Two columns ago (BUYcott Chick-Fil-A and fight the GayStapo!), I denounced the bullying hypocrisy of the Left and urged Patriots to support Chick-Fil-A. As it happened, this restaurant chain broke its sales record. It has been said that the threats by Obama’s chums were the only real stimulus of his government—apart from guns and ammo. Not surprisingly, the Leftmedia refused to cover this (“What leftist bias?”, they plaintively cry.)
More surprisingly, Republican nominee Governor Romney refused to support Chick-Fil-A. One would think that he or his Republican establishment advisers would realize that support for traditional marriage is far stronger than support even for Republicans, let alone for the vocal gay “marriage” crowd. Real marriage even won in leftist California. And it overwhelmingly won in North Carolina, much to the annoyance of its Democratic governor, who decided that her voters were beneath her.
The marriage issue seems to have finally shaken the blinders off the eyes of some black pastors about the anti-Christian bigotry of the President. Most of us wondered what took them so long—the Left and the Democrats have always been poison to the black community, while conservative policies benefit blacks. But you wouldn’t know that if you listened only to Republican leaders who have made futile pandering into an art form.
Christianity and businesses
Many well-meaning Christian leaders have claimed that Christians should not be involved with politics. But as Obamacare shows, politicians are increasingly becoming involved with the Church, forcing it to fund practices it finds abhorrent. Also, the opponents of Christianity can take advantage of this attitude simply by declaring more and more issues as “politics,” so that Christian ideas have an ever-dwindling influence.
This is increasingly so with economic issues. At one time, the Church regarded stealing as a sin. Now, increasingly, it condones stealing as long as it has a majority vote in Congress.
However, the fine economist and columnist Dr. Walter Williams pointed out that the capitalist economics is not only a matter of effectiveness, but also the right thing to do, so something Christians should support:
“I praise laissez-faire capitalism as being the most moral and most productive system man has ever devised. Capitalism is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.”
Conversely, a number of soi-disant churchian leaders have advocated leftist economic policies, including Obama’s communist-supporting spiritual adviser Jim Wallis. Yet this has produced the worst in people. It’s not so well known that the Pilgrims who settled in America in 1620 tried a form of socialized agriculture, where the produce was divided equally. The result was near extinction through starvation, because this system brought out people’s selfish and lazy natures. They complained:
“that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children without any recompense. The strong, or man of parts, had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak.”
So Governor Bradford, after consultation with leading Pilgrims, instituted the more biblical system of private property—he “assigned to every family a parcel of land.”
Economic historian Burt Folsom writes in America’s First Experiment with Socialism:
“If socialism can’t work in a close-knit Super-Christian community, it probably can’t work anywhere. But the larger point is that our early Americans tried socialism; it didn’t work and they made a quick adjustment to free markets. That did work and the private property order became part of American history.”
So a free market is important for bringing out the best in people, whether Christian or not; socialism makes people worse, whether Christian or not (see also Leftism Makes You Meaner by the Jewish conservative Dennis Prager).
Certainly Christians in business should aim to be the best. By the same token, Christian customers should aim to be the best customers, not trying to gain special favors because they are Christians, or pay bills late, and the like. I also think that Christian customers should patronize the businesses with the best services. They do no one any favors in the long run by patronizing Christian businesses who don’t act very Christian and provide poor goods and service. But if a company is both Christian and provides high-quality service, then I fully urge supporting them, especially to counter the GayStapo attacks.
Good Christian businesses
I wouldn’t have recommended Chick-Fil-A if I did not also admire the quality of their food and service. For a very good example of the latter, see the gracious way a young lady at their drive-through counter handled a nasty critic.
Some other businesses showed solidarity, including a major Wendy’s franchise-holder in North Carolina who owned 86 restaurants. Despite being a business rival, they posted “We stand with Chick-Fil-A”on all their billboards. So kudos to the NC Wendy’s! Unfortunately, a corporate edict had the signs removed. Evidently these out-of-touch corporate bosses in their ivory tower are too busy appeasing the GayStapo to realize how profitable Chick-Fil-A’s stand has been. Let’s hope that this craven cowardice, manifesting as politically correct bullying of franchise holders, will cost non-NC Wendy’s.
There are other good Christian businesses too:
In and Out Burgers are based in far-left California. They are a beacon of sense there, printing John 3:16 at the bottom of their cups. When I am in those areas, I find them a good choice for fast food. Their beef patties are better than those in McDonald’s and Wendy’s, using beef without fillers and additives.
Hobby Lobby is a crafts store chain based in Oklahoma City. While crafts are not my thing, my wife loves this store. Its Statement of Purpose includes “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.” It also includes “Offering our customers an exceptional selection and value,” as well as providing a good family-friendly environment for their employees as well as providing a just profit for its owners, and investing in the community.
There are a number of other openly Christian companies—here is one article that lists a few others. I just don’t want to recommend something I have not used myself. So I confined myself to those good Christian businesses I know and can vouch for, as well as some general principles.