This post is a little late in coming, considering the events I am writing about took place several weeks ago. However, I still feel it is worth speaking about the topsy-turvy world we live in. So, Chick-fil-a, a company many in the Christian community have supported for decades, has recently made drastic changes in what charitable agencies would receive funding from the fast-food chain. Some of these changes are surprising, and even saddening. Especially, when one considers that the chicken sandwich giant has decided to stop giving to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army? Really? Yep. There has been a great deal of ink spilled regarding these changes and you can find great write-ups here, here, here, and here.
Now, Chick-fil-a is a private company and it can spend its money however it chooses. At the same time, it is also true that a lot of people drive out of their way specifically to support the business because of its strong ties to the Christian community. So, while I will still dine there from time to time, I no longer see any reason why I should drive past Popeye’s – avoiding a rather delicious sandwich 🙂 – just to support Chick-fil-a.
At the same time all this was happening in the world of chicken sandwiches, the entertainment industry experienced its own shakeup of sorts, which came in the form of Kanye West. Not too long ago he publicly declared his faith in Jesus Christ. Then he said he would no longer make secular music. Then he started hosting a worship service that drew massive crowds and made a clear gospel presentation. Next, he dropped an album with explicitly Christian music. And now he is planning a massive event with Joel Osteen!
While I may not be that keen on Joel Osteen, the man attracts quite an audience and I do think the Lord can use anyone He sees fit. So, the man who brought us “Gold Digger” is now making music that glorifies God Almighty. Praise the Lord! This is truly remarkable and I hope that Kanye stays faithful and strong as he walks down this new path.
Two lessons these episodes should teach us is that things are not always as they seem, and our trust should not be put into things of this world. After all, it is the Lord who is unchanging. That is something that cannot be said of worldly things.