Man Apologizes to Rachel, the Chick-fil-a Worker

Earlier this week, I pointed to a video of a guy who protested Chick-fil-a on Wednesday by giving the “what for” to the girl working the drive-thru window at Chick-fil-a. He posted a video of the encounter on YouTube and lost his job as a result.

Since Wednesday, he’s thought better of how he spoke to the girl at the window. In the video above, he offers an apology and some clarifications. I couldn’t disagree more with his views, but it seems to me that this guy has done the right thing in apologizing publicly. The apology seems sincere and heartfelt.

For what it’s worth, I never liked the fact that this man lost his job. I understand why companies have such standards for their executives, and I understand why they probably did what they did from a business perspective. But I take no joy in the fact that this guy is now out of work with a young family to take care of. I hope and pray he finds another position soon.

(HT: Joe Carter)

9 Responses to Man Apologizes to Rachel, the Chick-fil-a Worker

  1. Adam Winters August 4, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    At the risk of sounding heartless and unforgiving, I’m glad he paid such a steep price for his public action. Anytime I see a man in a powerful position demean a young woman, I have very little sympathy for the consequences they must pay.

  2. David Thomas August 5, 2012 at 1:10 am #

    The sad thing is that he is still very, very wrong. I’m glad he feels badly (he should). But basically he suggests that just as he turned from his rage and inappropriate reaction toward someone he disagreed with, so Chick-Fil-A should /also/ turn.

    He has ironically bought into the lie that to disagree with someone is to hate them and rage against them–and he demonstrated that belief in his own behavior! Now that he’s come around, he needs to recognize something–not that Dan Cathy should emulate his “conversion,” but that Dan Cathy was /never hateful or raging in the first place/.

    There certainly are hateful homophobes out there that have violence in their hearts against homosexuals. That is sad. But at the same time, the radical proclamation of redemption in Christ is actually a word of peace spoken into the self-destructive /spiritual/ violence and self-destruction that IS the homosexual lifestyle. The words, “Repent and believe the gospel!” confront us, scandalize us, do violence to our waywardness–but they are the only true words of peace that a sinner can hear.

    • Tony Andreaccio August 5, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      Jesus was surrounded by mobs of people and yet we read of a seemingly irrelevant woman who touched his clothes. Jesus confronted her and made a very public event very personal to her. It’s interesting to see all of these stories in the news these days that show that God has not changed his method. He still makes it all very personal. Unbelievers are faced with believing the truth of what God says about marriage or believing the lie of homosexuality. This subject is a turning point not just for the country but for every person because our choices move us into a deeper relationship with God or harden our hearts to him. It’s not a battle over human rights it’s a battle for souls. This man isn’t angry about a chicken company speaking against homosexuality. The anger he has is a very deep and spiritual battle. He’s being confronted by Jesus. And as Christians it’s important to see that and respond appropriately. We must not abandon him – now that the enemy has used him and spit him out. And as for homosexuals, they are people whose sin so entangles their very existence that to them it is not an ‘act’ that can be stopped it is who they are. It is their very identity – as real as the color of their skin. The hatred and anger toward Chik-fil-A should therefore be understandable to all of us. Though we stand for truth we must do so with love. Don’t hate this guy. Pray for his soul and for all of those people who will never choose to know Jesus.

  3. Robert Pavich August 5, 2012 at 3:51 am #

    I don’t know….I’m not so sure that he’s “sorry” because now he’s in a pickle….you know how people are “sorry” after they get caught doing something?

    Not sure it’s not just that; trying to save face.

    I could be wrong.

  4. Jason B. Hood August 5, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Thank you for posting this, Denny.

    Based solely on my FB feed, his actions are more or less in line with the way many in his camp articulate their feelings. The evangelical side of my FB feed sometimes comes across irritated, but it’s never militant.

  5. Mitch Dean August 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Denny,

    It’s obvious that I’m very willing to call you out on the things on your blog that are (in my opinion) bad. So, I think it’s only fair and very important to tell you what a good thing I think you’ve done with this post.

    I have mentioned in previous comments that I’ve been disheartened by your use of your gifts of intelligence and writing ability. In this case though, I’m very encouraged to see you recognize publicly and tell your followers that disagreement need not mean that we advocate this person’s destruction. Posts like this are soothing salve for the divisive wounds of the “us v. them” construct that I’ve often spoken of.

    I do see that some of your supporters are ardent as ever saying that they’re happy about the guy losing his job and that he’s only sorry because he got caught. While it’s sad, I have to laugh at these shallow dolts and wonder how they expect to be any aid to the very christian endeavor of evangelism. I think these guys would do well to listen to the sentiments you express here. Otherwise, I cannot see a realistic way for them or any of your followers to become or assist others in becoming effective “fishers of men.”

    As I’ve said, to me, none of this is really about marriage, abortion or the specific issues you discuss on your blog. Rather, this is a larger question of whether men like you will be able to lead followers of your faith to live in a way that comports with your beliefs while peacefully coexisting with those who live and believe differently.

    Hope you’re having a good Sunday.

    Take care,
    Mitch

  6. Jeremy Crowder August 6, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I have sympathy for the man because he lost his job and has a family to support. I do though think it’s not just his actions that are wrong but his thinking. Dan Cathy has a right to his opinion and to donate to organisations he wants to donate. Many of the people going after Chik-Fil-A were not for gay marriage yet “evolved” on the issue. Many people supporting Chik-Fil-A have turned away from personal battles with sexual sin. The issue is not the stance it’s the freedom to have a position and not be ran out of business by government leaders. We need to be afraid of the government playing ideological favorites. It may be Christians today but who will it be tomorrow. The secular world I really think are not sensitive because they control much of the media, academia, and governments but they need to consider that could change.

  7. Jeff August 6, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Shockingly, it appears this guy has deeper issues (i.e. hates God) than just a passion for the supposed civil rights of the homosexual community.

    http://www.wakeus.com/?p=2436

    (I refer to the video, not the Craigslist post)

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