Dan Delzell on Why Family-Owned Chick-fil-A Must Affirm Its Commitment to God’s Design for Marriage

FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2018 file photo, Athens newest Chick-fil-A signage is set to open in downtown, Athens, Ga. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Chick-fil-A has a wonderful Christian heritage as a result of Truett Cathy’s leadership, and the company is blessed today to have Truett’s son, Dan, serving as chairman and CEO.

Dan Cathy loves Jesus and he has been willing to stand up for truth even in the face of intense criticism at times. For example, Dan boldly and lovingly stated in 2012 that gay marriage is “inviting God’s judgment.” Dan is a compassionate and faithful Christian who demonstrates tremendous wisdom, incredible tolerance and godly leadership.

While Chick-fil-A is a family-owned business, the company also has a board of directors. The board reports to Dan Cathy and the Cathy family, and this family unapologetically reports to God. Earlier this year, it was announced that these eight members serve on the board of directors:

“CEO and chairman Dan Cathy and his brother, Bubba Cathy; Michael Duke, retired president and CEO of Walmart Inc.; Chick-fil-A operator Brent Fielder; Crawford Loritts, a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia; and Steven Reinemund, retired dean of Wake Forest University School of Business.” In addition, Cheryl Bachelder and Dale Jones were appointed to the board of directors in April.

The Cathy family has assembled a superb team of people to serve on this board. Dan Cathy and Bubba Cathy are carrying the torch for Christ that was first carried by their father.

The board is also richly blessed to have Dr. Crawford Loritts serving on it. Dr. Loritts “is a nationally known speaker, author and senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He helped establish churches in Texas and Mississippi and served as associate director of Campus Crusade for Christ. Crawford was selected to serve on Chick-fil-A’s first Board of Directors in 2015.”

Board member Brent Fielder “served more than a decade with the WinShape Foundation,” and “serves on the board of directors for Vapor Ministries.” These dynamic Christian ministries share God’s love with those in need and serve as a catalyst for transformation.

And board member Cheryl Bachelder wrote the book “Dare to Serve,” which provides an excellent understanding of her approach to leadership and her passion to serve others.

Board member Michael Duke is the retired president and chief executive officer of Walmart. The Chick-fil-A website indicates that “Mike has long been a champion for diversity and was especially engaged in the advancement of women, both inside and outside the company.”

Like Michael Duke, board member Steven Reinemund is also listed as a leader who has spent much time “championing diversity.”

Most Christians would certainly celebrate the idea of women serving on the Chick-fil-A Board of Directors. After all, there are plenty of amazing female leaders in many companies today.

Unfortunately, the word “diversity” is used by some people today to promote a revisionist sexual ethic and a revisionist definition of “marriage.” I suppose it really boils down to what type of “diversity” each individual board member hopes to champion.

When defined biblically, diversity is a very good thing. God champions diversity everyday by continuing to create males and females, as well as people of various races. It is important, however, for any Christian company these days to clarify exactly what type of diversity they are promoting.

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Source: Christian Post