The apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).
When we were kids the worst thing you could be called was ‘chicken’. It was worst than having to say “uncle” while some bully was twisting your arm. Chicken was a no-no! It spoke of being a coward or being unable to face difficulties. So “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
We would race two bicycles on a collision course and the first to turn away was called “Chicken”. Wanting to play touch football and not tackle was labeled “Chicken”. When offered a cigarette for the first time and when you refused you were “Chicken”. Not to jump your bike off of a two foot ramp you fell under the title of “Chicken”. So why did the chicken cross the road? We always said, “To get to the other side.” Well, why did the chicken stop in the middle of the road? She wanted to ‘Lay it on the line’.
A friend of mine sent me some interviews with various front line people and he asked them individually the question about the chicken and the road. Here is a portion of their answers.
Al Gore . . . “I invented the chicken so why should I be concerned?”
Pat Buchanan . . . “That chicken crossed the road to steal a job from a decent hardworking American!”
Nancy Grace . . . “That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty. You can see that clearly in his eyes and the way he walks.”
Martha Stewart . . . “No one called and warned me of which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the farmer’s market to sell my eggs when the price dropped below a certain level. No ‘little bird’ gave me any insider information.”
Bill Clinton . . . “I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What is your definition of ‘chicken’?”
Bill Gates . . . “I have just released ‘Chicken 2008”, which will not only cross roads, file your important documents but balance your check book.”
Colin Powell . . . “Look to the left side of the screen and you can clearly see the chicken crossing the road.”
Dr. Phil . . . “The problem we have here is that the chicken must first deal with problems on THIS SIDE of the road. He must take on the current problems before he faces new ones.”
Anderson Cooper (CNN) . . . “We have reasons to believe that there is a chicken. But we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.”
Oprah . . . “The chicken is having problems. That’s why he wants to cross the road. I’m going to give this chicken a car where he can drive across the road and not have to live his life like the rest of the chickens.”
George W. Bush . . . “We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know is the chicken is on our side or not. That bird is either for us or against us.”
John Kerry . . . “I first voted to let the chicken cross the road . . . But now I am against any such movement. I was misled by the chicken’s intentions. It was the wrong road to cross anyway.”
I want to thank my friend for giving me the views of the experts. The next time you see a chicken cross the road you may want to consult the answers of those who are the leading voices of Americans.
The opposite to the term ‘chicken’ is courage. One who has a purpose in crossing the road and facing the dangers it brings. One who is willing to put themselves on the line even when others are either too lazy or careless to make the journey.
Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole worlds (cross the road) and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul” (Matthew 8: 34-37).
The year was A.D. 33 and the prisoner, guilty of murder and insurrection, was waiting his execution. It would be by crucifixion. He was the son of a Rabbi, but his early teachings did nothing for him in his later years.
Suddenly a squad of soldiers made unwelcome sounds in the catacomb like darkened hallways. The heavy metal door swung open. The prisoner whimpered and cried, “I’m not ready, I’m not ready!!” Then the booming voice of the Centurion said, “Unlock his chains and set him free!” They dragged the unbelieving man to the exit and throw him in the dust of the road. A crowd was coming and a man in the middle was bearing a cross. One of the jailers returned and said, “It is true Barabbas, you were pardoned, the man called Jesus is taking your place. That day he witnessed the innocent dying while the guilty was set free. “He that believeth in me has everlasting life” (John 6:47).
Note: I am wondering what Nancy Pelosi, President Trump, Sean Hannity would say about the “chicken”? What do you think? Love to hear from you!