Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

Please try not to condemn me to your personal purgatory.

It's just that I worry about some of those who profess strong, or even extreme, religious convictions.

All too often, I see them holding opinions and behaving in ways that seem remarkably opposed to their professed beliefs.

Which brings us to Chick-fil-A.

I respect the fact that this fine fast-food chain chooses to close on Sundays, because of the Christian beliefs of its founder Truett Cathy. 

Still, the chain was faced with an interesting dilemma yesterday. A Sunday.

Thousands of people were stuck at Atlanta airport, after a power outage

They had neither food or water.

But it was a Sunday. 

This must have been a powerful spiritual dilemma.

When are Sundays sacrosanct? And when do your feelings for you fellow human kick in?

Chick-fil-A, it seems, gave in to humanity.

So much so that it caused Kasim Reed, the mayor of Atlanta, to tweet.

Chick-fil-A explained in a statement that it was the mayor himself who asked it to feed the hungry.

The company added: "It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.  We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship."

Ultimately, this was the feeding of the 2,000. 

Atlanta airport, clearly in a state of rapture, offered its own thoughts and feelings.

A Christmas miracle, indeed. 

Of course, everyone has their own idea of what constitutes humanity or, indeed, Christianity. Or, indeed, a miracle.

Some might remember that Chick-fil-A managed to embroil itself in the gay marriage debate a few years ago.

Unlike some Christians, CEO Dan Cathy spoke out against gay unions and was vilified in certain quarters for it.

As time passed, however, he seemed to understand slightly better the context in which his company operates.

As he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2014: "I think the time of truths and principles are captured and codified in God's word and I'm just personally committed to that. I know others feel very different from that and I respect their opinion and I hope that they would be respectful of mine. ... I think that's a political debate that's going to rage on. And the wiser thing for us to do is to stay focused on customer service." 

Chick-fil-A just proved that it may be staffed by some wise men and women.

Published on: Dec 18, 2017
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