Religious companies mixing faith and business
They have all sorts of ways to merge their convictions with their products.
Business Insider recently compiled a list of said companies, and while not all of them made the noise Chick-fil-A did last year -- with its chief executive's comments about gay marriage, the ensuing backlash and the Mike Huckabee-prompted "Chick-fil-A Day" that followed -- all have made religion a part of their day-to-day business. Business Insider's tally ran to 18, and each company has a different method for integrating faith into its business.
In the interest of brevity, we've grouped the companies by the intensity of that expression and just how visible it is to consumers:
The whispered acknowledgement: Some companies merely hint at their religious convictions rather than proselytize through their products. In N Out Burger makes no mention on its website or in any of its company correspondence, but it does include small citations of Bible passages on its packaging. When asked for an explanation by USA Today in 2005, company spokesman Carl Van Fleet said the founder's son started the practice and "told me, 'It's just something I want to do.'"
Clothing chain Forever 21 stamps a reference to Bible verse John 3:16 on the bottom of each of its bags as a nod to born-again Christian owners the Chang family. The Marriott hotel chain still places the Book of Mormon alongside the Bible in some of its hotel rooms to acknowledge its devout Mormon founder, John Willard Marriott. But it recently broke with the church's stand on gay marriage to join other businesses in supporting a repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The preachers: Alaska Airlines (ALK) still provides inspirational cards with passages from the Old Testament on its meal trays even after a 2004 article on Salon slamming the practice. Craft-supply chain Hobby Lobby pipes Christian music into all its stores, runs full-page religious ads in newspapers every Christmas and Easter, and unsuccessfully sued the government in an attempt to avoid mandated insurance coverage for emergency contraception.
The guiding principles: When token gestures and public displays won't do, many companies write their faith right into their corporate mission statements. Tyson Foods (TSN) founder John Tyson notes in his company's core values that Tyson strives "to honor God" and "be a faith-friendly company." It follows through by providing 120 chaplains to provide "compassionate pastoral care" to employees.
Interstate Batteries' mission statement expresses a desire to "to glorify God as we supply our customers worldwide with top quality, value-priced batteries, related electrical power-source products, and distribution services." ServiceMaster -- which owns Merry Maids, Terminix and American Home Shield -- stresses the company's "foundational commitment" to Honor God in All We Do, which includes the killing of insects.
Unfortunately the last 6 words of this article overshadowed what could have been a totally unbiased look at companies who express their religious beliefs. There just had to be a little "zing" at the end taking a stab at companies who do this. Why is it ok for companies to take a stand for things that aren't Biblical and we are all told to be "tolerant" of those beliefs but when it comes to Christianity we are made out to be crazy, non-tolerant and uneducated people? Those who "preach" tolerance should be the most tolerant of all but that doesn't seem to be the case. Sad...sad...sad
We respect every faith in the world; except for Christian. Go figure.
In a world where standing up for what you believe has become passe' more out of fear of persecution; I am so please to see business that have not been shamed to change.
Some claim religion is the source of evil. I am a Christian and would have a hard time arguing with that statement. Religion is a life exercise, routine, etc.
A Christian has a relationship with God the Father, made possible by the blood of Jesus, the Christ, and supported by the Holy Spirit.
Everyone has a right to believe what they will, attacking ones beliefs does nothing to further your own point of view. If you expect others to respect your right to believe or not believe then you need to extend the same courtesy to those with whom you disagree.
As an atheist, I have no problem with anybody who wants to run their business according to their religion, as long as that doesn't mean that they lobby for religion-based laws or practice discrimination and claim that they are forced to do that by their religious beliefs. Treat me with repect and I'll return the favor.
I am amazed by all the comments on here that clearly demonstrate a how little, so many know about Christianity.
1st of all, Christians do not hate you, I don't care if you are a thief, a murderer, a homosexual, a liar, an adulterer or what ever, we don't hate you. We do hate sin but not the sinner. We have all sinned. Some have been delivered from their sins and some have not.
Christians follow the the teachings of Jesus, the Bible, the Word of God, Jesus is the Word. His word does not change. God does not care if it is 100 AD or 2013.
God does expect us to share the Good News. The news of his Son who came to deliver us all from our Sins.
Jesus told us when we pray, pray to the Father. I read the Bible regularly and have never read that we are to Pray to anyone but the Father, (God) and we pray to him in the name of Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God, he is from God, the Holy Spirit is from God and they only do what the Father tells them to do. Mary was a human, not a god, and definitely not the Father. I don't pray to her. All who are saved are Saints, Even thou they are Saints, I don't pray to my brothers and sisters in Christ, after one goes to be with the Father. In fact the Bible says it is an abomination to communicate with the dead.
Perhaps if more businesses followed a Godly way of doing things the world would be way better off'.
It is important to know ones priority such as Family time, Church time , abolish those over the top bonuses and provide what is ethically and morally right----Comprehensive health benefits where the Employer pays 70 to 80% of the cost for Full time and part time!!!!! I can remember the days when Christian/Judeo principals were respected and revered and so was respecting your elders. We are failing our children and ourselves by not instilling these virtues. Just look at the world......the prophecies are coming true and everyone is just ignoring them.
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