Living a Christian life and suffering for it —Truett Cathy did not sell his soul…
(CUSA) – Truett Cathy was a believer.
He was a believer in Christ, a believer in the free market, and a believer in treating his employees like children of God. The latter he accomplished by keeping the Lord’s day holy and remaining closed on Sunday.
Dennis Lohouse returns to to cast the light of faith on the life a successful businessman who would not trade his belief to make money or to appease the world. He just provided a great product that people wanted and provided a witness to the truth of Christ. —Ed.
The faith journey in business: a choice we must make.
The founder of Chick-fil-A, Inc. passed away recently at the age of 93. S. Truett Cathy built his chicken business into a $5 billion, 39 state chain of restaurants.
Until recently, the media gave little notice them — until, of a family member made comments about the family’s support for traditional marriage. Suddenly the business was boycotted, the family vilified, and their religious beliefs became the subject of non-stop hate claims.
Imagine a family that plays out their deeply held Christian beliefs in the way they live their lives and the way they run their business. They gave their employees Sunday off to be with their families by closing on the Lord’s Day.
There is a tendency for people to put aside their religious beliefs in the business world. Whether it is fear of offending or some notion of diversity, many people of faith tuck their beliefs aside, sort of like hiding a cross or other religious symbol.
We live in a world of the easily offended! Political correctness has eroded our ability to speak truth because someone, somewhere, will take offense. In the midst of enormous pressure, we see in the Cathy family a group of people willing to live out their faith, their morals, their ethics in a public way.
There is no shame in making a profit or in providing a product or service that fills a need. There is also no rule that one cannot serve up a helping of God with a meal! Chick-fil-A was not a proselytizer but rather made up of quiet servants of their faith and good business people. These two activities are not mutually exclusive.
In an age when so many sell their souls to the company store, leaving their faith at the door, it is refreshing to see successful people humbly acknowledge their beliefs by actually living them out.
Truett Cathy wrote: “Each person’s destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice. It’s determined by what we say, what we do, and whom we trust.”
Every day we have a choice!