For Your Shopping Convenience: Five Christian Companies That Bring Their Faith to Work

Boycotts work best when you can narrow it down to one or two businesses. It’s impractical to boycott the whole wide world of commerce.

That’s a problem for Christians who want to their dollars to walk the talk of their beliefs. The amoral, anti-Christian ethos penetrates our corporate/entertainment industries to such an extent that it’s almost impossible to pick just one.

The logical thing for us to do is to turn the whole question on its head. Instead of boycotting the bad, we need to go out of our way to support the good. That’s why I was so glad when I found the following article which described five companies that bring their Christian faith to work.

I know Tyson Foods, Chick-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby. I’m going to check in to the others. If there’s anything the sell that’s on my “buy” list, they’ll get my trade. If you know of other companies that deserve a mention, let me know.

I’m going to reproduce the article completely. If you want to read more great articles like it, check out the Blaze.  Here it is:

Chick-fil-A isn’t the only company willing to share its Christian faith with the world. While attaching a specific religious view to a product or service holds the potential to turn a portion of consumers off, some business leaders and companies stick to their values and intentionally include them in their packaging and messaging. Some of these brands include: Forever 21, Interstate Battery, Tyson Foods, In-N-Out Burger and Hobby Lobby.

5 Companies Like Chick fil A That Share Their Christian Faith

Forever 21:  Forever 21 is a clothing store that was founded by Don and Jin Chang, devout Christians who moved to America from Korea in 1981. The small store they opened in Los Angeles in 1984 has grown into a mass business comprised of hundreds of locations across the globe.

On the bottom of each bag, shoppers will find “John 3:16,” the popular Bible verse that reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

5 Companies Like Chick fil A That Share Their Christian Faith

Image Credit: Los Angeles Times

Interstate Battery: Norm Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries, a company that sells — you guessed it, batteries — is also a believer who discusses his faith and salvation publicly. In fact, he even takes to the company’s web site to invite customers and visitors to write to him for prayer advice.

“Norm Miller is also a believer in God’s power to change lives, because it was that power that turned his own life around after years of drinking as hard as he worked,” reads Miller’s personal testimony on Interstate Batteries’ web site.

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But, the company goes well beyond merely mentioning God. Miller encourages everyone to accept Jesus Christ as personal savior — a central tenet of the Christian faith. Here’s more from the site:

You can accept Him right now, just like I did, by repeating this prayer and making it the commitment of your heart. Just pray…

“Dear God, I want freedom from the slavery of my sin. I believe Jesus is the Truth, and I accept Him now as my Lord and Savior. I ask you for forgiveness of my sins, because He paid for them for me. Please give me the power to live a life pleasing to You. Thank you for this gift of new and eternal life in Christ! In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

If you prayed this prayer, I’d like to send you some additional information that will help you grow in your understanding of Christianity and in your faith in God. Write to: Norm Miller, “Growth,” 12770 Merit Dr. Suite 1000, Dallas, Texas 75251.

5 Companies Like Chick fil A That Share Their Christian Faith

Tyson Foods: Tyson, yet another company that refuses to hide its faith, offers employees chaplain services at plants across America. If people are saddened after the loss of a loved one or coping with a family emergency, these individuals are brought in to pray and assist those in need with coping.

John H. Tyson, the current chairman of the company, is a born-again Christian who believes his values shouldn’t be pushed to the side when he enters Tyson’s doors.

“My faith is just an ongoing evolution, trying to understand what faith in the marketplace looks like, giving people permission to live their faith seven days a week,” Tyson said back in 2010. “If people can talk about the football game on Monday, why can’t they talk about their faith?”

Tyson Foods is also known for donating mass amounts of food to America’s poor.

5 Companies Like Chick fil A That Share Their Christian Faith

In-N-Out Burger: Much like Forever 21, In-N-Out Burger, a fast-food chain based in California, uses John 3:16 as a way to advertise its faith. In fact, the company places the popular verse on the bottom of cups. Here’s what 11Alive.com reports about the popular business:

Western U.S. burger chain In-N-Out has printed citations of Bible passages on cups, wrappers and other pieces of packaging since at least the late 1980s. For instance, “John 3:16″ appears on the bottom of soft drink cups, a reference to the Bible passage…

5 Companies Like Chick fil A That Share Their Christian Faith

Image Credit: In-N-Out.com

Hobby Lobby: Last, but not least, is Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma City-based crafts store chain that very-openly embraces Christianity. Like Chick-fil-A, the company closes its more than 500 stories on Sundays and vocally mentions God on its web site. Here are just a few of the proclamations presented Hobby Lobby’s statement of purpose:

Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. [...]

Providing a return on the owners’ investment, sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees, and investing in our community.

We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future.

As TheBlaze recently reported, Hobby Lobby’s owners are also preparing to build a Bible museum in Washington, D.C., just blocks away from the National Mall. The museum, which is currently being organized, planned and designed, will provide visitors with thousands of Biblical artifacts along with a better understanding of the Old and New Testaments.

5 Companies Like Chick fil A That Share Their Christian Faith

While these certainly aren’t the only Christian companies out there, they are some of the most notable. Do you know of any other faith-based businesses that operate at the national level? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments section and we may include them in a future edition of “5 Christian Companies That Publicly-Proclaim Their Christian Faith.”

 

  • http://ackans.com Mr. V.

    The examples of these stores are inspiring. Hopefully, more businesses will follow their example.

    I do frequent Chick-Fil-A (when I do indulge in fast food, which is becoming less frequent as I try to eat healthier). My wife and I often use the services of Hobby Lobby, and Tyson chicken more often than not is the brand name on the label of the chicken I get at the grocery. There’s not an In ‘N’ Out Burger around here, at least not that I’m aware of. Interstate Battery I’ve been to once, and they were very helpful. I used to think it was a place for automotive batteries, but it’s actually all batteries. I walked in and found a charger to use for my camera’s battery, when the employees at Best Buy just stared at me and told me they weren’t even sure they carried that type of battery at all.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I’m pretty much the same, except I’m new to Chick Fil A. I’m going to re-vamp my eating and tilt it toward healthy, but I think Chick-Fil-A has some salads that might work once in a while. I had never heard of In N Out Burger before this, but I’ll be looking for them when I travel.

      Hopefully people can give us the names of some more. I’d like to fill up a web site with businesses like these!

    • Keith Turner

      Chick-fil-A offers healthy lifestyle options with 10 menu items with 10 or fewer grams of fat. Chick-fil-A cooks in 100 percent refined peanut oil which is naturally trans-fat and cholesterol free. In fact, the entire menu is free of trans fat. Try the grilled-chicken sandwich on whole grain bread, with a fruit cup and low-fat milk.
      http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Food/Healthful-Lifestyle

      • Rebecca Hamilton

        Thanks Keith! That’s my new order. It sounds delicious.

  • Bearing

    Sierratradingpost.com Has a statement of faith on its website here. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/we-believe/. We have always gotten great service from them.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Fantastic! I bought a pair of boots from them a couple of years ago. The service was great. I’ll add them to my list for Christmas shopping.

  • JennE

    I loved In n Out Burger when out west! The Best!

  • Ted Seeber

    Has Dave’s Killer Bread reached Ohio yet?

    • Ted Seeber

      Or for that matter, Poulsbo Ezekiel Bread? Nothing like a bakery that uses the Bible as a cookbook!

  • http://www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com Rob Barkman

    Thanks for sharing…. great posting for the holiday season coming up!

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      You’re welcome Rob!

  • http://offbeatonpurpose.wordpress.com offbeatonpurpose

    Thanks for liking my post and for posting what you are about Christian places to shop. God bless us all.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      Thanks for stopping by. Come back anytime.

  • FW Ken

    Ok, I’ll give In-n-Out another chance. They just came into this market last year and my first taste was not that great.

    Chick-fil-A is wonderful food, good service, and nice people. Of course, I always get a taste for it on Sunday. :-)

  • Kathleen

    Dozens of lawsuits around the country allege discrimination against gays seeking accommodations such as getting “married,” with businesses, large and small, as defendants. B & Bs, wedding venues, restaurants, caterers, photographers come to mind. They and their religious beliefs are targets aren’t they? Support them too, shouldn’t we?

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I apologize Kathleen, but I don’t understand your comment.

  • Kathleen

    A small family business is getting sued for denial of services (wedding venue) under State law authorizing gay marriages at the other end of my home state. I happened to read about it earlier today. The plaintiffs are a lesbian couple seeking to get “married.”

    Seemed to me that if and when any of us, friends, family, are in the market for services provided by defendants in these suits we might patronize them. If convenient. If the match fits between needs and the and price and quality of the service.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      That is an excellent idea! I wonder how we can compile a list?

      • Kathleen

        This just earlier is a reply. Can’t walk and chew gum you know.

  • Kathleen

    Start digging, I guess. Maybe starting with the foundations and law firms to whom the defense of businesses and individuals against governments intemperately bearing down is their mission. I can think of about a half dozen of them off the top of my head.

    A seminar at GMU Law School tonight (!!!) appears pertinent, if you or someone you know or employ can attend. I got this by subscription this morning. As you may know GMU is a vanguard of political and economic libertarian scholarship and they might assist. I hope you do not mind my reposting. The article highlights the raft of suits, state, local, and Federal, and legal issues. http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/author/bruce-hausknecht/?utm_source=RTA+Hausknecht&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=email

  • snowygreen

    While I like the idea of supporting businesses we agree with, I would urge caution as well. Simply because the owners of F21 are Evangelical Christians who put Bible references on their clothing, we cannot assume that because of that, they have honorable business practices. For example, there are many cases against them in CA Supreme Ct, and an excellent documentary, Made in LA, that deals with sweatshop conditions, worker intimidation, and the exploitation of immigrant workers, mostly women, here in the U.S. While it seems impossible to avoid sweatshop labor on a normal income unless one makes their own clothing, I do think it’s prudent to explore these companies and look beyond their statements of faith to their practices as well before wholesale advocating for them.

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