how important is integrity for christian business owners

The other day, I was listening to a talk by Chip Ingram. He was talking about taking the Lord’s name in vain, and the fact that we shouldn’t do it.

Now if you have been a Christian for longer than a minute, you already know that. But does “taking the Lord’s name in vain” only mean saying certain words?

Chip talked about how taking the Lord’s name in vain also means that we should not misrepresent Christ. It’s NOT OK for people to say they are Christians but not act in a way that is Christ-like.

Let’s think about this from a business standpoint. I’m sure we have all seen people who put a cross or a Jesus fish on their logo. They want everyone to know they are a Christian.

In many circles, letting people know you are a Christian will help your business. Other Christians often want to work with you. It can help you build trust faster. There is definitely an upside.

But what if that person with the cross logo isn’t a person of integrity? What if that person is telling everyone that they are a Christian, but the way they run their business and treat their customers is anything but Christ-like? Is that person taking the Lord’s name in vain?

It’s definitely something to think about. Hopefully, integrity is already a foundational aspect of your business. But if it’s not, putting integrity and how you run your business in the context of taking the Lord’s name in vain will hopefully give you a new perspective on just how important those things are for Christian business owners.

Verse Of The Day

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. – Exodus 20:7 NKJV

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Jerry Kennedy
Jerry Kennedy

Jesus follower. Founder of Purpose Local. Retired chiropractor. Business & marketing mentor/coach. Podcast host. Father of 3. Work in progress.