CLOSED ON SUNDAY

Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you.

EXODUS 31:14

Can a business have a Christian testimony without ever saying a word? Absolutely.
 
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc., is America’s second-largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain. The company’s stated corporate purpose is “to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us, and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” This company is a great example of a business that is modeling Christian values and producing a quality product in the competitive fast-food industry. Chick-fil-A is one of the fastest-growing chains nationally, currently with over two billion dollars in annual sales.
 
One of the defining distinctions of Chick-fil-A is that the restaurants are not open on Sundays. From the time Truett Cathy, the company’s founder, started in the restaurant business in 1946, he believed that God wanted him to honor the Sabbath by keeping the stores closed on Sundays. Although shopping mall operators challenged him on this idea many times, Truett always held that he would “have more sales in six days than those who are open for seven.” This has proven to be true, and today the malls no longer hassle the company to remain open on Sunday.
 
When you go to a Chick-fil-A restaurant, you can tell something is different about the people and the atmosphere there. The messages in the company’s kids’ meals always reinforce education, values and integrity. Although the employees do not wear their faith on their sleeve, the fruit of the company is known by many—especially the many young restaurant employees who receive educational scholarships each year. The company also focuses on foster homes, character-building programs for kids, and other community services.
 
I have spoken at Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters several times and have met with Truett and his son, Dan. The appearance of their headquarters conveys their values—a sense of quality without extravagance.
 
What type of message is your life or company preaching?

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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