I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel
It’s interesting. It seems that you’ll find many people talking about God in the business world today. There are even quite a few business consulting services which talk about adding spirituality to your business. In many types of businesses, it’s OK to talk about “being spiritual” or about how your spiritual life relates to your business life.
What isn’t OK in most circles is to talk about Jesus.Â Just His name is considered offensive. So you’ll allowed to talk about God or being spiritual, but people don’t want you talking about Jesus in the business world.
Well, I’m going to take a note right here from Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
I will talk about Jesus. I’m going to have to admit here that I haven’t always felt this way. In the past, I was ashamed…
No…I wasn’t ashamed of what people might say.Â If it makesÂ people angry, then so be it.Â I’ve said a lot of things in my business that have made some people angry.Â In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever sent out a successful email or written any successful articles that haven’t made some people mad.
It’s part and parcel of being onlineÂ and being personal…you’re going to make some people angry.Â They won’t like you.Â So I’ve learned to live with that part.
What has made meÂ ashamed is the fact that most people who claim to be “Christian business people” don’t act Christian at all in their business dealings. It’s so bad that the moment I hear someone mention being a Christian that I start wondering what they might be up to…and just how are they planning to backstab me.
I’ve seen it so many times that it scares me. The moment someone mentions being a Christian in business, it always seems they’re up to something dishonest! For example, there are network marketing companies that constantly talk about how Christian they are, yet the first thing they do to a new member is teach them how to LIE about the company’s name.
A recent poll was done in a Christian business meeting about how many of the members were really running their businesses based on Christian principles. The average was lower than one in ten. Yet they talked about themselves as Christian business people.
Yes, I’ve found it hard to not be ashamed of being a Christian in the business world…simply because so many people have used Christianity or the name of Jesus as an excuse to be a crook.
We’re not perfect and we all make mistakes. We fail. We don’t do everything that we should. But let’s at least make an effort to put Christian principles in place in our business.Related Entries:
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