Destiny Herndon-DeLaRosa

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Sinner, Sinner, Chicken Dinner

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

As I sit at my computer I wonder, how many Biblical rules have I broken today? I ask Google but can’t get a straight answer. How is this not a website yet, or at the very least an app? Type in your daily activity and get a handy printout of your hourly abominations.

The reason this question came to the forefront of my mind is because as I peruse Facebook this morning, all I see are pictures of people standing in long-wrap-around-the-building-down-the-street type lines at Chick-Fil-A’s everywhere. They are all there to show their support for Dan Cathy, the chain’s president, who a few weeks ago made a bold statement in support of traditional marriage. This is something, which Mr. Cathy believes so strongly in, he donates a good chunk of the company’s profits towards protecting it, which of course infuriated many same-sex marriage advocates. A boycott was organized. And then a sort of chicken-frenzy day was hatched to counter said boycott among Chick-Fil-A and traditional marriage supporters. Today, August 1st, is that day. In these Facebook pictures are many of my friends, my fellow Christians. We are usually so likeminded, but today our convictions differ I’m afraid.

I believe homosexuality is a sin. Not because I want to. Lord knows, I don’t want to. I have some of the most amazing gay friends and I ache that they are being denied the rights so many of my fellow believers constantly trample on and take for granted. I do not think it’s fair, but I do know what the Bible says about it. And as someone who has chosen the scriptures as a basis for how I live, I must give those scriptures the same merit I give all the others. However, I also know the Bible’s more than just the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Which brings me back to my original question. How many sins have I committed in the last 24-hours?

Rather than standing in line for chicken today I’ve decided to reflect on what it is that my fellow brethren might boycott, if given the chance, about me. Take the stake, or chicken friend steak as the case may be, out of my own eye.

My first confession, I like wine, like, a lot. I have four kids and let me tell you, some nights a bottle is not enough. In other words, Noah and I would have been great pals. Yet, Ephesians 5:18 clearly states, “do not get drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery.” Usually, it just leads to me watching numerous romantic comedies in a row and staying up way too late. Is that debauchery? I don’t know, but it certainly makes it a whole heck of a lot harder to pop out of bed before the sun rises like that Proverbs 31 wife everyone keeps going on and on about. Darn you, Meg Ryan! I should have known that adorable little pixie cut was the work of Satan’s minions! No wonder my stylist can never get it right. But I digress…

Another daily sin stake I see in my own eye is my temper. I usually pride myself on my patience… oh crap, pride’s one too, isn’t it? (Proverbs 8:13)… anyway, like I said above, with four kids, my normal laidback mellow mama mood is hard to hold onto sometimes. (Lying- Colossians 3:9) Fine, all the time. I snap. Like when the baby’s screaming in the backseat, the toddlers throwing cheerios into the front seat, and I just realized there’s a handful of melted M&M’s in my seat. Yeah, I lose my temper in some pretty biblical, tablet crushing, wall striking, Abel killing type proportions. So the whole thing James spouted about being “slow to become angry” usually only works until about 2pm for me. After that, all hell breaks loose around here.

Not to mention, around two is when I try to force at least a couple of my kids down for naps while the others quietly read. (Um, whoops, another lie – Ephesians 4:25) OK fine… they watch TV. Happy now? But by the afternoon, I just need some sort of adult time, even if it’s only over the phone with my best friend. We like to catch up, talk about what’s going on in the lives of those around us (Gossiping -1 Timothy 5:13), complain about our husbands (Bringing shame to our spouses- Proverbs 12:4), and rave about how great we’re doing on our diets (Dang it! Lying AGAIN?! Seriously?!? Revelations 21:8). Who knew I had such a problem with that one?

Anyway, back to Facebook I go (Laziness – Romans 12:11), and I begin to wonder, since many of my sins didn’t make Moses’ top ten either, does that mean they probably carry about the same weight as the verses on homosexuality? I may be wrong; I’m no Biblical scholar. However, I wonder if perhaps God allowed this whole controversy to happen so that we might be a bit more empathetic. We’ve all sinned and continue to on the daily. Mine are no better than anyone else’s (All sins are equal – Matthew 7:1-5), sometimes they’re just easier to keep hidden in the closet…. or bottle, or car, in my case.

I’ve only been reflecting a few minutes and already this soul searching has shown me what a cesspool I’m running on my own over here. I’m honestly surprised I can even see anyone else’s sin given all these stakes. At which point I think to myself, thank goodness no press releases will be sent out about me, because I’m pretty sure I’d have more boycotters than supporters today.