A popular US-based fast food restaurant has been in caught up in a fire-storm of protests over the past four years, because the Cathay family — who own Chick-fil-A — are devout Christians and stated publicly that marriage was between a man and a woman.
In a 2012 interview with the Biblical Recorder, Chick-fil-A’s Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathay said “we are very much supportive of the family – the Biblical definition of the family unit.”
That statement and their financial support of family organizations sparked nation-wide protests by gay activists.
However, the protests fell flat as sales at Chick-fil-A restaurants rose by 12% in 2012. So far, the restaurant chain has rather successfully weathered the storm.
But things took an ominous turn recently after Chick-fil-A announced it would be opening a third restaurant in New York City. It launched the first one in 2015 and obviously they have done very well sprouting two more restaurants in less than a year.
Chick-fil-A’s arrival caught the attention of the city’s political ruling caste. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council recently called for a city-wide boycott of Chick-fil-A.
According to Fox News columnist Todd Starnes, New York councilman Daniel Dromm, who founded the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, issued a statement saying the chain is “forcing their employees and volunteers to adhere to a policy that prohibits same-sex love.”
However, as Starnes points out though the restaurant owners believe marriage is between a man and a woman, Chick-fil-A treats its employees and customers equally and respectfully whether they are gay or not.
The issue is not how Chick-fil-A treats gay people, it is about one issue — the Cathay family does not affirm gay marriage.
But despite the resistance, Chick-fil-A continues to thrive because it produces a quality product. Last year, the American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Chick-fil-A as the top fast food restaurant in America.
It was an impressive accomplishment since it was the first time Chick-fil-A had been included in this nation-wide survey and this was also the highest score a restaurant had ever received.
Starnes points out like previous protests the one called for by the New York’s ruling élite is failing as noon-time line ups for Chick-fil-A in that city continue to spread down the block.
However, there is an ominous warning here.
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John spoke of a coming day when Christians would be unable to do business unless they take the mark of the beast. It is uncertain at this point what that involves.
And he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:17 NASV)
Though it is one thing for activists to denounce Christians and try to interfere with their business, it is entirely a different matter when government officials try to hinder sales. But still they are not stopping Chick-fil-A from selling its product they are only trying to rally New Yorkers for a boycott.
Since boycotts do not stop Christians from from buying and selling, something else needs to happen in order for John’s prophecy to come to pass.
At some future time, will governments legally stop Christians from operating a business simply because of what they believe?