“It’s part of our recipe for success.”

If it’s a Sunday and you’re trying to decide where to eat, scratch Chick-fil-A off your list. As almost everybody knows, Chick-fil-A is not, never has been and probably never will be open on Sundays. But why?

From the Chick-fil-A website (www.chick-fil-a.com):

Why We’re Closed on Sundays
Our founder, Truett Cathy, made the decision to close on Sundays in 1946 when he opened his first restaurant in Hapeville, Georgia. He has often shared that his decision was as much practical as spiritual. He believes that all franchised Chick-fil-A Operators and their Restaurant employees should have an opportunity to rest, spend time with family and friends, and worship if they choose to do so. That’s why all Chick-fil-A Restaurants are closed on Sundays. It’s part of our recipe for success.

In Truett Cathy’s own words:

“Our decision to close on Sunday was our way of honoring God and directing our attention to things more important than our business. If it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant, then we needed to be in some other line of work. Through the years I have never wavered from that position. I see no conflict between biblical principles and good business practice. Corporate America needs faith in something more than the bottom line.”

Although there are many Sundays when I would personally enjoy eating at a Chick-fil-A, I respect and admire the decision of this company and their founder to be closed that day each week. However, besides having to eat somewhere else on Sundays, does the Chick-fil-A example have any affect on us?

Many of us have been taught since our youth that there is no Sabbath for Christians … that the Sabbath “went away” when the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross (Colossians 2:14). However, some of us have been told or perhaps even taught that “Sunday is the Christian Sabbath.” How can we know what is true? Is there a Sabbath for Christians? If so, what or when is it?

As we continue our study of “God’s Touchstones,” we consider today the Fourth Commandment. It’s exciting and profound to explore the powerful thought that for us as Christians “every day is our Sabbath,” a day in which we are to cease from our own labor as God did from His.

Brentwood Hills
Church of Christ
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Nashville, Tennessee 37220
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