Are You a Christian with a Business?

Christians must each decide how their faith will affect their earthly vocations. There is intense pressure from some that the Christian faith should never affect them. Unlike the old saw, “Children should be seen and not heard,” these people think “Christians should neither be seen nor heard.” In other words, “You’d better hide your faith!”

Our Lord said, “everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:23-33, ESV). What’s more important to you: the probably-vain hope of earthly peace with your anti-Christian neighbors, or the rock-solid promise of peace with God? Tough one. Or maybe not.

So business owners, how about your business? Would you like to have Christian employees? Would you like your employees to be Christians? How about your customers and vendors? How about your own family and yourself?

Yes, I admit the tired and worn-out excuse does apply: “You don’t have to attend church to believe in Jesus.” But in the same breath you must also admit, “No one who believes in Jesus will avoid attending church.” Consider the quote above from Matthew 10. We could extend that. “No one who believes in Jesus and wants this for employees will purposely prevent them from attending church.”

Ouch. The rubber has met the road, and we’ve found that it’s filled with brass tacks. If your conscience smarts, that’s good. It’s why the Son of God had to shed His holy blood. But He did, and now He cleanses you of guilt and shame with His Word of forgiveness. He provides food for your body and soul, saying plainly, “This is My body, given for you,” and “This is My blood, shed for you.” He calls you to repentance, where He drowns your sinful flesh in the waters of your baptism and He restores your identity as His adopted child.

Now, about your business. Consider this. God doesn’t promise exactly the same in your case, but nobody has ever gone wrong by following the biblical faith in their earthly vocations. Disaster may strike! But you would meet even that with a good conscience and God’s blessings — whatever they may be. That’s good Christian business practice.

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About Jesse Jacobsen

Pastor Jacobsen moved with his family to the Columbia Gorge in January, 2006. He has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod since 1998. He resides in The Dalles, serving Bethany Lutheran Church, Concordia Lutheran Church, and Columbia Lutheran School.

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