Last week Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy created a firestorm when he gave an interview to the Biblical Recorder, the Baptist state paper for North Carolina. In the interview, Dan Cathy stated the goal of the company is to follow biblical principles, including the principle of marriage.
In a day when CEOs (like Target, JC Penney, Nabisco, and General Mills) appear to be lining up to see who can be the biggest supporter of same-sex marriage, Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A are an anomaly.
But, Chick-fil-A has always been this way. Truett Cathy founded the company at age 46 and built the company to $4 billion in sales with 1600 stores nation wide. At 91, he is still active in the company. The Cathy family simply wants to treat people the way Jesus did.
It’s certainly hard not to respect Chick-fil-A. They close on Sundays to allow their employees to go to church if they wish. They provide a great product with great service. I truly believe they mean it when they say, “My pleasure” in response to my thank you.
I love their chicken and their service, but I respect the way they seek to live biblical principles.
This is what Dan Cathy said in the interview: “We are very much supportive of the family–the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
As you might expect, gay rights advocates are calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-A. I like Governor Mike Huckabee’s suggestion. He has asked people to drop by Chick-fil-A on August 1. He isn’t asking people to make signs or anything else, just drop by and have a sandwich. BTW, the chargrilled chicken sandwich is lower in calories and really good. That’ll be my order August 1.
We all understand we are in a huge conflict for our future. Would you pray for godly business people? They are under tremendous pressure. Thank God for those who put their biblical faith over financial pressure.
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