Posted Nov 19, 2019 by Michael L. Brown

As a leader in the Church, and speaking on behalf of many followers of Jesus, I am submitting this appeal to the ownership and management of Chick-fil-A.

Please do not cave in to LGBT activists and their allies. Please do not capitulate to the pressure of the radical left. Please do not throw the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and the Salvation Army under the bus. Please reverse your decision to no longer fund these important Christian organizations.

Do you remember when millions of Christians stood with you when the radical left called for a boycott of your fine company? Do you remember when they turned the boycott into a “buycott”?

These same Christians are scratching their heads today. They are wondering why the company they love so much now feels the need to satisfy the demands of people who despise many of the common values we hold dear.

Why cater to the haters? Do you think they will hate you less? Do you think they will now welcome you into their cities and onto their campuses? And even if they do, is that the price you’re willing to pay for more profits?

Hasn’t God blessed your decision to close on Sundays in honor of your historic convictions? Isn’t your company growing by the year? This is despite the efforts of the activists and the haters.And with the help of your loyal customers and the outstanding efforts of your workforce, you continue to grow and thrive.

Why, then, alienate the very people who helped make you great? Kanye West even wrote a song about you in his new, off-the-charts, “Jesus Is King” album. You should be leaning into your Christian customer base, not turning it away.

Even former Governor Mike Huckabee, the very man who organized the nationwide “buycutt” in 2012, is expressing his public dismay. He tweeted, “In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilAAppreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilAbetrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.”

Do you see the radical left caring about the opinions of tens of millions of conservative Christians? Do you see them stepping back from their support of abortion or transgender activism? Not a chance.Yet Chick-fil-A feels the need to step back from supporting fine Christian organizations because you are falsely branded as “anti-gay”?

These Christian organizations simply hold to biblical teaching on marriage and family – the same teaching the Church has held sacred for almost 2,000 years. And neither one of them even emphasizes LGBT issues, let alone focuses on turning homosexuals into heterosexuals.

The Salvation Army devotes its efforts to meeting humanitarian needs and simply holds to biblical standards. And the FCA focuses on bringing Christian athletes together for fellowship, discipleship, and evangelism.

Yet you now cut off support from them because of the protests of Bible-mocking activists? You throw them under the bus because it’s too politically incorrect?

You choose to stand with those who celebrate two-women “marrying”and against those who say that kids deserve a mom and a dad?

You stand with those who advocate for males who identify as females competing in women’s sports and against those who care about women’s rights?

You stand with those who block you from opening new restaurants on college campuses and stand against those who have enjoyed your food and services for decades?

I read the words of Rodney Bullard, the head of the Chick-fil-A Foundation, who “told Business Insider earlier this year that the company worked with the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes because the programs were ‘relevant and impactful in the community.’”

He continued, “For us, that's a much higher calling than any political or cultural war that's being waged.”

But the Salvation Army and the FCA continue to be “relevant and impactful in the community,” and by supporting these fine Christian organizations, you are simply doing what is right and being true to your Christian roots.

As for the political and cultural wars being raised, the fact that you’re closed on Sundays already sends a message.

As for the “anti-LGBT charges,” they are completely manufactured and unrelated to reality. They are tools used to bludgeon faithful followers of Jesus, either as individuals or as companies. And by caving in to the culture wars, you have now made a louder statement than ever before.

I urge, you, then to listen to your constituents and to reverse your decision.

We will all honor you for doing what is right and will forgive your wrong decision.

Reverse yourself today, and you’ll be blessed tomorrow.

Reverse yourself today, and the good feelings will remain. (As for haters, they will continue to hate.)

Stay with your wrong decision, and you’ll leave a bad taste in your constituents’ mouths.

Is that what you really desire?

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neptune posted a comment · Nov 29, 2019
From WorldNetDaily: "Family Research Council President Tony Perkins says it's 'time for Christians to find a fast food alternative to Chick-fil-A' after a tax filing revealed the chicken sandwich chain donated $2,500 to the anti-Christian and far-left Southern Poverty Law Center." Christians, let's take our business elsewhere.
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dasavo posted a comment · Nov 24, 2019
Hi Dr. Brown! Here is my letter to Chick-Fil-A... I wonder if I will get a response... Dear Chick-Fil-A, I write to you today with a heavy heart. I am deeply saddened and appalled at your decisions to bow down to the leader of this world and not to the One True King, Jesus...our God. I am taken back at your weakness considering how our God has Blessed you. Instead of remaining a beacon of light for those who are in the dark and without hope you have sold yourself for fame and fortune. You used to be a representation of "truth" and of all that is missing in our lost world but today, you have joined them. You have turned your back on God and His Truth and disguised your new endeavors with a cheap and vague agenda...almost deception. Instead of standing firm in your roots based on God's Word you have sold your soul in order to be accepted by those who serve this world. Hats off to you for losing your back bone (sarcastically)... I had expected more from you! God Blessed you with prosperity and leadership ...apparently that was not enough for you. Because you no longer represent our core value, Jesus, and His love for the lost, AND your "new' choices now discriminate against our family we will not longer be supporting you with our business. Amanda Savo (this is so sad)
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Warrior of Righ... posted a comment · Nov 22, 2019
I went to the Chick-fil-A website and sent them an email via their webform. All I said is that I am disappointed that they would cave to a vile, and violent crowd. Very short message. Their response: (this is a copy/paste): Thank you for reaching out to us. We know you care a lot about Chick-fil-A and the work of the Chick-fil-A Foundation - and we truly value your feedback and appreciate you're taking the time to share with us. Please know that you have been heard. The mission of the Chick-fil-A Foundation is to nourish the potential in every child. For more information on the Chick-fil-A Foundation's giving, we strongly encourage you to read our announcement directly from us here: chick-fil-a.com/2020foundation As you will see, the Chick-fil-A Foundation announced that in 2020 it will focus its giving to address three critical needs facing children: education, homelessness and hunger. In 2020, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will partner with Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International, and more than 120 local food banks in the communities where Chick-fil-A opens new restaurants. Moving forward, the Chick-fil-A Foundation will reassess philanthropic partnerships annually rather than make multiyear commitments. All organizations - faith-based and non-faith-based-will be considered for future partnerships. You can also visit chick-fil-afoundation.org to learn more about our refined giving approach and how we will work with our 2020 partners to help all children reach their potential. Thank you again for taking the time to share your comments and concerns with us. We hope to have the opportunity to serve you in one of our restaurants soon. Customer Service Team Chick-fil-A, Inc.
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neptune posted a comment · Nov 19, 2019
I just called Chick-fil-A and told them I'm done. Apparently they've been deluged with angry phone calls! Praise the Lord. I encourage others to call too, and to pray that God will send His panic to the directors of the company. Tough love is the only way to deal with this kind of situation.
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neptune posted a comment · Nov 19, 2019
Oops, in my last sentence, that should be "BIG hit in the wallet." :)
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neptune posted a comment · Nov 19, 2019
As the Bible says, you cannot serve both God and Mammon. Even way back in 2012, Chick-fil-A was still being mealy-mouthed about certain things, and I thought their commitment to Christian values wasn't all that strong. But at least now their behavior is plain for all to see. Christians, please take your business elsewhere. The only way Chick-fil-A might change their tune is if they take a bit hit in the wallet.
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Keith Heimann posted a comment · Nov 19, 2019
A business has ONE responsibility: to keep its shareholders happy.
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Keith Heimann posted a comment · Nov 19, 2019
A business has ONE responsibility: to keep its shareholders happy.