Thursday, August 02, 2012

Once More on Chick-fil-A

Well, Aug 1, Chick-fil-A (CFA) appreciation day is in the history books (so to speak). I didn't make it by a CFA and don't have any feelings about it. I have seen many posts from friends that waited for long periods of times and nobody seemed to get angry or behave rudely.

Just a few observations--

Maybe if you know that everybody around you has the same moral beliefs as you do, it's easier to behave civilly. I wonder if we could manage to be as polite the next time we're waiting to renew our driver's license or sitting in a doctor's waiting room. And don't try to tell me that it depends on everybody else's behavior or attitudes; you alone are responsible for being polite or being a jerk. 

While there were obviously many that showed their support of CFA and the beliefs of the Cathys, I wonder how many made the opposite decision--the decision that rather than avoiding them for a day, they will never (or never again) patronize them. I know that there are many. I just don't know how many. And for the record, the problem they seem to have isn't with the expression of what they believe, it's with the financial support they give to anti-gay organizations and lobbyists.

Now that we've established a large block of conservative believers, many which claim to be born again believers, how might we mobilize them to tell the world (gays included) of the love and grace that is found in Jesus? I'm not asking them to give money in support of any social position. I'm not asking them to campaign for any legislation. I'm not even asking them to go anywhere or to target a specific group of people. Just tell the story. Maybe the next time you're in a line and people (other people, of course) are getting aggravated you can be reminded to share the story of Jesus and his love and sacrifice.

I'm sure that CFA will continue to be a successful business. But even with a successful business there are usually far more people that don't patronize you than people that are regular customers. I don't think that CFA wants to limit their business to Christian patrons, but they may have taken steps to do just that. While CFA Appreciation Day may have been a huge one day success, I don't think that Gov. Huckabee did the Cathy family any long term favors.

Just a few observations...

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

Gov. Huckabee turned going to Chik-Fil-a from merely getting lunch to a political act.

Mike said...

Any business person that gets involved in politics is just dumb.

John said...

Corporations are people my friend.

Sicilian said...

The company does a lot of things right. I think they have the customer service thing down pat. I give them 10 out of 10 for customer service.
The company has a great product.
The company hires outstanding people.
The company sponsors outstanding leadership events.

On the down side we have now a company with all those positives choosing to make a social statement. I am glad that we live in a country where they can give their opinion, but it doesn't mean I have to agree.

I will continue to have my waffle fries on occassion, but I don't support their political views.