Bibles and chicken sandwiches are at the forefront of everyone’s mind today as heated discussions emerge across the map following Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s anti-gay admission.
In a new interview with Baptist Press, Cathy said, “We don’t claim to be a Christian business. There is no such thing as a Christian business.” He continued, “Christ never died for a corporation. He died for you and me. In that spirit … [Christianity] is about a personal relationship. Companies are not lost or saved, but certainly individuals are.”
Cathy added, “But as an organization we can operate on biblical principles. So that is what we claim to be. [We are] based on biblical principles, asking God and pleading with God to give us wisdom on decisions we make about people and the programs and partnerships we have. And He has blessed us.”
“All throughout the New Testament there is an evangelism strategy related to our performance in the workplace…Our work should be an act of worship. Our work should be our mission field. As long as we are stateside, let’s don’t think we have to go on mission trips by getting a passport…If you’re obedient to God you are going to be evangelistic in the quality of the work you do, using that as a portal to share [Christ],” he said in the interview.
Equality Matters reported on July 2, 2012 that the company donated over $3 million to organizations like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009. In 2010 alone, Chick-fil-A donated over $1.9 million to anti-gay causes, more than any other year for whichpublic records are available.
The company’s website states: Cathy built his life and business based on hard work, humility and biblical principles. Based on these principles, all of Chick-fil-A’s restaurants operate with a “Closed-on-Sunday” policy, without exception.
Regarding the “traditional family” and Chick-fil-A’s support of anti-gay legislature, Cathy expressed, “Well, guilty as charged. 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 of February 2012, there are more than 1,605 Chick-fil-A restaurants in 39 states and Washington, D.C.