Dr RC Sproul Jr. of Highlands Ministries, www.highlandsministriesonline.org, says and I agree, that we must strive to live lives which are Simple, Separate and Deliberate. By definition these tenets cleave us from a world that is bent on complicated, integrated and marginal.
When we decide on which companies we will patronize for the services and products in our business and personal lives, we must weigh whether or not the easy road is the one which will serve the kingdom or our convenience. Knowing that a company supports Planned Parenthood, or a Sodomite agenda should be an immediate “cause for pause.” We must assess these wayward companies and their ability to truly serve our family. The revenue we pay pagan companies for the products received or the services rendered just may fuel despicable agendas. Whether funds go directly to aborting babies or paying for Homosexual rallies is not the issue. Cash paid in to Morally Bankrupt organizations from Christians, equals the ability for these organizations to keep the lights on and the heating bill paid. It is what I call the “same pants, different pocket” analogy. Money in = Money out, and the ability to put money out to pay the bills at immoral companies keeps them in business, bottom line.
It is time that we choke off the revenue to companies that stand in opposition to Christ. It is time that we follow Christ Honoring Ecomonics, and support the companies that stand opposed to sin.
Organizations such as Life Decisions International, www.fightpp.org have identified many companies that take your dollars and support agendas that stand contrary to Christ. It is time to just say no. It is time to end the passive funding of organizations through the pockets of companies that are happy to take your hard earned money and direct it against the one true God. As of December 2010, Planned Parenthood had over $900 million in the bank. This money is allocated to build new clinics in 2011 and beyond.
I have a new maxim for 2011; Shop simple, Shop separate, and Shop deliberate. Be careful which pockets we are lining!
The fourth commandment is clear that we must keep the Sabbath Holy. However, in our culture working six days and observing the seventh day as a day of worship and rest, stands in direct contrast to our society. The current malaise toward the Sabbath is the out growth of deliberate attacks from a pagan world, but it has been equally buoyed by a church that is soft in the pulpit.
Nothing has changed for the last two thousand years. We are called to rest and observe the Sabbath. Industry, entertainment and commerce do not observe the Sabbath, but we must. Sadly, when it comes to a righteous and appropriate view of the Sabbath, the church has been on a gradual slide toward syncretism with the world. We look like them, we talk like them and in regard to our view of the Sabbath we have weakened just like them.
I have travelled over 3 million miles in my business career. I am ashamed to say that many of these trips began on Sundays. I excused the value of rest on the Lords Day in the interest of economics, convenient travel and a better use of my time as I began a travel week. What a mistake this was. Since I have exited corporate America, and committed myself to an entrepreneurial multi generational business model, Sunday work and the associated travel has not been an option for me. This adherence to a seventh day of rest has been a blessing that I truly relish.
Admittedly, it was hard to observe a day of rest at first. I am not genetically predisposed to rest. I don’t even vacation well. Quiet Sundays were historically great times to catch up from a busy week, or to make business strides, but at what cost. The direct challenge to Gods word regarding the Sabbath, is an invitation to the adoption of additional weak theology, and neutrality toward a man centered world view.
Honoring Christ with a once a week respite will do you and your family wonders. There will be no lost business, there will be no reduction of income. I am resolute that God will faithfully provide all of the business and promotion that He has ordered for you in six days. Psalm 75:6 is clear that our promotion does not come from the East, or the West, or the South. But it is God who sets up kings and takes them down. Six days was enough for the creator of the universe. So as for me and my house, Six days is enough. God said, that settles it!
Psalm 91 Outlines wise instruction.
“he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (KJV)
There is no finer place to be. When we step out from this covering we allow Satan to tempt us, and we allow sin to ensnare us. Trusting in His protection for our lives and our families will allow us to rest and be satisfied. Believing that nothing will happen in our lives, or in our business that is not specifically for our good, and Gods glory provides a peace that non believers will never experience. This week may you understand the comfort of resting under the cover of His wing, and enter the marketplace with Christ as your “shield and buckler.”