Chick-fil-A founder and CEO Samuel Truett Cathy is a Christian.  It permates all that he does.  On his personal web-page he has a link to his “Five–Step recipe for Business Success“.  How’s this for #5:


“I was not so committed to financial success that I was willing to abandon my principles and priorities. One of the most visible examples of this is our decision to close on Sunday. Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and of directing our attention to things that mattered more than our business.”

  • Chick-fil-A is the only major fast-food restaurant chain to be closed on Sundays, one of the busiest days of the week in the restaurant business. Despite being closed on Sundays, Truett Cathy has led Chick-fil-A on an unparalleled record of 40 consecutive years of sales increases, with its core free-standing restaurants achieving higher sales per unit in six days (with shorter operating hours) than most major chains in the industry.

More than once his Christian belief’s have been the catalyst for controversy.  The latest attack against his buisness was  fueled by blogs and online petitions from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community surrounding food donation from two Philadelphia Chick-fil-A locations to a Pennsylvania Family Institute marriage seminar*.

“Tolerance” seems to be one of our cultures central values.  I have often found it interesting that the very people that claim to desire tolerance, are the very people least likely to be tolerant of opposing views.

If you were the president of Chick-fil-A, how would you respond to this conroversy?

Have you found in you own life that your sometimes hesitant to share your core beliefs because of a fear of being labeled “intolerant”?

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2 thoughts on “Chick-fil-A anyone?

  • February 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Interesting post. When I have more time I would like to read the suggested articles. Meanwhile, I am completely guilty of being hesitant to share my core beliefs in fear of others opinions. I am definitely encouraged by those christians who stand up for their beliefs and I pray that when placed in those situations, I would be bold and speak truth. I have no idea what I would do if I were in his position…maybe just avoid it and keep my head to grown plowing and working hard, but I hope that the CEO responds authentically.

    Apostle Paul speaks of being unashamed of the gospel, which when you unpack what the gospel contains that is a statement that carries a lot of responsilibilty. If we lived in light of the fullness of the gospel, we would see an even greater divided culture, but especially a Christian culture that stands firm in the truth of Christ when faced with whatever opposition.

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