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[I have to make a major correction to this post. Apparently I misinterpreted the citation from Matthew. I took it to be a condemnation of self-righteousness, whereas it is actually a reassurance that those who are righteous will be rewarded. All I can say in my own defense is that I don’t read Greek. I’ll be more careful in the future. — JS]

The recent Chick-fil-A kerfuffle about homosexuality reminds me again that more Christians should have red-letter versions of the New Testament. There is, after all, a reason for those parts in red. I think they’d be surprised at what isn’t there, and especially what is there. Here’s a very a propos bit from Matthew:

5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

I’m happy to see that Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page now has, if not exactly an apology or a retraction, some serious back-pedalling:

The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 Restaurants run by independent Owner/Operators.  Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.

The posting goes on to talk about the many laudable ways in which the owning family applies their Christian values to the way their company operates. I have absolutely no quarrel with any of that, except to point out that those values are common to many other religious and ethical traditions.