I was inspired to write this post today after seeing an advertisement on the side of a truck in the grocery store parking lot.
The banner was promoting a lawn care service. It gave the name and phone number and a slogan: We're doing God's business. That wouldn't have been so bad but it was the fact that he wasn't acting very godly at the time. As a matter of fact, he was yelling at a young child, who looked to be about 13. I presumed it was one of his children. He told the boy person to get his d--- a-- in the truck or get left!
First, was it necessary for him to promote God in his business? I'm assuming, in his frustration, he lost his religion for a moment and forgot the fact that he was riding in his company vehicle.
Next thing I'm curious about is: Is he only seeking businesses from Christians? Is he telling us that if we aren't Christians, we shouldn't call him for service?
What if he did a job that wasn't up to your satisfaction? Should the customer just accept the shoddy work because he says he's working for God? Is the customer obligated to pay because he says he's working for God? What happens if we should ever see him in an "ungodly" light?
As someone who believes in God and the power of prayer, I do believe faith and prayer can get you through some tough business situations where other people give up and quit. God has placed opportunity and responsibility in my life and I'm doing my best to follow what the Bible teaches financially and ethically about my business.
I do believe in mixing my faith with my business but I also believe actions speak louder than words. What do you say?