From the past to the present, religion can be a tricky subject to discuss, especially when business is involved. In the case of some of these companies, they're covert about their Christianity - although if you ask them, they'd be ready, willing, and able to express their beliefs. Whether subliminally or explicitly, these companies are proud to be Christian. This can mean anything from closing on Sundays to praying before company meetings. However they express it, they use their religion as the driving force behind their business and core values.
What are some stores you may not know are Christian? Just for starters, Forever 21 and In-N-Out Burger, which print Bible verses on their shopping and food bags, respectively. Although a subtler expression of their beliefs, they aren't too hard to find.
Take a look at this list of Christian-based companies; you may be surprised to learn about some of them.
Purchase the latest trendy offering from the lower-cost fashion retailer, and you may notice "John 3:16" printed on your shopping bag.
The Chang family, who started Forever 21 in 1984 in Los Angeles, are born-again Christians. Jin Sook Chang went on the record to state, “God told me that we should open a store and that it would be successful.”
This fast-food company wears its Christianity on its sleeve. Not only is it closed Sundays, but for several years it has donated to the National Christian Charitable Foundation, which publicly opposes equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. After this caused some negative press and boycotts of the company, they announced in 2020 that they were remodeling their philanthropic plan for the year to give to organizations that fight hunger as opposed to ones with anti-LGBTQ+ stances. CEO and President Tim Tassopoulos said of the decision,
There’s no question we know that, as we go into new markets, we need to be clear about who we are… There are lots of articles and newscasts about Chick-fil-A, and we thought we needed to be clear about our message.
Despite the controversy, Chick-fil-A remains one of the largest fast-food chains in the US.
In 1997, cosmetics queen Mary Kay Ash (who passed in 2001 at age 83) professed her religious beliefs loud and clear. In particular, she said, "God has blessed us because our motivation is right. He knows I want women to be the beautiful creatures He created."
In addition, the Texas native advised her beauty consultants to follow her motto of “God first, family second and career third.”
Utah native John Willard Marriott, who in 1927 cofounded the company that became hospitality giant Marriott International, held several significant positions with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the years. True to his religious roots, he ensured The Book of Mormon occupied the same drawer as the Bible in the majority of his hotel chain's rooms (no religious materials are offered at its millennial-oriented hotel brands, Moxy and Edition hotels).
In 2013, the chain banned pornography from its in-room pay-per-view service, as well.