Christians need to “stop being wimps” and stand up for their faith and principles.
That was the opinion of Birmingham, Alabama-based author, columnist, contributor to The Atlantic, and cultural commentator Larry Alex Taunton in a Fox News Sunday editorial.
He indicated that the issue first arose when, in 2012, CNN asked him to appear and defend Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s public support of traditional marriage.
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Taunton referred to the public outcry and boycott of the popular restaurant chain as “bullying tactics,” wherein “diversity is celebrated as long as you toe the line of the radical left.”
When Christians enthusiastically responded to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s call for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” to counter the boycott, Taunton was surprised.
“Lines at the restaurant stretched for blocks,” he said. “This event marked the first time I could remember Christians fighting back rather than meekly submitting to the media and special interest bullies.”
But he also observed that not all evangelicals — even prominent ones — participated, including Barnabas Piper, son of prominent evangelical pastor John Piper.
Calling the “appreciation day” a “bold mistake,” Piper said that, “convictions, especially biblical ones, will divide people.”
Taunton was “stupefied” by Piper’s lack of conviction, asking “if you can’t be relied on to show up and order a combo meal in support of a company under attack for its commitment to Christian principles, when exactly can we count on you?”
The problem, he added, is that “evangelicals have confused Christ’s command to love others with being likable.”
Born in Fort Benning, Georgia, Taunton recalled his career soldier father calling this attitude, “candy-assed,” a phrase he used meaning it was less than manly.
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“The term fits the kind of Christianity that has infected the Church and sapped it of its vitality and strength,” Taunton wrote. “The expression might offend the sensibilities of some of my readers to which I can only say, it might fit you.”
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— Larry Alex Taunton (@LarryTaunton) March 13, 2017
Rather than being offended by the phrase he borrowed from his father, people of faith should be offended by the moral depths to which we have fallen.
“In the words of Ephesians 4:26, ‘Be angry and do not sin,’” he said.
“Evangelical Christians comprise a hefty 26 percent of the U.S. population,” Taunton observed. “I fully believe that if they were to find their voices, their courage, and were to dispense with candy-assed Christianity, that we would see a Great Awakening in America.”
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