CBMC Forums Focus: A weekly blog to enlighten, encourage and equip Christian business leaders to lead in business using Biblical Business Principles.
Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Teaming. Do you have value conflicts with your team?
This week we will focus on Existing Teams. What if you’re already teamed with non-christians?
Even well-meaning Christians often disagree. The bigger issue with teaming is – what is our standard? Do we have a standard delineated for all to understand?
Some Christians don’t run their business by Biblical standards, AND some non-christians operate their businesses by Biblical standards. (I was VP in charge of a division of such a private company before CBMC staff and had no conflicting values.) Some years ago the Baltimore Bezalel Group met with the then President of ServiceMaster. In response to a question on non-christians being part of the company leadership team, he stated his then CFO was not yet a real Christian, BUT that he was in tune with the company’s Biblical standards.
The context of the following passage is marriage. Deeper level business teams, including partnerships, can be similar to marriage relationships and commitments.
Now, for those who are married I have a command that comes not from me, but from the Lord. A wife must not leave her husband. But if she does leave him, let her remain single or else go back to him. And the husband must not leave his wife. Now, I will speak to the rest of you, though I do not have a direct command from the Lord. If a Christian man has a wife who is an unbeliever and she is willing to continue living with him, he must not leave her. And if a Christian woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not have a godly influence, but now they are set apart for him. (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a Christian insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife is not required to stay with them, for God wants his children to live in peace.) You wives must remember that your husbands might be converted because of you. And you husbands must remember that your wives might be converted because of you. You must accept whatever situation the Lord has put you in, and continue on as you were when God first called you. This is my rule for all the churches. 1 Corinthians 7:10-17 NLT Paul states he doesn’t have a direct command from the Lord, but God can and does use Christians who are unequally yoked to impact the family. Can the same principle apply to business teams?
A few verses later Paul states – You should continue on as you were when God called you. Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you — but if you get a chance to be free, take it. And remember, if you were a slave when the Lord called you, the Lord has now set you free from the awful power of sin. And if you were free when the Lord called you, you are now a slave of Christ. God purchased you at a high price. Don’t be enslaved by the world. So, dear brothers and sisters, whatever situation you were in when you became a believer, stay there in your new relationship with God. 1 Corinthians 7:20-24 NLT While the context in this passage is slaves, the principle is continue where you were when you became a Christian. Can this principle apply to business teams?
Business By The Book lists the following questions to ask:
Who is in charge? When push comes to shove who makes the decision? Can the line be held to keep Biblical values?
What are your absolute values? These are the non-negotiable values. By having these stated up front, future problems can be avoided.
Are you in a deeper level team (key executives, partners) with non-christians? Is God leading you to consider taking any minor actions now to avoid major future problems?
Bit of Wisdom
Happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing God’s work. Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make good use of them without becoming attached to them, for this world and all it contains will pass away.1 Corinthians 7:30-31 NLT
Business By the Book Workshops are an excellent way to learn and review Biblical Business Principles. Prayerfully consider hosting a Business by the Book Workshop at your company or church?
BBB Groups help graduates of Business By the Book Workshops and Seminars apply Biblical Business Principles.
Forums Groups help one-another resolve difficult business issues using Biblical Business Principles through prayer, counsel, support, and accountability in a confidential closed group environment.
Business Leadership Forums are periodic events where business leaders share how applying Biblical Business Principles has impacted their business.
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