The Lord delights in those who choose to honor and obey Him in all things. Even though the world may hate us, they do so because they hated Him first. You may not expect to find this truism evidence in chicken sandwiches, but hey, God shows his power in mysterious ways, amen?
When we fear God, not man, He is faithful to carry us through trials great and small. While there are certainly more serious examples of Christian perseverance to consider, one can’t ignore the saga of Chick-fil-A in the years since pro-LGBT advocates launched a boycott of the popular fast-food restaurant.
In spite of ongoing boycotts prompted by CEO Dan Cathy’s notorious statement on his personal beliefs regarding God’s design for marriage and the company’s practice of donating to despised groups like Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, Chick-fil-A has not only survived but thrived.
According to Life Site, Chick-fil-A’s sales have doubled since Cathy’s 2012 remarks:
Chick-fil-A enjoys tremendous success and an overwhelmingly positive reputation due to its service as well as its charitable bent and volunteerism during tragedies and disasters. Furthermore, for all the “anti-LGBT” branding, many homosexual employees and customers have attested to positive, welcoming experiences with Chick-fil-A.
Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN) ranked Chick-fil-A as the nation’s third largest restaurant chain in July, and an analysis by Restaurant Business shows the company’s system sales steadily climbing from $4.6 billion in 2012 (the year Cathy’s position on same-sex “marriage” went public) to more than twice that amount in 2018 at $10.5 billion – potentially indicating that part of the chain’s success stems from Christian and conservative Americans’ desire to reward the chain for its values and rebuke its attackers.
“Can they reach $30 billion? I think that’s also a realistic goal if you give them enough time. And that should put them ahead of Starbucks,” Kalinowski Equity Research founder Mark Kalinowski said.
Hilariously enough, even ardent boycotters find themselves so drawn to the chain’s exceptional food that they literally can’t help but eat it and are resorting to copycat recipes to satisfy their Chick-fil-A cravings.
“The only ones who seem to have any kind of beef with the wildly popular chicken restaurant are a minivan-size group of squeaky extremists on the far left,” Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton said of Chick-fil-A boycotters. “They’ve concluded that Chick-fil-A is bigoted without the slightest bit of evidence – only that their founders believe in natural marriage. Their position sits very well with the rest of us.”
So, if all the loving, tolerant progressives in the nation aren’t powerful enough to slow down a fast-food chain, why should any of us fear leftist “cancel culture”? Be bold, saints! Serve God, not men!
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