Aug 01, 2012 2:52 PM
Faith Driven Consumer Lisa Marks Todd shares her experience on August 1st at Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day
Like hundreds of thousands of people across America, I went to Chick-fil-A today to show my appreciation for a business that shares many of my values and to stand up for my First Amendment right to freedom of religion and expression without governmental interference.
When I arrived at 10:45 a.m. in the pouring rain of North Carolina, I found hundreds of others with smiling faces enjoying a tasty chicken meal with exceptional levels of customer service.
Here, I had two significant realizations during my visit:
First, I need to support businesses that share my values every day – and not just Chick-fil-A on August 1, 2012. I believe this is part of the call to be a good steward of my resources. As the number of businesses that share my values – and are willing to stand up for them – seems to dwindle, I need to faithfully support those businesses that do. This is true for eating out, back-to-school and Christmas shopping and everyday purchases – even if it means I drive a little further or do not shop at my favorite stores.
Second, I spent more than an hour in Chick-fil-A today, not waiting in line, but talking to other customers. Yes, I talked to total strangers in a fast food restaurant! And it was a genuinely enjoyable experience. There was a real sense of caring and fellowship with people smiling, sharing tables, helping others, having conversations and finding things they have in common. People were truly kind and loving toward strangers.
And then it hit me; this is the way we are supposed to live! As a Christian, I am commanded to love my neighbor as myself. This means not just the other Christians who are at Chick-fil-A today, but those who hold to differing worldviews and belief systems – including, and perhaps especially, the gay and lesbian activists and their allies who plan to protest at Chick-fil-A on Friday.
Given this, I believe we as Christians and Faith Driven Consumers need to be at Chick-fil-A again on Friday to not only show our support for Chick-fil-A but, more importantly, to demonstrate the love of Christ to those who mistakenly think we hate them. As Christians we are called to love our neighbors, so let’s be more proactive in how we show it.
I encourage all Christians who are Faith Driven Consumers to patronize Chick-fil-A again on Friday and demonstrate the warmth, kindness, and caring we experienced today – looking for what we have in common with those who disagree with our biblical values and loving them where they are.
Thank you, Dan Cathy, for speaking up about what you believe and helping me to examine what I believe and how I live that out.