Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy recently took part in a conversation on race with popular rapper Lecrae and pastor Louie Giglio. During the conversation, Cathy pulled out a shoe brush and told a story about a young man from Texas who, racked with guilt over racism in their community, got up and shined the shoes of an elderly black man in the congregation of his church.
“Tears began to flow in that service,” Cathy began. “It was an attitude of conviction. So, I invite folks to put some words to action, here. If we need to find somebody that needs their shoes shined, we need to go right on over and shine their shoes,” he said while walking over to Lecrae and then shining his shoes.
“There’s a time where we need some personal action,” he continued.
“That’s some stock in Chick-fil-A,” Lecrae retorted as Cathy finished up polishing the rapper’s shoes.
“Any expressions of a contrite heart of a sense of humility a sense of shame a sense of embarrassment but yet with an apologetic heart I think that’s what our world needs to hear today,” Cathy concluded.
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Cathy and Chick-fil-A received flak from a lot of their faithful fans when they cut ties with the Salvation Army and shifted their charitable contributions in what appeared to be a move to appease the LGBT activist movement.
Faithwire reported back in November on the story:
Eager to expand its footprint overseas and into liberal cities in the U.S., executives at Chick-fil-A have made the decision to no longer donate to perennially controversial charities like the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After donating to more than 300 charities this year, Chick-fil-A is planning to refine its philanthropic structure, according to a report from Bisnow. And that apparently includes no longer donating cash to organizations that have been perceived by some on the left to be anti-LGBTQ.
Over the years, both the Salvation Army and the FCA have opposed same-sex marriage, a position that has apparently proved untenable for the Christian-owned Chick-fil-A, at least from a marketing standpoint.
“We made multi-year commitments to both organizations and we fulfilled those obligations in 2018,” a representative for the Atlanta-based restaurant chain said in a statement, noting the quick-service eatery will focus its philanthropy on “education, homelessness, and hunger.”
Chick-fil-A president and COO Tim Tassopoulos said that, as the company expands into more places, “we need to be clear about who we are.” He added, “There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.”
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