Practicing Christianity inside the walls of the church is one thing. In fact, it’s probably the easiest place to act “Christ-like.” Practicing Christianity in the secular workplace is an altogether different thing. The following story is about a company who has refused to compromise their Christian principles, regardless of what the world says.
Chick-fil-A has grown to be the largest chicken chain in America. Some would say it’s the food. Others would point to its clever advertising. (Let’s face it, there is something appealing about seeing a cow beg you to “Eat Mor Chikin.”) But, Founder Truett Cathy had a different view. He declared that the secret of his success was the company’s high quality of people and their attention to customer service.
How did they begin to attract such people? Truett said it all went back to Chick-fil-A being closed on Sundays. Truett believed everyone should have a day off a week – for church, rest, or to enjoy family. Restaurant professionals appreciate that lifestyle and were (and still are) attracted to the company. Accordingly, Chick-fil-A has attracted outstanding teams – many industry experts will say its people are the best in the food industry.
And what do the employees say? In an industry known for its high turnover (50% annual turnover for managers is not unusual), Chick-fil-A experiences a turnover of just 3%. “It was not hard to decide to close on Sunday,” said Truett Cathy. Dan Cathy, President and COO of the company, says, “Jesus Christ did not die for a company, He died for individuals, personally.” The company wants to operate on Biblical principles and acknowledge the Lord in all ways.
Now, that’s what I call putting the Lord first, even in business!