You don’t have to hug, love, squeeze and kiss your money to respect it.
And I don’t expect anyone to iron their $1 bills so that they’re always crisp.
But do you respect your money to realize it’s true power–its value as a vote?
Just a few weeks ago, I was reminded in the worst way that my money is my vote.
Chick Fil A
Anyone who knows me knows that I can rant and rave about Chick Fil A all day long. A fast food restaurant, it has to be the best in the US. The food is excellent, and even though they sell fried chicken in every form, it is perennially ranked as one of the healthiest places to eat.
The stores are always super clean. The workers are the friendliest people on the planet—even if it’s forced. Company policy dictates that employees have to say “my pleasure” if you say “thank you” after receiving your food. This is a world-class organization, really.
Chick Fil A’s founder is a Christian, and it’s evident. The company is closed on Sundays to allow employees to attend church and time with family. To get a coveted franchise, owners have to be very involved in their church. You have to be a Christian to own a franchise, something which has tested the boundaries of private property.
Even though I’m a Creaster and will never have the chance to own a Chick Fil A franchise, I’m not upset. Whatever. It’s their company, they can do with it what they want. I’ll still go there even if they wouldn’t let me own one.
The Big Bang – Where My Money Goes
Recently, I became aware that Chick Fil A donates millions of dollars each year to anti-gay groups. These millions of dollars are for the express purpose of promoting a strong family unit.
Do we need stronger families? Uh, duh. Families who are close can weather most any storm. I’m convinced that the world would be a better place if families were closer. But to what end can I take this viewpoint?
Should we really embrace the idea that the best way to build a strong family is to protest gay rights? Are gay people seriously responsible for negative social changes? Couldn’t we spend money in better ways?
Each time I go to Chick Fil A, maybe only $.01 of my $7.00 purchase is going to these organizations, which really isn’t all that much money.
But this isn’t a question of the relative value of one cent or one dollar, it’s about efficiency. How can I let my money, no matter how little, trickle to an organization that attacks one group for a problem of the others? Couldn’t we save the hurt feelings and hatred and fix the problem with the funds instead?
I made a choice
I made a choice that day not to go to Chick Fil A again. I haven’t been back for…oh, several months? Quite some time; I used to go once a week.
It may be just a penny, Chick Fil A, but I have to respect it. I’d rather see that we meet goals by bringing the group up, rather than bringing a minority down. A rising tide lifts all boats.