Whose Values?

As I stood in line today at a Kansas City Chick-fil-A, I thought about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s criticism of Dan Cathy and the fast food chain’s values “are not Chicago values.”  It took about 25 minutes to get inside the store.  And maybe another 10-15 to get my food.  So, I had time to observe.  Here’s what I saw.

Young people and old people.  Business folks. Mothers with kids. Retirees.  A racial and ethnic mixture.  People were polite.  Friendly. No one was grumbling.  It seemed folks were even more patient and courteous than normal during a long wait.  While the Chick-fil-A staff was working at a hectic pace, they served you with a smile.  When thanked for their good service and kind demeanor, they responded with their trademark “my pleasure.”

I saw a couple of people reading their Bibles.  I heard a man give thanks at their booth for the food.  I saw a cross-section of decent folks.  No one was carrying signs of protest.  No one was wearing T-shirts with ugly epithets.  I didn’t hear slurs against any group of people.  The crowd was orderly.

Obviously, I don’t know the value system of everyone that bought chicken today.  But I liked what I saw today.  I like the business practices of Dan Cathy.  I like the folks I’ve known who are owner-operators and the young people who work there.  And I’m glad by all accounts the chicken chain had record-breaking sales across the country.

As for Chicago’s values?  Cal Thomas raised some good questions.  “Are Chicago values represented by the anti-Semitic firebrand Louis Farrakhan with whom Emanuel is going to partner in hopes of reducing the number of homicides in his city?   (NBC News just reported that Chicago has a higher murder rate than Mexico City, New York or Los Angeles! ) Are Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic and anti-gay sentiments somehow more palatable, more of value, than Dan Cathy’s support of marriage and family?”

By the way, I know some good people who live in Chicago, and I believe they would disagree with the Mayor on that.

Of course, the issue is not about chicken, politics, or economics.  Sure it has to do with freedom of speech.  And the right of a CEO to express his personal beliefs.  But on a deeper level, this ruckus speaks to the culture war going on in our country.  We are in a battle over values.

Several years ago Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister of Britain was in New York City and spoke at a banquet.  She talked about many of the concerns in today’s world.  She said, “Just a note about your moral decay.  It should be no secret that you have such troubles.  Your founders believed you should be one nation under God, and now so many of you are committed to eliminating God from your life.”

Whose values?  Ultimately it’s a personal decision.  As for me, I recommend the book called “the Bible.”  And the man named Jesus who was called “the Christ.”  Whose Values?  The choice is yours!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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11 responses to “Whose Values?

  1. Murray

    Ken, first of all, thank you for this thought provoking blog.
    Secondly, as you know I am a Chick-fil-A owner/operator and I am about to open a new store on the outskirts of Chicago. The support that we saw yesterday was humbling. It was a historic day for us at CFA as we set a single days sales record. Thanks to all of you who came out and waited in line. To God be the glory.
    My family’s choice: To serve the Lord.

    BTW… The stores in Chicago (including downtown) had massive sales. Several of those stores had 150% increases in sales!

  2. Betty J Rhodes

    I admire the way you are are always ready to exercise your Freedom of Speech with wonderful Christian Lessons!

  3. Billie

    DITTO FROM OKC. LOT OF FOLKS AT CHICK-FIL-A AFTER BIBLE STUDY WED NIGHT. YOU COULD JUST TELL BY THEIR CLOTHES, MANOR, ETC. THEY DID RUN OUT OF CAL’S PEACH SHAKE AS WE FINALLY GOT TO THE COUNTER.

    • Interesting observation. Too bad about the Peach shake…it is delicious!

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

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      • Bobby Jones

        Ken good as usual, I have come to expect nothing but good from you. I found almost the identical atmosphere at the CF we visited in Bradenton. I have read so many posts on this event, and it has alarmed me the posts on some other sites that have said the things they have said from those claiming to be brothers in Christ. Their is much I have to say on this issue, but feel there is not enough room here. This issue has special meaning to me since I have to deal with it because of the practice of relatives, thank the Lord not my immediate family. It has been said that the Gays look at our actions as hate, I don’t hate them but I do hate the deeds of the Gays, I hate the deeds of murderers, thieves, liars, etc. At one time in my life God hated my deeds also just as he hated the deeds of the Apostle Paul at one time. A passage comes to mind, one of the things the Lord found in favor of the church at Ephesus was their hate for the deeds of the Nicolaitans as did the Lord. I also hope the Lord finds this in my favor some day. I will leave any vengance to the Lord. My hope and prayer is that they will come to know and obey God before it is too late. This is even deeper than expressing our religuous beliefs as Mr. Cathy did, but it involves our right in this country o frrely express our beliefs, a right we have come to love and maybe take for granted. What if an elected offical were to here of a sermon, maybe even by you Ken, and said you were no longer accepted in that community. I have only overviewed my thoughts on this, but I will stop for now.

      • Thank you, Bobby! I appreciate your kind word. And also your thoughtful comments. Very good, and very true.

        Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

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  4. ralph ruggiero

    What an awakening! I hope we people whe continue this peaceful stancr to express our views.

  5. Trula

    Was that our new Chick-Fil-A in LS you were standing in line at? :) I am enjoying following your posts!

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