I admit it. I broke 2 deeply held personal convictions today.
Let me back up a minute. Just this Sunday our church held a going away lunch for our beloved youth pastor. There was more than enough chicken to feed the 200+ standing in line.
I don’t do food lines. [one of my many quirks and a deeply held personal conviction.]
So I jumped in my car, drove to Nathan’s, ordered a chili cheese dog and fries, drove back to the church, found my family and sat down. When others around asked. I quipped: “I don’t do food lines.” [another one of my quirks – not the world’s best at face-to-face communication]
But this morning I stood in line for food at…
You probably guessed it – Chick-fil-A. [Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day brings me to deeply held personal conviction number 2 – I don’t follow the crowd.]
Why abandon my convictions today?
2 Greater Personal Convictions:
1 – I stand for Free Enterprise and Capitalism. I stand against Fascism.
Dan Cathy, President of Chick-fil-A recently received a letter from Boston Mayor, Thomas Menino:
“I urge you to back out of your plans to locate in Boston.
I was angry to learn… about your search for a site to locate in Boston…
It would be an insult to our city’s long history…
to have a Chick-fil-A across the street…”
2 – I stand for Freedom of Speech. I stand against Suppression of Opposition and Criticism.
Dan Cathy recently stated:
“Thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles.”
In high school, I tried to stand against bullying. I messed up a couple of times and did a bit of bullying myself, but for the most part, I made a point to make friends with those being bullied, stand with them, and stand up for them when necessary. Today, I stand against bullying. Today, I stand.
© 2012, Dr. Phil Bryant
Dr. Bryant is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbus State University and co-author of Managing Employee Turnover.