The Reason This Texas Chick-Fil-A Was Built On Top Of A Bible

You may have noticed a difference between Chick-fil-A and fast food chains like McDonald's, Burger King, or Subway. For one, it lacks zany marketing promotions starring A-list celebrities to promote flashy new menu items. Instead, Chick-fil-A focuses more on customer service and engagement, greeting people warmly as they pull up to the counter or drive-thru speaker. In 2020, Newsweek ranked Chick-fil-A as the number-one restaurant in terms of customer service, with a score of 9.08 out of 10 — the highest out of any restaurant in the poll.

Chick-fil-A's commitment to customer service isn't the only trait that makes it stand out. It is also well known for strong Christian beliefs that influence the company's culture. The restaurants are closed on Sundays, and biblical quotes have appeared on the Styrofoam cups, due to founder S. Truett Cathy's Southern Baptist stance (via The Atlantic). While many people have voiced opposition to the company's executives mixing business with religious beliefs — such as in the company's former donations to anti-LGBT organizations — others want Chick-fil-A to do even more to show off its Christian values. That's why one Texas Chick-fil-A was built on top of a Bible.

Why a Bible was buried under the foundations of a Texas Chick-fil-A

One Chick-fil-A location in Marshall, Texas, wanted to literally build the restaurant on Christian faith. In a now-deleted Facebook post that has circulated on Twitter, David and Holley Snow, the owners of the soon-to-be-opened Chick-fil-A, shared that before the building went up, a Bible was "laid into the foundation." The owners said that they felt it was their "purpose" to "glorify God ... and to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A." They had their 4-year-old son Montgomery place the Bible, opened to the passage of Joshua 1:9, on the ground, per Church Leaders

Some social media users seemed to be confused by the gesture. "Traditionally I've seen people dispose of old, worn out Bibles by burying them. I don't have the same sort of conviction about the physical pages, but I understand the reverence," said one user. "This, however, is not that." Another chimed in, "Burying the Bible seems an altogether different performative act I can't explain." Some posted in defense of the owners, such as one who said, "If you don't get it I recommend that you refrain from commenting on religious matters." Others, however, interpreted things with a sense of humor. "This is taking 'biblical foundation' to a whole new level lmao," joked one comment.