” There simply is no single Christian position on the issue of homosexuality.
There are hundreds of Christian denominations, and they don’t all agree among one another on political matters — or even on theological matters.
And yet, there are countless people who claim that they represent the “Christian viewpoint” on whatever is at issue. Some of them are so arrogant that they assume for themselves the authority to decide who’s really a Christian and who’s not.
Anyone who says “I am a Christian” is not declaring a clearly defined theological, moral or political point of view. He or she is merely staking out a rather amorphous religious identity.
There are countless presumably devout Christians whose views on homosexuality, abortion, capital punishment and numerous other issues vary widely. None of these people can rightly say that their views represent the inviolable orthodoxy of the Christian faith.