Chick-Fil-A. Mmmmm. We all know that something more than poultry deliciousness draws us to our favorite chicken establishment. The atmosphere is different than any other fast food place. The restaurant is clean, the staff smile, the service is excellent, and the culture is distinct. Why is that?
The corporate purpose of Chick-Fil-A reads: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward to all that is entrusted to us. To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” That purpose has impacted the employees–and even the customers–across countless franchises. The restaurants hire both Christians and non-Christians, yet their employees portray consistent wholesomeness and kindness. Believers and non-believers alike dine at their establishments, yet the dining areas are consistently cheery. Devout Christian leaders have lived in a way that has set the Chick-Fil-A atmosphere apart from any other chain restaurant.
God calls each Christian to transform secular culture, rather than letting secular culture transform them. The Bible implores believers to be the earth’s salt and the world’s light (Matthew 5). Salt is a preservative; it slows down the decay of perishable food. Sin has a corrupting impact on our world; you and I are to slow down that decay by abiding in Christ and living distinctly from the secular culture. Some of you work in some spiritually dark places. You have the distinct privilege of taking the light of Christ into the darkness.
Being salt and light in the workplace is no easy feat. Letting the secular work culture drag us down is much easier than living counter-culturally, but by the power of the Spirit, we can do it.
Many Christians complain that they have to “work with a bunch of heathens.” If that is you, could it be that is exactly where the Lord wants you? Is it possible that He has you in a heathenistic place of employment to be salt and light? Influence the culture at your job; don’t let the culture influence you. And get a chicken biscuit on your way to the office. You’re welcome.