It's hard to be a Christian company in today's world.
Nonetheless, there are still a number of major businesses and corporations in the U.S. that are known to be guided by Christian principles. While some organizations, like In-N-Out and Chick-fil-A, are well-known for their religious values, others are a bit more surprising.
The ServiceMaster family of companies, which includes Terminix and Merry Maids, seeks to operate under the same tenets as founder Marion Wade, a former minor league baseball player who had “a strong personal faith.”
For years, an 11-foot tall statue of Jesus stood outside the company's headquarters in Chicago, while employees reportedly held Bible studies and inserted Bible passages into annual reports.
As a women's fitness franchise, people are often surprised to learn that the founder of Curves is a man named Gary Heavin.
3. Mary Kay
Company founder and namesake Mary Kay lists her principles as “God first, family second and career third,” which seems to be a winning route as she's turned her $5,000 life savings into what is today a multibillion dollar company.
4. Tyson Foods
Operating in over 130 countries, the food giant lists striving “to honor God” under its official core values.
Tyson also strongly promotes faith in the workplace, currently employing over 115 chaplains to “provide compassionate pastoral care to team members and their families, no matter what their religious affiliations or beliefs might be.”
5. Carl's Jr.
Though today they're known for their racy, suggestive ads, founder Carl Karcher was recognized for being “devoutly Catholic” and started the tradition of reciting both the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer at every board meeting.
Karcher was also a firm supporter of pro-life groups.
6. Alaska Airlines
For 30 years, Alaska Airlines included prayer cards with in-flight meals, which featured Psalms and Bible verses.
Due to customer backlash, this long-running tradition was put to an end in 2012, despite the urging of a well-known Alaskan senator.
eHarmony, which claims to be the “#1 Trusted Online Dating Site for Singles”, was founded by Dr. Neil Clark Warren. Warren has recently become a recognizable face, thanks to a series of TV commercials and online ads.
A lesser known fact is that Warren holds a Master's in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has a long-standing relationship with the non-profit Christian organization, Focus on the Family.
8. Marriott Hotels
The international hotel chain was founded by J. Willard Marriott, a devout Mormon. This religious background led the family to often place both the Bible and Book of Mormon in their hotel's rooms.
Marriott seems to still reflect this emphasis on family values, as it was announced several years ago that Marriott has started phasing out adult films from in-room viewing options.
9. Interstate Batteries
A privately-held, international corporation, Interstate Batteries claims to be the “No. 1 replacement brand battery in North America.”
As listed on their website, Interstate's official purpose is “to glorify God and enrich lives as we deliver the most trustworthy source of power to the world.”
10. George Foreman
11. Hobby Lobby
The arts and crafts retail chain was a prominent name in the news last year, after winning a hotly debated Supreme Court case involving exemptions due to religious freedoms.