Chicken, Cake, and Contradiction

“You can’t have your cake and eat it too” rings the English proverb, declaring that sometimes you cannot have two things simultaneously; they are mutually exclusive. One such contradiction arises in the uproar surrounding the restaurant Chick-fil-A.

:Chick-fil-A has been under a lot of heat recently from pro-homosexuality groups who declare the restaurant “homophobic” for its president’s recent statements supporting traditional marriage. Notice the logical connection here. All Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy said was that he supported traditional marriage and the movement assumed (logically) that Cathy was against gay marriage. I believe this is a fair assumption. After all, if I support traditional marriage, then I conversely do not support non-traditional marriage. Lets keep this comparison in mind as we examine another often made claim.

Whenever homosexuality is brought up, the conversation will often lead to this claim “Jesus said nothing about homosexuality.” Directly speaking, this statement is true. While this claim really doesn’t matter (Jesus said nothing about rape either, but I firmly believe Jesus would declare it wrong) the claim is still played as a sort of trump card, saying that if Jesus didn’t mention it, then I am not going to believe it. Jesus may not have mentioned homosexuality, but in Matthew 19, Jesus sets a standard for marriage.

“He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?6 So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (ESV)

Jesus here sets a standard, for what marriage is. Jesus supports one sort of marriage and conversely does not support other forms of marriage. Christ here makes the same sort of statement that Cathy did this week. The people who believe Cathy is against homosexuality must by extension believe Christ is against Homosexuality. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. If my facts and logic here work, either you believe both Cathy and Christ are against Homosexuality or you believe neither are, there is not much of a middle ground.

If you disagree with my logic or facts here, please explain to me where I am wrong either in the comments, over facebook, or any other way you have to contact me! I would love to discuss this with you!


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