Amen, and pass the bacon

The motto at the Clemens Food Group in Fogelsville, Pa., which makes Hatfieldpork products.

The motto at the Clemens Food Group in Fogelsville, Pa., which makes Hatfieldpork products.

Whoever said they don’t want to see sausage made clearly hasn’t been inside a commercial pork factory. The sausage is the least surprising thing.

With a group of my peers from other Christian camps, I toured the plant near Allentown, Pa., that produces Hatfield pork products and came away with a newfound respect for how they do business and a new factor to consider when evaluating their products.

It was the mission statement posted in the main staircase at the Clemens Food Group that stopped myself and others in our tracks.

A private company, a leader in ham, bacon and sausage production in the Northeast, proclaiming a desire to honor God through the way it does business.

Who else puts that in their motto? A real estate broker whose ads show he and his house will serve the Lord. I know there are other examples.

The Clemens family’s spiritual roots are on display in other small ways. Copies of “Our Daily Bread” are at reception tables. A family Bible is one small piece of a large mural. And television screens throughout the facility today flashed information about our group, leaving no doubt the visitors in red hard hats and ill-fitting boots are Christian.

I do not know if the employees who shared their time and food with us today also could have shared the gospel. They didn’t need to in order to win my heart. For a few moments today, just seeing that sign and knowing one of the companies that helps us feed youths and families is sharing one of our objectives was good enough for me.

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