'Chicken Sandwich'

Terry Walton


A Tennessee man is suing the fast-food chain, Popeyes for running out of its new, popular chicken sandwiches.  Craig Barr, of East Ridge, wrote in a summons filed Wednesday that he is suing the restaurant for “false advertising, deceptive business practices by entity to public.  Countless time wasted driving to and from Popeyes…No chicken sandwich.  Was told to come back this day –still no sandwich.”

“I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind.  I can’t think straight,” Barr told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  “It just consumes you.”  He blew a tire on a trip to Popeyes and cracked a $1500 rim.  When he arrived at Popeyes…still no sandwich.  He’s suing for $5000. (AJC, September 2, 2019)

Seriously?  Unfortunately, the world we live in is populated with ‘entitled people’People who think they are the center of the universe…every day in every way.  There is such a need for grace that is lived forth in gracious ways in this community, country and world. 

In a Richard Rohr meditation, he recently wrote: “We know the universe is old, large, dynamic and interconnected.  It is about 13.8 billion years old…Our home, planet Earth, far from being the center of the universe, revolves around the Sun, a medium-sized star near the edge of a medium-sized galaxy, the Milky Way, which contains about 200 billion stars.  The Milky Way is about 100,000 light years in diameter…Furthermore, it is one of the 100 billion galaxies in the universe.  We do not appear to be the center of anything.  And yet by faith, we trust that we are.” (Richard Rohr, A New Cosmology, August 26, 2019)

It is one thing, my friends, to be the center of God’s love.  It is quite another thing to be the center of our own self-esteemed universe.  In one center there is found grace and love…in another, there is found want and aggravation.  Where are we centered?

Jesus did say “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Mark 12:31) but even this great command for life must be set forth from an even higher command articulated by Jesus when he said, “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)

I enjoy Popeyes Fried Chicken and yes their drive thru is not the fastest ‘fast-food’ lane.  Like all fast-food restaurants, they are not perfect…But suing them over a missing sandwich?  I’m praying for Mr. Barr to get happy and to be able to think straight…in his soul not just in his tummy.

Always Thinking…

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