Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Why Blog About Christian Business?


Why a blog about Christian business?

Good question…I’m glad you asked. In fact, I’ve asked myself that same question for more than a year now. Yes, it’s been in the back of my mind. I’ve been thinking about it. I even ran some tests to see what interest there was in this subject.

It Says In God We Trust - But Do We?

It Says In God We Trust - But Do We?

Sadly…the initial indications weren’t good. It seemed like people advertising for keywords like “christian business” were simply selling hyped up business opportunities which promised to make their users thousands of dollars daily.

Sad really…Christians come online – looking for a way to network with other Christians in business and/or looking for a way to make money online. Instead of finding what they want, they get blasted with dozens of business opportunities which simply steal their time and their money.

The Truth about Business is it’s NOT Easy Starting Out.

It’s not…contrary to what you might have been told. You can’t simply hand someone $50 and have all the answers you’ll ever need.

You have to work hard. You have to research your market. You have to produce good content. You need to sell products with value. And you need to learn persuasion skills to help people come to a buying decision.

Success doesn’t come overnight. Yet, that is what I saw plastered all over the web in regards to christian business.

There we other issues as well that made this a very hard decision.

Way too often I’ve seen business owners loudly proclaim their Christianity, but doing business with them was anything but Christian. Customer service? Non-existent. A product that really delivers on what they claim? Nope. Instead of getting something that should be an EXAMPLE of business, we often get a poor imitation of what the world already delivers.

That’s a class I most definitely didn’t want to put myself in.

Another concern that comes up of course is this also means I’ll have to hold myself to higher standards. By “teaching” about christian business, it means I will judged more harshly.

“My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.”
James 3:1-2

Teachers receive a stricter judgement. We usually just apply that to pastors and evangelists, but it applies to a blogger as well who is talking about this subject.

In addition to all the above…

I Feel Too Many Christians have a Sense of Entitlement which is a SERIOUS Problem Today.

If you need the definition on that, Wikipedia defines entitlement as, “someone’s belief that one is deserving of some particular reward or benefit.”

Many Christians think they should get some kind of reward because they showed up at church today. Or maybe they should get a gold star because they didn’t lie to their neighbor. Or perhaps they should get a prize because they didn’t shoplift at Walmart this week.

OR maybe a business owner should give them a special deal because they’re a Christian also (wink-wink).

Even in my other internet business, I’ve had Christians contact my support system begging for prayer and for money to pay their rent. We do pray for them, but we don’t send them money. We don’t know them and God never told me to pay their debts. In fact, if I counted how often this has happened and the amounts, it would be more than I’ve earned in 13 years online!

And I’ve never had anyone ask for that type of gift who didn’t also add the words, “pray for me” and “Christian” in with their request.

Where does this sense of entitlement come from in the Christian world?

I’m not sure, because the sacrifice Jesus made for us most definitely wasn’t free. You cost the life of God’s own son. You’re valuable beyond belief.

And part of your value is the purpose, the skills, and the God’s own ability which He has placed in you. When look for handouts from any outside source, they’re limiting God’s ability to work in them. I learned a long time ago that God’s will for me was not financial miracles. No matter how much I prayed for that, and begged for it, no MIRACLE ever came.

What did come was God’s blessings which are infinitely better than a one time miracle.

Take the limits off of God and what He can do through you. Have more faith in God’s ability to work through you than in your own ability to screw it up! Which one is greater…His ability or your weaknesses? Once you ask that question – you give up the right to ever say, “I can’t” again.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Phil 4:13

And the entrepreneurial world has NO place for a sense of entitlement. If someone has that in them, we’ll have to dig it out and tear it out by the roots. You won’t survive in a Christian business if you don’t. Having even the slightest elements of it will mean disaster in your business.

Being a christian entrepreneur is all about grabbing the reigns of God’s calling and purpose for you…and doing whatever it takes to see it done. You’ll have opposition. Maybe even from your own household. You’ll have potential business partners you shouldn’t trust. You’ll have times where it seems like there is no way out.

In all, you have to stand. If you don’t, then it’s over.

So with all these reasons why not to blog about christian business, why am I doing it?

It’s simple. I feel called to do so. I don’t know where it will lead…or what I will build out of this site, but I do know I want to do this. It’s taken a while for me to accept the calling to do this.

For that I apologize in being slow to create this site.

I know it may help many people. You could be one of them.

So I’m here to share my feelings about being a christian in business, our life purpose, and internet business strategies I’ve learned from the last 13 years. Where we’re headed, I don’t know exactly, but I do know it will be an interesting ride.

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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