All Day, Chick-fil-A!

By | August 1, 2012

Today is Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Mike Huckabee started the campaign, explaining in part:

I have been incensed at the vitriolic assaults on the Chick Fil-A company because the CEO, Dan Cathy, made comments recently in which he affirmed his view that the Biblical view of marriage should be upheld. The Cathy family, led by Chick Fil-A founder Truett Cathy, are a wonderful Christian family who are committed to operating the company with Biblical principles and whose story is the true American success story. Starting at age 46 Truett Cathy built Chick Fil-A into a $4 billion a year enterprise with over 1600 stores. At 91, he is still active in the company, but his son Dan runs it day to day as CEO.It’s a great American story that is being smeared by vicious hate speech and intolerant bigotry from the left.

The Chick Fil-A company refuses to open on Sundays so that their employees can go to church if they wish. Despite the pressure from malls, airports, and the business world to open on Sundays, they still don’t. They treat customers and employees with respect and dignity.

I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.

For our family, Chick-fil-A has always been a favorite, but when Mr. Cathy made his statement, and the left came out boycotting Chick-fil-A, it became our goal to eat Chick-fil-A whenever we decided to have fast food.  For today, we decided that all of our meals would be Chick-fil-A.
It had been my goal to get up and take the kids to breakfast, but with it being summer, they are in the habit of sleeping later. Foregoing breakfast, we decided to meet up with a friend for lunch.

Janell Edwards, Owner
Chick-fil-A # 1090

One of the Chick-fil-A locations we frequent for lunch is in a very busy shopping center, and is always busy, so we decided to go early, knowing that today would be even busier for the Appreciation Day. We arrived at Chick-fil-A, Restaurant Number 1090 in The Forum Shopping Center in Selma, Texas at 11am, and there was already a long line. We sent the kids to play on the playground, and we took turns ordering food. While waiting for my food, I overheard two ladies discussing how they were going to get all of their food to the car, as they had to park a good distance from the restaurant. I told them I would be more than happy to help them with their food, and we struck up a conversation. They told me that they had a lot of to-go orders for their office, and explained that their boss had bought Chick-fil-A for lunch for the entire office. I told Robin to be sure and tell her boss at Technos Corporation THANK YOU! To know that another businessman is stepping up to not only support Chick-fil-A, but to treat his employees to lunch as well is heartwarming!
UPDATE:After emailing Robin to share this article with her, both she and, Mike Nelson, a salesman with Technos, emailed me back. Mike enclosed two pictures, saying:”Robin and the other 54 employees at Technos certainly enjoyed their Chick-Fil-A lunch today! (see pics)”.  I would like to personally thank Philip Neal, the owner of Technos, for treating his employees to a wonderful Chick-fil-A lunch! God bless you, sir!
By this time, the lines were out the door. You literally had to turn sideways to move through the crowd, yet no one was cranky or out of hand. All around people were talking with each other, telling why today was so important to them.
Another lady that was standing by us, waiting for her food, said it was nice to see Christians finally starting to stand up for their rights. She talked about how everyone talks about tolerance, yet no one wants to tolerate our Christian views.
One lady spoke up loud enough for everyone inside the restaurant to hear, thanking all of the Chick-fil-A employees, telling them they were doing a great job! A round of applause went up from all around the restaurant.
It truly was like  a huge family reunion. You may not have known the person next to you, but you talked to them. There were nothing but smiles all around, as people helped other people they did not know. When a drink re-fill was needed, other customers helped pass the cups back and forth. When a pregnant lady was obviously exhausted from waiting in line, she was offered a chair to sit at a table where others were dining.
We met a group of men who have Bible Study at a Harley Davidson shop every Wednesday morning, and part of their group was there, supporting Chick-fil-A’s stand. One man in the group, Tim, has never eaten at Chick-fil-A. He told us he doesn’t even like chicken, but is supporting them because of the stand they have taken. Allan, another gentleman in the group, brought tears to my eyes as he prayed over their lunch! His voice was strong and mighty, proclaiming God’s Word, and praying against the evil forces coming against Chick-fil-A and our nation.
Our friend was in line by a lady who was buying food in honor of her friends who are in Iraq, saying that though their friends would not be able to enjoy the food with them, they would eat it for dinner tonight.
There were many amazing moments as we sat there for a little more than 2 hours, but the most amazing moment of all was when a young man in his mid-20’s walked out, lifting his voice as he exited, proclaiming:
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall forever be on my lips.”
Psalm 34:1

As he walked through the last exit door, all you could hear was a resounding, “AMEN!”

When we left, people were lined up outside almost to the Drive-Through line on one side, and just about that long on the other side. There were cars backed up almost to the access road of the freeway on one side, and around 2 other restaurants, waiting to get into Chick-fil-A’s driveway. We saw people walking from all four corners, having parked in other parking lots, but walking to Chick-fil-A.

Lunch was absolutely amazing! I cannot wait to see what happens at dinner!

Chick-fil-A, ALL DAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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