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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, November 28, 2001
Dear Colleagues,

ARE YOU A STEPPING STONE OR STUMBLING BLOCK?

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Good Morning!

I remember a conversation I had with a business man who had resisted coming to Christ for many years. His reason? The innumerable professionals with whom he had done business who were also leaders in their churches. The inconsistency between their faith, so-called, and their practices in business triggered serious questions in his mind as to the authenticity of anything Christian.

 One of the greatest challenge we will face in our walk with Christ is how to make our profession of faith and practice in business one and the same. The operative word is  “blameless”.    

“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?  He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman.” (Ps. 15:1-3)

Blamelessmeans conducting our business in such a manner that no one can point the finger at us and utter the word “hypocrite!”

…Make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” (Rom. 15:13)

To help you determine just how blameless you are in your business practices, consider the follow questions:

  • Is it wrong to create a “need” in order to market a product? (Job 31:5)
  • When there is a clash between Biblical principles and expediency, which one usually wins? Why?
  • Is the nature of your product in harmony with Biblical values?
  • How do you view your employees? As expendable, once their usefulness wanes? Or as people whom you desire to assist in reaching their highest potential?  (Job 31:13)
  • Are the brand properties you attribute to your product honestly represented? (Deut. 16:19; Pr.16:11)
  • Is the message you are communicating in your advertising and promotion consistent with Scriptural principles?
  • Do you view the competition as a necessary evil? (2 Cor. 5:16)

-As the enemy whom you must crush?  (Job 31:29,40; Zech 7:9; Luke 6:31)

-Or as people for whom Christ died; people to whom you are His Ambassador?  (2 Cor. 5:18-21)

  • Is it possible to love and serve people with whom you are in competition? Do such truths as “Love your neighbor as yourself” and “Let all that you do be done in love” find application in your business environment?  (Matt. 22:39; 1 Cor. 16:14)
  • When you are in doubt about a marketing strategy or a business decision, do you stop and ask, “What would Jesus do?” Or do you just plow ahead, business as usual? (Jn. 13:16; Eph. 5:2)

QUESTIONHow do your lost associates view you?  As a stepping stone or as a stumbling block?

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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