Recently, I received an email from an online service that caters to those who want to cheat on their spouses. Their tag line is the title of this post. In their advertising, they say this:
“The #1 rule if you’re having an affair: Never to do it with a single woman. Instead, date a married woman who has just as much reason to keep your affair a secret as you do.”
If you’re a Christian Business Owner, this is diametrically opposed to what you stand for. And yet, many in the Christian community who own businesses will end up having affairs. I know of several small business owners who ended up dating their secretaries or Sales Managers or <insert_position_title_here> and ended up losing both their businesses and their marriages. They were destroyed by their peccadillos.
One of the best ways to ensure that you run your business into the ground is to be unfaithful to those who have been faithful to you. In the Christian Business Reference Architecture, we start with who you are as a business owner. And after accepting Christ as your Savior and Lord, the next most important element to running a business God’s way is for the business owner to be free from the bondage of sin. You simply can’t have an affair without being in bondage to sin. Becoming free from the bondage of sin is a foundational part of who you are in Christ – Christians are not to live as though sin has power over them. It’s just not who we are.
Faithfulness is a prerequisite to success. Knowing how to say “no” to that which will tear you down and destroy you is imperative if you’re going to have a business that is focused and successful.
The first part of their tag line is correct: Life is short. But the answer to the shortness is not to have an affair. The answer is to be faithful to God, because eternity lasts…..well…..forever.
Bill English, CEO