Standing up to Big Chicken

Standing up to Big Chicken

We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you. – 2 Corinthians 10:13

2 Corinthians 11:2-4

 2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband – Christ.

 3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.

 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

Chick-fil-A is standing up to Big Chicken. For over 25 years, Chick-fil-A has used cows as their bovine spokespersons in its advertisements. Their slogan “Eat Mor Chikin” sets them apart from other fast-food chains which serve mainly hamburgers. Chick-fil-A is by far the largest poultry-based fast food chain in America. In 2019, Chick-fil-A posted more than $11 billion in domestic sales. Its total sales were nearly triple those of both KFC and Popeyes combined.

Chick-fil-A has sued 16 chicken producers, including giants Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms, alleging they conspired to keep prices artificially high. They inflated prices for billions of dollars of its chicken purchases, which in turn had to be passed on to the customers. The company alleges that producers colluded to inflate prices after the chain’s 2014 announcement that by 2019, it would only sell chicken not treated with antibiotics. In recent months other companies, like Aldi supermarkets and Campbell Soup, joined the ranks of buyers battling chicken producers in court.

According to Chick-fil-A, the suppliers violated federal antitrust laws when they shared confidential bidding and pricing information with one another by phone and text messages (Neil Vigdor, www.nytimes.com).

Undaunted, by no means will Big Chicken, “chicken out.” Perdue Farms’ spokeswoman, Andrea Staub, firmly asserted, “We believe these claims are unfounded and plan to contest the merits.” America will undoubtedly be witness to the most egregious cockfight in history.

Somehow the idea of standing up to Big Chicken intrigued me. The phrase itself is somewhat oxymoronic and a tad humorous, whimsical, even outrageous.

When necessary, children of the King must take a stand no matter how big the opponent may be. Developing the skill to stand up for yourself and your faith is a way of ensuring other people respect you. They are more likely to hesitate, if not halt any attempts to push you around or manipulate you. Remember, water follows the course of least resistance.

REFLECT & PRAY

1 Peter 5:12 My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace.

Father give me the wisdom to know when to take a stand, and then the courage to stand firm upon the principles and truth of the Word of God.

INSIGHT

In the early church, opponents of the truth but often colluded to bring harm to the body of Christ. Deceivers and false teachers were rampant. Paul as an apostle was required to stand up to them. The book of 2 Corinthians provides several cameos of what went on.

2 Corinthians 11:4-20

 4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ.

 19 After all, you think you are so wise, but you enjoy putting up with fools!

 20 You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face.

The children of the King were being led astray from purity of devotion to the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. They were gullible, taken in, and then ruthlessly taken advantage of. They caved into false teachers. They thought themselves wise, enlightened, open, compliant, accommodating, tolerant, even benevolent. Today, perhaps they would have considered themselves “woke.” But rather than growing stronger in their faith and walking closer to the Father, they were being deceived, seduced, and led astray.

In fact rather than being wise they were fools. The oft-repeated pejorative aphorism “suffer fools gladly” comes from the KJV rendering of the first half” of 2 Corinthians 11:19 (Baker). “Calling these gullible Corinthians ‘wise’ is scathingly sarcastic. They, of course, are the fools who are embracing fools so heartily” (Baker).

Paul was confrontive and discloses the true source of the deception that energized the false teachers. Paul did not shrink back or mince words. It was the enemy, Satan himself.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 13 These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ.

 14 But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

 15 So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.

It was way past time for the Corinthians to stand up and resist. They needed to fight the Big Chicken of their day. They should not allow themselves to be enslaved by false teachers and be taken advantage of.

2 Corinthians 11:19-20

 19 After all, you think you are so wise, but you enjoy putting up with fools!

 20 You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face.

“The Corinthians considered themselves unusually wise, but they were being unusually foolish by not only humoring the fools in their midst but doing so gladly. They were absurdly tolerant. They submitted to the teaching of the false apostles even though it resulted in their own enslavement” (Constable).

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” (Albert Einstein).

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